George Carlin’s daughter says he would roll his eyes on the far right

Kelly Carlin, daughter of the late comedian George Carlin, is confused that Donald Trump supporters and rights have tried to claim her father as one of their own.

“Before he died in 2008 and walked Hillary, my dad was like, ‘You know, it’s going to be fine. Hillary [Clinton] gonna get in there and she’ll get some people some jobs.’ I mean, of course he leaned in that direction. My dad was a lifelong New Yorker and lifelong New Yorkers hate Donald Trump,” she says, laughing at this bonus episode of The new abnormal podcast. “It just always shocks me when these Trumpers want to claim him as their own.”

Kelly arrived on the show with comedian-director Judd Apatow to talk with hosts Andy Levy and Molly Jong-Fast about her father and about Apatow’s upcoming HBO documentary about George Carlin, which Apatow says initially ” scared”.

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“I listened to his albums when I was a little kid and I feel like he broke things down in such a specific way and saw the world as such a critical thinker that it installed the software in your head how to write jokes and how to think and how to look at things. And I really didn’t want to screw up a documentary about his life,” says Apatow.

Andy saw the documentary and assures him he didn’t.

“It just felt honest. It just felt like this was George Carlin,” he says.

“I always think he wanted to tell people that financial interests want the country to fight. That’s how they steal all the money,” adds Apatow. “And I also think he thought the system was rigged, that dark money controls who gets elected. All of these issues that are at the forefront these days, whether it’s abortion, gay rights, or trans rights, it’s the Republicans trying to upset people so they can stay in power. When Elon Musk says, “I’m a Republican,” he’s not worried about people having abortions, he’s not against gay rights, he just cares about his money.”

“We called [his comedy] dark or angry, but he saw clearly where the ship was going,” says Kelly of her father’s political comment. This is where her belief that he would not side with the Republicans comes into play.

“The extreme right would like to say they are in the minority now, but [George Carlin] would roll our eyes because we know where all the wealth and power is. That was the core, the deepest, deepest core of my father’s moral center from day one,” adds Kelly.

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