The last time my husband and I saw George Carlin perform—it was during his last HBO special, It’s Bad for Ya
—he looked pretty ill. He was as pithy and wonderful as ever, if not even darker than usual, but his eyes were sunken in and his face just seemed so… old. Well, he was 71, after all, so I don’t know why we were surprised; after enjoying his comedy for a decade of our lives, I guess we just expected him to live forever. And though it sounds cliché, he definitely will through his amazing comedy and social commentary, books and DVD specials, and unforgettable Supreme Court case—which he seemed to be very proud of.