Monday, June 23, 2008

Look Out, Johnny Squares

After hearing that comedy legend George Carlin passed away yesterday, I found myself wondering if there's some kind of mad celeb disease going around. Famous folks are dropping like flies lately. In the last 30 days, we've lost Carlin, dancer Cyd Charisse, sportscaster Charlie Jones, political reporter Tim Russert, blues man Bo Diddley, designer Yves Saint-Laurent, Pittsburgh Steelers great Dwight White, comedian Harvey Korman, actor/director Sydney Pollack and comedian Dick Martin. It's long been known that celebrities die in groups of threes, but what are they doing now? Going in groups of thirty-threes? When will the Grim Reaper take a rest, or at least swing by Paris Hilton's place?

Oh come on now, I'm just kidding. I would never wish death on Paris. That's letting her off too easy.


Mathdude said...

Carlin's passing marks a sad, sad day. He was a true genius.

Beth said...

I'd wish death on Paris. An embarrassing death.

Maybe the celebs are going in threes by category. You list three comedians and two in the news biz.

Beth said...

Dody Goodman just died. You opened up the gate to the River Styx, Becks.

X. Dell said...

There seem to be certain years where celebrity deaths are more numerable than others. 1993 was one of those yers.

Carlin's death is particularly sad, because he obviously wasn't ready to go. He had plans for vacation, followed by another book and tour.

Falwless said...

I'm knocking on wood. NOT IT. I don't wanna go next.

evil-e said...

There have been a lot of high profile deaths of late.

George will be missed.

Mix Tape Girl said...

By the looks of things Amy Winehouse is next. Put me down for $20 on that bet.

Chancelucky said...

Of all of them, I think I'll miss George Carlin the most. He was genuinely funny and managed to keep his act fresh across several decades even after those seven words got said on television or at least on cable.

fran said...

Following up on Beth's comment, Jim McKay was omitted from the list. That makes three newsmen...oooooooh! *insert creepy noises*

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I think Daddy Hilton bought off the grim reaper anyway.

Gifted Typist said...

And we lost Humphrey Lyttelton too, or at least I did

LoraLoo said...

I was so sad to see that George Carlin died. You're right, there has been an awful lot of celebrity deaths lately!


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