Fans of classic comedy – and, in particular, Carlin purists – are in for one hell of a George injection. On March 27, not only will the late comedian’s official website be re-launched, but his portrait is also to be unveiled at the Smithsonian National Gallery. Featured alongside portraits of Ellen DeGeneres and Groucho Marx, the Smithsonian is highlighting these comedians who have shaped our national dialogue in its “Recognize” space. (While many more comedians have made vast, if not equal contributions to the culture, these three were selected as the result of a poll the Smithsonian recently conducted through its magazine’s website).
And, speaking of websites, Carlin’s official cyberspace place is set to reopen on the same date, to help celebrate this momentous occasion. A project of The George Carlin Estate, the website aims to be the central hub by which fans of Carlin can seek absolutely any scrap of information, rare and legendary performance videos, and top-of-the-line merchandise. Perhaps the best of these videos is the previously unreleased clip of Carlin performing at the 1972 Milwaukee Summerfest, where he was later arrested on charges of obscenity for performing his defining “Seven Dirty Words” routine.
Check out an audio clip of Carlin tearing up Summerfest ’72 below, and be sure to hit up GeorgeCarlin.com on March 27 to get your funny fix on.