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Is this true?  Link

And here

Carlin may have stopped voting in 1972. But America's most consistently savage social commentator for the best part of a half century, who has died at age 71, did not give up on politics.

And a YouTube obituary here.
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This is the one where Tim kept Harvey cracking up throughout the entire sketch.  Man I can remember roaring with laughter for this one.  I've been laughing so hard tonight looking at it.  I notice a lot of the famous Korman sketches are slow to load in YouTube tonight.  The Gone With the Wind sketch took forever!

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Harvey Korman.

Man--loved that guy.

And Harvey Korman and Tim Conway?  An early OTP if you ask me:

Korman and Conway developed an uncanny rapport that made them arguably one of television's most lethal comic teams; Conway's on-camera ad-libs often made Korman crack up; producers wisely kept them in the show.

For about eight years, until late last December, the pair toured the country in a stage show that, more than anything, was a homage to their years with Burnett. They performed about 120 shows a year.

"I don't know whether either one of us was the straight man," Conway said. "The most important thing in comedy when you're working together is for one guy to know when to shut up. And we both knew when to shut up; quiet show, actually."  (From here)

They worked together for 30 years and were still touring together!

RIP Mr. Korman.  You brought joy and laughter (sometimes uncontrollable) to millions.
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I know I've already posted on this.  But just viewed one of my saved fanvids for Brokeback.  Set to the turn of Ever the Same.  Seeing Heath play Ennis--man it just hurts to think he's gone.  Reading through my flist it's like everyone is having the same reaction--namely WTF?  Those were the first words out of my mouth when I first heard it.  My daughter says she also reacted with WTF??!!!  Part of me wonders if my reaction is the feeling of two people passing.  Both Heath and Ennis.

Edit:  I just realized another reason why this has hit me so strongly.  Brokeback Mountain was the first film in what turned into a greater appreciation of media that explored the entire range of human relationships--including same sex relationships.  Brokeback, then QAF, Torchwood, and along the same timeline--slash fanfic.  Although I think I was into slash prior to Brokeback by a year or two--but it's all tied together and somehow symbolized in my mind by Brokeback Mountain.  And I really, really do not mean because of the "shock" factor or the "tee-hee, omg m/m action" factor.  Truly because of the depth of emotion and tragedy that the relationship represented.  It touched me so deeply. And while I enjoyed Jake's performance--it was Heath and Ennis that hit me deep in my soul.
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I was in an all day meeting and completely offline and unplugged today.  [profile] fickleone called me to let me know about Heath Ledger.  Normally, the passing of actors/celebrities is not a significant thing for me.  But I do have a smallish number of actors who I really respect and Heath Ledger was one of those.  It's weird to me that someone who I'd really only seen in a couple of movies (Knight's Tale and Brokeback) has registered as so significant in my mind.  I think it was the different way I saw him between what I originally saw in Knight's Tale and then what I saw in Brokeback.  I enjoyed both movies.  I saw Knight's Tale because of my daughter and I really did enjoy it, but I admit that I saw it as a typical hollywood movie playing towards the young female demographic (i.e., my daughter).  That didn't mean I didn't enjoy it--but I admit that it was not a huge standout for me. 

What really made it stand out for me was when I saw Brokeback.  My appreciation for Heath Ledger rose ten-fold.  I was so blown away by his performance of Enis that it made me re-evaluate my shallow original response to Knight's Tale.  When I saw interviews with him later he further rose in my mind because he seemed so level-headed and down-to-earth. 

I guess I have this set of four categories of performers: 

1) those that are really just "celebrities" -- such as the Brittany's of the world.  These I don't think much about at all.  Not in the sense of "judging" them--but rather in the sense that I mostly don't pay any attention to them. 

2) Actors that are successful and "good" at acting--but seem to be either a "one-note" "same guy/gal" in every performance OR let acting get to their heads.  Such as the Tom Cruises of the world.  Again, I can enjoy their work (as long as they don't pass the line into truly weird)--but I don't have the same level of respect for them as I do for my third category. 

3)  I call these my Robert Redford/Paul Newman category.  Those actors who are really good, stay level headed, and don't let the Hollywood hype get to them.  They practice their craft, not their celebrity.  Like Redford, they start to work behind the cameras and are more than a one-note kinda actor.  In this category I place folks like Heath, Robert Redford, Paul Newman, and I really think Jensen Ackles--and I'm sure there are few others but I'm drawing a blank. 

Then I have to admit there is a 4th category:  People like Shatner, Nimoy, Jared Padalecki etc.  Those actors who have just contributed something to my enjoyment in something.  For example in something like Star Trek.  They may be very good actors or they may not be.  They are just someone I love because of one or more things they've done and/or who they are.  I don't think any less of these actors and may in fact appreciate them more to distraction in some cases than those in category #3.  They may migrate into category #3 as they mature and/or I see more of them.

There is one constant (I think) in both the #3 and #4 types--they all tend to be hard-working and level-headed--more about the work then the image.

So I rambled.  But back to Heath--such a major shame. So young.  So talented.  I really feel for his family.
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Man I loved him so much ages ago back in my college dorm days.  My roommates brother introduced me to "Netherlands" and "Twins Sons of a Different Mother."  I burned deep groves into those albums.  Very well matched for angtsy college days.


Nether Lands

High on this mountain
The clouds down below
I`m feeling so strong and alive
From this rocky perch
I`ll continue to search
For the wind
And the snow
And the sky
I want a lover
I want some friends
And I want to live in the sun
And I want to do all the things that I
never have done.

Sunny bright mornings
And pale moonlit nights
Keep me from feeling alone
Now, I`m learning to fly
And this freedom is like
Nothing that I`ve ever known
I`ve seen the bottom
And I`ve been on top
But mostly I`ve lived in between
And where do you go
When you get to the end of
your dream?

Off in the nether lands
I heard a sound
Like the beating of heavenly wings
And deep in my brain
I can hear a refrain
Of my soul as she rises and sings
Anthems to glory and
Anthems to love and
Hymns filled with early delight
Like the songs that the darkness
Composes to worship the light.

Once in a vision
I came on some woods
And stood at a fork in the road
My choices were clear
Yet I froze with the fear
Of not knowing which way to go
One road was simple
Acceptance of life
The other road offered sweet peace
When I made my decision
My vision became my release.
  Nether Lands


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