Carlin honoured at private service

'90 per cent of it was laughter'

Larry Sanders star Garry Shandling was among those paying tribute to George Carlin at a private memorial service in Los Angeles yesterday.

Comedian Bill Maher was also among the 150 or so friends and family who attended the service, which was closed to the public and news media.

After the event, Carlin’s daughter, Kelly Carlin McCall, told the Associated Press news agency: ‘It was a very, very light event, as he wanted it.

‘I'd say 90 per cent of it was laughing and just remembering what he brought to us in his funny way.’

Shandling sent Carlin material when he was still a teenage student, and received encouraging feedback.

America’s NBC network also paid tribute to Carlin on Saturday night by repeating the first ever episode of Saturday Night Live from 1975, which Carlin hosted.

Published: 30 Jun 2008

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