It's "a values-changing drug," he says of LSD and mescaline. "So is marijuana; like it or not."
George Carlin spent the early part of his career playing the fool; telling jokes in night clubs and acting like a buffoon for the sad, confused and angry adults of the 1950s. It was not until the late 1960s that he realized his true calling; playing shows for their kids.
"You see, in 1967, the summer of love, the peak of the hippy movement, I was 30. I was entertaining people in nightclubs that were 40 and they were at war with their kids, who were 20. It was a generation war; I was in the middle of it."
It was artists, he says, like Bob Dylan and Buffalo Springfield, speaking their mind with their art, that opened him up. That, he says, and the judicious use of psychedelic drugs.
He jumped into a brave, new journey of mind-bending experience and his jokes took off. He began a serious stage of his evolution and so did his art. And like he said, "I never became a really big success until that."