It’s been three years in the making, but George Carlin Way is officially a reality. Earlier this afternoon a few hundred comedy fans and comedians damned to hell the wet, cold and incredibly windy day to gather at the corner of Morningside Drive and 121st Street in Harlem to not just see the literal unveiling of the sign but also to hear George’s daughter Kelly, older brother Patrick, George’s girlfriend Sally Wade, comedian Colin Quinn and New York City Council member Mark Levine (who actually dropped a ‘motherf-cker’) speak of why George Carlin is such an important part of their lives and why it’s about time the neighborhood in which the iconic comedian grew up is finally honoring Carlin.
Perhaps most importantly, comedian Kevin Bartini, who spearheaded the street naming campaign, spoke about his amazing journey. Those gathered in addition to those who spoke included comedians Jim Norton, Gilbert Gottfried, Ted Alexandro, Lizz Winstead, Eddie Brill, Dave Attell, Judah Friedlander, Robert Klein, Costaki Economopoulos, Rick Overton, John Fugelsang, Jon Fisch and more. The photo to the right was taken before the ceremony at a private gathering at the Flat Top bistro.
Also in the crowd was Richard Pryor’s daughter Rain Pryor, Carlin’s manager and friend Jerry Hamza, friend and author Tony Hendra. We’ll have video coverage of the event – including exclusive interviews tomorrow on Laughspin. But for now, here’s the moment of the unveiling!