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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Famous comedian likes RAW

Sue Howard points out on that a famous UK comedian, Scotland's Frankie Boyle, praises Robert Anton Wilson in a memoir, My Shit Life So Far.

Quoting from Page 143 of the book: "Robert Anton Wilson is a writer who wrote a bunch of great books about freeing your mind. One of his exercises is a little list of dogmas you should try to challenge yourself with. One of them is 'a cop is a cop is a cop'. It was hard to get my head around at first because as kids we were terrified of the police."

American comedian George Carlin, famous at least on this side of the pond, and RAW were mutual admirers. The proof is in Chaos and Beyond, which reprints a letter Wilson wrote to "Trajectories."


michael said...

In David Jay Brown's book _Conversations on the Edge of the Apocalypse_, p.179: "Comedian George Carlin said, 'I have learned more from Robert Anton Wilson than I have from any other source.'"

Brown interviewed Carlin in that book. In a biography about Carlin, _7 Dirty Words_(Sullivan), Carlin talked about how important The Realist was to him when he was a "straight" comedian.

Comedian Marc Maron wrote a book in which he talks about how reading Illuminatus! sent him into big-time paranoia mode.

Eric Wagner said...

I remember Carlin's routine about "The Hippie Dippie Weather Man, with all the hippie dippie weather, man" proved revelatory to me in fifth grade.