George Carlin to Louis CK: ‘It’s Important Not To Give A Shit’

“I didn’t know this dissonance was inside me.” George Carlin

Louis CK

There’s no standup comedian hotter than Louis CK right now. His FX television show, Louie, earned him two Emmy Award nominations in 2011, and his recent comedy special, Live at the Beacon Theater, made history when CK distributed the show via the web (not HBO) and netted $1,000,000 in sales in mere days.

Louis CK is comedy gold and fans adore him! But times weren’t always so easy. Back in 2010, CK spoke at a tribute to George Carlin (hosted by Whoopi Goldberg at the New York Public Library) and revisited his early days in the profession. For years — actually 15 grueling years — CK performed the same old act and spun his wheels. Then he looked to Carlin and turned his career around. Perseverance counts. But so does perspective. Turns out, Carlin had just the right medicine to cure CK’s mediocrity. Take a gander at the videos below, including CK’s tribute and Carlin, talking about his own career turnaround. Here’s a sneak peek into the veteran late-comedian’s philosophy: “it’s important not to give a shit,” Carlin claimed.

[Carlin Tribute]

You can find the full Carlin tribute here. And below, Carlin describes the turning point in his own life — the moment when he learned “not to give a shit” and his comic genius came into full bloom.

[Burning Up The Math Building]

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