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The George Carlin of the 1960s - VIDEOS

by Richard Keller, posted Jun 26th 2008 3:06PM

A George Carlin publicity photo from the 1960sFor most, memories of George Carlin on television come from his many HBO specials starting from the 1970s and continuing up until the present day. For others, it was his appearance during the very first Saturday Night Live back in 1975. But, there was another George Carlin that many don't remember. That is the very young George Carlin from the 1960s.

Before the beard, and the long hair, and the swearing and his "the world is doomed" attitude, George Carlin was a traditional suit-and-tie stand-up comic. He began by teaming up with comedian Jack Burns in the late 1950s, then eventually went his own way. During that time he came up with a number of famous routines including "The Indian Sergeant," "The Hippy-Dippy Weatherman," and "Wonderful WINO." Many of these routines would be performed on shows like The Tonight Show (both the Jack Paar and Johnny Carson versions) and the Ed Sullivan Show.

After the jump you'll see two examples of his mid-60s television appearances.

The first one may or may not be from the Ed Sullivan Show. Either way, it features Carlin performing "The Indian Sergeant." The second video is from a 1966 episode of The Tonight Show, with Carlin as Al Sleet -- the Hippie-Dippie Weatherman. The Tonight Show video will probably more familiar to those viewers who have spent numerous early morning hours watching television since it was part of the Tonight Show DVD infomerical that aired for several years.

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Looks a bit like Brian Williams in the B&W clip. Separated at birth...

June 26 2008 at 9:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Actually, that first clip is from The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour - http://classicshowbiz.blogspot.com/2007/12/smothers-brothers-comedy-hour-with.html

June 26 2008 at 8:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Please keep the George Carlin material coming. He was such an important voice in this world.

June 26 2008 at 3:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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