Biting the hand that feeds

How do you combine being an edgy comedian with bring a renowned casino performer? In George Carlin’s case, not so well. His farewell show at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas might have been his chance to let off some steam, and I only hope that someone got all of this on tape.

From World Net Daily:

Comedian George Carlin, 67, known for his shockingly obscene monologues got himself in trouble in Las Vegas recently � but not because of his filthy mouth.

In his last performance at the MGM Grand after four years before 700 paying customers, he reportedly said: “People who go to Las Vegas, you’ve got to question their f—–g intellect � traveling hundreds and thousands of miles to essentially give your money to a large corporation is kind of f—–g moronic. That’s why what I’m always getting here is these kind of f—–g people with very limited intellects.”

But that’s not the end of Carlin’s performing in Vegas. He is scheduled to open in February at the Stardust Hotel.

A woman shouted, “Stop degrading us.” Carlin replied by inviting her, in two words, to perform a sexual act upon him.

He said he was eager to get out of “this (bad word) hotel” and back east “where the real people are.”

George Carlin attacks gambling in VegasI ran into George Carlin a few years ago when I was working at the Taj–he seemed like a pretty cool and down to earth guy. I find it humorous that the audience would be so taken aback–they all know that the odds are against them, right?

And “Stop degrading us” has to be the funniest thing that a heckler has ever said. How pathetic! This whole thing seems like a Bill Hicks routine–it’s a shame that guy never played any casinos. It would have been genius.

Isn’t it strange that Linda Ronstadt dedicates a song to Michael Moore and gets national attention, but George Carlin “degrades” his entire audience with nary a peep from the mainstream media? Chalk it up to organization competence–the Aladdin had to make a public issue about Rondstat, whereas MGM was content to allow Carlin to spout off and let the issue die quietly.

I feel a little bad for the people who paid good money to be insulted, but if you can’t come up with anything better than “Stop degrading us,” either laugh at the joke or sit there and take it.

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