Often referred to as a defacto-Satanist. A great comedian dies at age 71 of a heart attack.
LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- Comedian-actor George Carlin, know for his raunchy, but insightful humor, died Sunday in Los Angeles, his publicist said. He was 71.
Carlin performed as recently as last weekend at the Orleans Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas.
Jeff Abraham says Carlin went into St. John's Health Center on Sunday afternoon, complaining of chest pain. Carlin died at 5:55 p.m. PDT, the Associated Press reported.
Carlin, who had a history of heart trouble, performed as recently as last weekend at the Orleans Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas.
Carlin was best known for his routine "Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television," which appeared 1972's "Class Clown" album.
When Carlin uttered all seven at a show in Milwaukee in 1972, he was arrested for disturbing the peace, the AP reported. The comedy sketch prompted a landmark indecency case after WBAI-FM radio aired it in 1973.
The case was appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court where the justices ruled on a 5-to-4 vote that the sketch was "indecent but not obscene," giving the FCC broad leeway to determine what constituted indecency on the airwaves.
"So my name is a footnote in American legal history, which I'm perversely kind of proud of," Carlin said. "In the context of that era, it was daring."
"It just sounds like a very self-serving kind of word. I don't want to go around describing myself as a 'groundbreaker' or a 'difference-maker' because I'm not and I wasn't," he said. "But I contributed to people who were saying things that weren't supposed to be said." Watch Carlin's 7 dirty words routine »
Carlin, who was also an author, was slated to receive the 2008 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in November.
"In his length career as a comedian, writer, and actor, George Carlin has not only made us laugh, but he makes us think," Stephen Schwarzman, Kennedy Center chairman, said in a statement. "His influence on the next generation of comics has been far-reaching."
In a typical wry response, Carlin said: "Thank you Mr. Twain. Have your people call my people."
Carlin hosted the first broadcast of "Saturday Night Live" in October 1975.
He played the character of Mr. Conductor on the PBS series "Shining Time Station" and starred in more than a dozen HBO specials. Carlin was also a regular on The Tonight Show.
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This makes me sad- we used to sneak as much of his stuff on air as we could get away with when I worked for WBIM (1972-1975). Station manager was not a fan. There is no one else like him. He will be missed.
I had only just discovered him and became an instant fan.
He was doing what he enjoyed right up to the end, a life well lived.
Hail Mr Carlin!
_________________________ "Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one." Charles Mackay - 1814-1889 Scottish poet, journalist, and song writer.
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He was always one of my favorite comedians.
I always thought of the terrible day, when that old man would finally pass away. He has inspired me as a youth, and he has, and always will be, a Satanist at heart.
I remember the many nights I spent listening to his comedy tapes and how truthful and funny his cynical and angry words were.
Now he is among the last of the line of great Satanic comedians.
RIP George Carlin
Edit: A fitting quote from Book of Satan 3:9 '...Thus you shall make yourself respected in all walks of life, and your spirit - your immortal spirit - shall live, not in an intangible paradise, but in the brains, and sinews, of those whose respect you have gained.'
Edited by Biff (06/23/0811:02 AM)
'Carpe diem quam minimum credulo postero' - Horace
'It's only hubris, if I fail.' - Caesar (HBO's Rome)
It may be surprising to say this about a comedian but Carlin was one of the first channels of what I would later term Satanic thinking in my life. I caught his HBO specials as a kid and he immediately struck me as "Holy shit, this guy is not only funny as hell...he has a damn good point!"
Few comedians can be said to be actually thought provoking. Carlin was a philosopher as much as he was a comedian, a scholar of English as well as its most ardently vulgar speaker.
Admit it, you still refuse to call it a hot water heater (hot water don't need heatin'!), and you now know the difference between forte (for-tay) and forte (fort). "Her forte was the skin flute, and she played it forte."
Joe bless you Mr. Carlin.
_________________________ "The devil I'll bring you," answered Hagen. "I have enough to carry with my shield and breastplate; my helm is bright, the sword is in my hand, therefore I bring you naught."
I almost did not post anything. But, I am finding I am so far from alone in My feelings today. (sigh) I woke today and felt this.. need to cry. I know, hokum. I opened My laptop and the first thing I find is an email from a friend telling Me George had died last night. I think I lasted for about 2-3 seconds before breaking into a real, full blown cry. At the end of the day, I discovered that most people today were grumpy.. cantankerous.. unsettled. In some way, it is as if the entire planet sobbed in some way. There was simply nothing funny about it.
When I was little and could not figure out why I was so different, I discovered George's "Seven Words You Can't Say.." tape. It was one of My first bits of wonder and affirmation. There WERE others like Me!!! I bought the cassette, and then cut a big hole in the pages of a book, glued them to form a secret compartment, and then hid the tape in it. It was My "drug." My first "altar" of sorts-lol. And today took Me back to when I discovered I was not the profane one.. the ones crying wolf were in fact the profane abusers of the innocent and trusting. George helped reassure Me: I was not alone. Maybe few, but not alone. The strength afforded Me from that realization was incredible. It inspired Me to look deeper within and without. And to realize that we all need to recognize the ridiculousness of, and in, our Self. "Farts are fun! They're shit without the mess!"
You are already so very missed. You are immortal, and so very worthy of admiration in My eyes. Thank You George!
Well, you guys missed the Tribute with Seinfeld, Lewis Black, Mahr and Carlin's relatives, bits of his Larry King '97/'01 interviews which of course you can find online. They played it 3 times on Monday. Hopefully a repeat will follow soon or pop up in the usual internet places and perhaps word of what was his last interview will surface. Apparently he was already doing new material for his next special (according to an attendee of his last show) as he always does after he did the special in March. I'm gathering info on what the material was otherwise, anyone got anything more progressive other than the echoing 'rest in peace' parade? I'm sure Rev. Bill will bring out the truckload in time.
From a Letterman appearance: Always been trying to come up with a single sentence that would contain or at least refer to the seven deadly sins. The seven deadly sins just for reference are: Greed, Anger, Pride, Lust, Gluttony, Sloth and Envy.
So here’s my sentence:
I’m really angry that I, A superior human being in every way, Have less money than my neighbor, Who’s wife I would love to nail If only I weren’t so busy sleeping and eating porkchops.
"He was here just a couple minutes ago." was what he told Sonny Fox (XM Comedy Channel 150, "Stand-Up-Sit-Down" interview) should be his epitaph. There have been many greats before him. There will be many to come. But, dammit, NONE will BE George Carlin!
HAIL SATAN! HAIL CARLIN!
"Churches may close and old shepherds may die, but the herd will always be the herd." Reverend Bill
Not only that but Artie Lang, Jim Norton and the immortal Don Rickles all had books come out already this month! 'Hope y'all caught their appearances on Letterman and Conan! Rickles was on the highest fire ever!
& of course Carlin's DVD is out this month! http://georgecarlin.com/home/home.html Note that the ol' tubers is having the unexpurgated version of the DVDs bonus material along with countless resurfaced interviews!
The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize celebrates the life and humor of the late comedian George Carlin who passed away at age 71 on June 22, 2008. The announcement of Carlin’s receiving the Mark Twain Prize was made a week before the comedian’s passing. Carlin was delighted with the honor, and was looking forward to attending the ceremony. The award was presented posthumously for the first time in its eleven years.
The program airs, Wednesday, February 4 at 9P.M. ET on PBS stations nationwide. Taped at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on November 10, the 90-minute special features tributes and comic testimonials from a star-studded cast of Carlin’s friends and colleagues including leading American entertainers Jon Stewart, Bill Maher, Garry Shandling, Lily Tomlin, Denis Leary, Joan Rivers, Lewis Black, Richard Belzer and Margaret Cho. The program which recognizes the life and achievements of the beloved comedian, includes an assortment of classic film clips from Carlin’s career. http://www.premiumhollywood.com/tag/george-carlin-the-mark-twain-prize/