June 24, 2008

Jerry Seinfeld: "I was on the phone with George Carlin nine days ago and we were making some death jokes."

"We were talking about Tim Russert and Bo Diddley and George said: 'I feel safe for a while. There will probably be a break before they come after the next one. I always like to fly on an airline right after they’ve had a crash. It improves your odds.'"

Wow! I thought everyone knew the Rule of Three!

22 comments:

Methadras said...

Death. The ultimate surprise.

Invisible Man said...

Why did God just not choose door No. 2 that day?

Joe said...

Death. The ultimate surprise.

How?

You think you're not going to die?

Michael said...

It would have to be the "Rule of Fours". Harvey Korman died recently, too.

former law student said...

When I participated in a celebrity death pool some years ago, I noticed that celeb deaths did tend to cluster -- this depressed the jackpots for the subsequent deaths. But it's no different from the lottery.

amba said...

What about CYd Charisse? That's five.

But maybe there are going to be three women now . . .

jdeeripper said...

What's the time limit of the Rule of Three pattern?

AllenS said...

Has anybody else noticed that when reading the obituaries, every one seems to die alphabetically.

Bissage said...

I still laugh while watching “Seinfeld” on TV so I’m not going to be stupid, petty and cruel by typing out that painfully obvious joke: “George Carlin didn’t go first. Jerry Seinfeld’s been dead for years.”

No. I’m in one of my deeper moods so I’ll meditate on the question of comedy, life, the universe and everything and answer it with this: LINK.

Pogo said...

I propose a Celebrity Death Channel. Lets call it Obits.TV

Given the demographics of the baby boomer generation, the time slots will fill in quickly. Like Biography, but updated daily.

There are also enough young celebs driving drunk or shooting each other or ingesting far too many chemicals that we can readily draw in the important 15-35 crowd.

I think I am onto something.
Patent pending!

dbp said...

Oh, everbody knows that they will die someday, but we never expect it to be right n

Gretchen said...
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Gretchen said...

What about Dody Goodman? She died a few days ago, but maybe no one remembers her.

former law student said...

Pogo: Many times I've read an obituary only to think, "I thought soandso died a long time ago." To help you find candidates for your show, these competing website may come in handy:
www.deadoraliveinfo.com
www.whosaliveandwhosdead.com

Wasn't Dodie Goodman a Match Game/Hollywood Squares celebrity? What were her actual claims to fame?

Timothy said...

jdeeripper said...
What's the time limit of the Rule of Three pattern?


There is no time limit. That's the beauty of the rule of threes--you are free to make any adjustments you want. The rule is perfectly flexible not just with time, but also who gets included and who doesn't--so it's always right!

jeff said...

Seinfeld's been dead for years? How do you figure?

William said...

Almost as a matter of logic it is impossible to imagine your own non-existence. Every working person thinks they deserve a 10% raise and every living person thinks they're good for a few more years.

Pogo said...

Owing to my irrationalism, I ponder my own nonexistence at least twice per week.

It looks alot like my current existence, except that I'm not in it. Plus there are flying ponies. And all men are named Steve. What do you suppose that means?

John Stodder said...

From Carlin's last HBO special, a characteristic bit about death:

http://tinyurl.com/6qwmnf

William said...
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blake said...

Pogo--

That's actually a very Carlin-esque idea.

Flix said...

Surely no one really believes this "rule of three" bollocks?
People are dying every second and they claim to see some silly pattern of three?