George Carlin & eBay

23 06 2008

By now you probably already know about the untimely death of the legendary comedian, George Carlin. I remember vividly watching his TV show as a teenager in 1994 and have followed his career through all these years. Sadly, the first HBO special I watched of his also happened to be his last one (about two months ago) but it was very entertaining.

As is usually the case, lots eBay auctions have been popping up like they do when someone of celebrity status passes away. When Cubs pitcher Geremi Gonzalez died a month and a half ago after being struck lightning, his in-person autographs, the few available, were hot items on eBay with plenty of bids and final selling prices going into the low, three-digit prices.

Here is one interesting auction that makes me wonder. Here George Carlin took the time to sign one of his albums and the “fan” rushed to eBay to list it the moment he was dead. He claims that he “truly feels guilty” but doesn’t mind asking for a ‘Buy It Now’ price of $899.00 dollars.

Things that make you go “hmm”…


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23 06 2008
--David

Evidently, “guilt” is very subjective, even within one’s own self….

23 06 2008
Dave

I am very saddened by the news of George Carlin’s death. The world was a better place with him in it. I saw his last stand-up special too, and at least we know that he’s not “up there now smiling down on us”. The good news is that George Carlin influenced more of today’s comedians than just about any other person, so his legacy will live on for many years…

23 06 2008
whitesoxcards

I was lucky enough to see him at the Chicago Theatre a few years ago. He was working on material for his second to last HBO special, so it wasn’t the absolute best, but it was still great and memorable.

23 06 2008
Gellman

Carlin rules. But I am not suprised that people are trying to cash in. Doesnt this happen every time?

23 06 2008
Charlie

R.I.P. Georgie

23 06 2008
dayf

The old Wall Street adage is “Buy the rumor, Sell the news”. That way you get in early and can sell when there’s a lot of people thinking about the stock. Same principle applies to memorabilia, and unfortunately a celebrity’s death is probably the last news you’ll get. It makes sense from a purely economic standpoint no matter how ghoulish it seems.

I’ve been depressed about this all day and after seeing someone on a messageboard say in effect “He was a nice comedian and all, but he’s no Doug Stanhope” I’ve pretty much lost all faith in humanity. To the fans out there, may the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house.

23 06 2008
Mario A.

Doug Stanhope is a poor man’s Joe Rogan….yuk.

24 06 2008
oldschoolbreaks

I’m happy that I also got to see him a couple times in Atlantic City in 2001 and 2004. A good chunk of jokes were from his book “Napalm and Silly Putty,” which was his most recent book at the time. Very sad to see him go. RIP.

And Doug who??? Carlin > all.

24 06 2008
Jbob

I was born in Toledo, nice pic. Where’s all the blue food?

25 06 2008
Dave

Hey Mario,

In case you didn’t hear yet, HBO2 will have 11 George Carlin specials over the next two nights:
http://www.hbo.com/events/george-carlin/tribute.html

1 07 2008
Martand

It’s just as retarded saying that George Carlin is better than Doug Stanhope as saying Stanhope is better than Carlin. You’re the same idiot who has just seen a few clips of the other comic and you defend your favourite blindly. They are different comics, NOT COMPARABLE AT ALL. All you can say is that Carlin has accomplished a lot and Stanhope is yet to.

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