George Carlin - Stand up comedian, actor dies 71

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George CarlinGeorge Denis Patrick Carlin (May 12, 1937 – June 22, 2008) was a Grammy-winning American stand-up comedian, actor, author, and philosopher.

Death George Carlin
On June 22, 2008, George Carlin was admitted to St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, California complaining of chest pain. George Carlin died later that day at 5:55 p.m. PDT of heart failure at the age of 71. He had a history of cardiovascular problems, including several heart attacks

About George Carlin
Carlin was especially noted for his political and black humor and his observations on language, psychology, and religion along with many taboo subjects. Carlin and his "Seven Dirty Words" comedy routine were central to the 1978 U.S. Supreme Court case F.C.C. v. Pacifica Foundation, in which a narrow 5-4 decision by the justices affirmed the government's right to regulate Carlin's act on the public airwaves.

Carlin's mid-2000s stand-up routines focused on the flaws in modern-day America. He often took on contemporary political issues in the United States and satirized the excesses of American culture.

A disciple of Lenny Bruce, he placed second on the Comedy Central cable television network list of the 10 greatest stand-up comedians, ahead of Bruce and behind Richard Pryor. He was a frequent performer and guest host on The Tonight Show during the three-decade Johnny Carson era, and was also the first person to host Saturday Night Live.

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My first introduction to

My first introduction to George was the Seven words you can't say.... absolutely brilliant. Followed his standup since. RIP George.

Re: George Carlin - Stand up comedian, actor dies 71

The man was a comedian....and a good one. He always made me laugh so hard.

Re: George Carlin - Stand up comedian, actor dies 71

George Carlin was a genius! His explanation of the eccentricities of our language could hold my attention for years. I'm a high school English teacher, and I wish I could share some of Carlin's lessons with my students--I'm sure they would pay attention as well~~ laughing like crazy. I am also a fan of his Ten Commandments--er--I mean, one commandment. It all boils down to loving one another! Rest in Peace, George. I'm sure you're floating on that cloud strumming the lute and making angels laugh.

Re: Never Liked George Carlin

I can tell you one thing.  I never liked George Carlin.

It's not that I disliked George Carline.  His humor never worked for me.   I am pretty sure that he is talented.  I just never got to give him a real chance. 

Jerry Seinfeld was on Larry King a day after George Carlin's death .  Jerry said he talked to George Carlin a few days ago.  They were joking about death.  Jerry told him that death comes in a group (because we had a group of famous people dead recently).