Treat yourself to this 1997 Jon Stewart-George Carlin interview

If you're looking for a little creative inspiration, this clip from George Carlin: 40 Years of Comedy has some great lines about how Carlin approached his craft. It also feels like a living link in the history of American comedy.

Carlin's countercultural voice was shaped by the cadence of language, and by studying rhetoric, which he considered stand-up comedy to be.

I'm an entertainer first and foremost, but there's art involved here. And an artist has an obligation to be en route, to be going somewhere. There's a journey involved here, and you don't know where it is, and that's the fun. So you're always going to be seeking and looking and going and trying to challenge yourself.

Jon Stewart Interviews George Carlin (YouTube / George Carlin Official YouTube Channel)