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 2017 R Spasoff Comedian and George Carlin Ronnie Schell and Gary Ownes Web Series 7 (Video short)
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 2008 Lord, Save Us from Your Followers (Video documentary)
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 2008 From Class Clown to Social Critic: An Evening with George Carlin (TV Special)
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 2008 George Carlin... It's Bad for Ya! (TV Special documentary)
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 2008 History of the Joke (TV Movie documentary)
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 2007 Archive of American Television Interview with George Carlin (Video)
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 2005 George Carlin: Life Is Worth Losing (TV Special documentary)
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 2005 The Aristocrats (Documentary)
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 2004 Oh, What a Lovely Tea Party (Documentary)
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 2004 The N Word (Documentary)
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 2003 George on George (Video documentary)
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 2003 Bitter Jester (Documentary)
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 2001 George Carlin: Complaints & Grievances (TV Special documentary)
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 2001 The 15th Annual American Comedy Awards (TV Special)
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 1999 George Carlin: You Are All Diseased (TV Special documentary)
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 1998 Jerry Seinfeld: 'I'm Telling You for the Last Time' (TV Special)
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 1997 The 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (TV Special)
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 1997 George Carlin: 40 Years of Comedy (TV Special)
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 1997 George Carlin: Personal Favorites (TV Special)
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 1996 George Carlin: George's Best Stuff (Video documentary)
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 1996 George Carlin: Back in Town (TV Special documentary)
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 1995 20 Years of Comedy on HBO (TV Special documentary)
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 1995 Who Makes You Laugh? (TV Special)
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 1994 Fox Halloween Bash (TV Movie)
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 1994 The Second Annual Comedy Hall of Fame (TV Special)
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 1994 The 8th Annual American Comedy Awards (TV Special)
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 1993 The 7th Annual American Comedy Awards (TV Special)
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 1992 George Carlin: Jammin' in New York (TV Special documentary)
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 1990 George Carlin: Doin' It Again (TV Special documentary)
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 1990 Comic Relief IV (TV Special documentary)
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 1989 What's Alan Watching? (TV Special)
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 1988 Get Out the Vote (TV Movie documentary)
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 1988 All-Star Celebration: The '88 Vote (TV Special)
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 1988 An All Star Celebration: Vote '88 (TV Movie)
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 1988 George Carlin: What Am I Doing in New Jersey? (TV Special documentary)
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 1988 The 2nd Annual American Comedy Awards (TV Special)
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 1987 The 1st Annual American Comedy Awards (TV Special)
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 1986 George Carlin: Playin' with Your Head (TV Special documentary)
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 1986 The Vidiots (TV Special)
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 1986/I Comic Relief (TV Special)
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 1985 Apt. 2C (TV Movie)
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 1985 Drawing on My Mind (Short)
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 1984 A Toast to Lenny (TV Movie documentary)
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 1984 George Carlin: Carlin on Campus (TV Special documentary)
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 1983 The 25th Annual Grammy Awards (TV Special)
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 1982 The 24th Annual Grammy Awards (TV Special)
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 1965-1981 The Merv Griffin Show(TV Series)
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- Episode dated 16 November 1981 (1981) ... Self

- Guest Host: Chuck Connors; guests: Bill Russell, George Carlin, Lainie Kazan, Anne Marie Bennstrom (1971) ... Self

- Patty Duke, Dom DeLuise, Nipsey Russell, Albert Brooks, George Carlin, Frankie Randall, Jess Stearn (1970) ... Self

- Gig Young, Angie Dickinson, Monty Hall, George Carlin, Robin Wilson (1970) ... Self - Guest

- Soupy Sales, Julie Newmar, George Carlin, Browning Bryant, Sarah McClendon, The Nashville Brass (1970) ... Self

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 1981 The First 100 Years of Recorded Music (TV Special)
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 1979 Laugh Factory (TV Series)
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 1978 On Location: George Carlin at Phoenix (TV Special documentary)
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 1978 A Tribute to Mr. Television Milton Berle (TV Special)
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 1977 Mac Davis: Sounds Like Home (TV Special)
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 1977 The People's Command Performance: '77 (TV Movie)
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 1976 Perry Como's Hawaiian Holiday (TV Special)
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 1973-1974 The Midnight Special(TV Series)
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- Guest Host: George Carlin; guests: The Dramatics, Waylon Jennings, Puzzle, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Leo Sayer, Livingston Taylor (1974) ... Self - Host

- Host: Helen Reddy; Guests: Ike and Tina Turner, Curtis Mayfield, Don Mclean, the Byrds, George Carlin (1973) ... Self

 1973 The Real George Carlin (TV Special)
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 1967-1971 The Ed Sullivan Show(TV Series)
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- The Everly Brothers, George Carlin, Shirley Bassey, Sid Caesar, Jerry Butler, David Brenner, The Brockways, Tybee & Antonio (1971) ... Self - Comedian

- Episode #23.31 (1970) ... Self - Comedian

- Episode #23.20 (1970) ... Self - Comedian

- Bob Newhart, Red Skelton, Jackie DeShannon, Gwen Verdon, George Carlin, Sergio Franchi, Skiles & Henderson, Leo Samourai (1970) ... Self - Comedian

- The 5th Dimension, Liza Minnelli, George Carlin, Joan Rivers. Bill Dana, Vino Venito, The West Point Glee Club (1969) ... Self

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 1967 John Davidson at Notre Dame (TV Special)
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George Carlin

Carlin in April 2008

BornGeorge Denis Patrick Carlin
(1937-05-12)May 12, 1937
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Died June 22, 2008(2008-06-22) (aged 71)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Spouse(s)Brenda Hosbrook
(m. 1961; d 1997)
Sally Wade
(m. 1998)
ChildrenKelly Carlin
Signature
Website
georgecarlin.com

George Denis Patrick Carlin (May 12, 1937 – June 22, 2008) was an American stand-up comedian, actor, philosopher, author, and social critic. He was known for his black comedy and reflections on politics, the English language, psychology, religion, and various taboo subjects. He 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 5–4 decision affirmed the government's power to regulate indecent material on the public airwaves. Widely regarded as one of the most important and influential American stand-up comics of all time, Carlin was dubbed by one newspaper to be "the dean of counterculture comedians".[1]

The first of Carlin's 14 stand-up comedy specials for HBO was filmed in 1977. From the late 1980s, Carlin's routines focused on sociocultural criticism of American society. He often commented on contemporary political issues in the United States and satirized the excesses of American culture. He was a frequent performer and guest host on The Tonight Show during the three-decade Johnny Carson era, and hosted the first episode of Saturday Night Live in 1975.

Carlin's final HBO special, It's Bad for Ya, was filmed less than four months before his death from cardiac arrest. In 2008, he was posthumously awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. In 2017, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him second (behind Richard Pryor) on its list of the 50 best stand-up comics of all time.[2] In 2004, he placed second on the Comedy Central list of "Top 10 Comedians of US Audiences".[3]

Early life[]

George Denis Patrick Carlin[4] was born on May 12, 1937, in Manhattan, New York,[5][6] Carlin recalled that his grandmother's maiden name was O'Grady, but it was changed to Grady before she reached the U.S. He joked that they "dropped the O in the ocean on the way here". He named his character on The George Carlin Show O'Grady as an act of homage to her.[7] His parents separated when he was two months old because of his father's alcoholism. Mary raised Carlin and his older brother, Patrick Jr., on her own.[4][better source needed]

Carlin said that he picked up an appreciation for the effective use of the English language from his mother,[8] though they had a difficult relationship, and he often ran away from home.[9] He grew up on West 121st Street, in a neighborhood of Manhattan he said he and his friends called "White Harlem" because that "sounded a lot tougher than its real name" of Morningside Heights.[10] He attended Corpus Christi School, a Roman Catholic parish school of the Corpus Christi Church in Morningside Heights.[11][12] He went to The Bronx for high school but, after three semesters, Carlin was expelled from Cardinal Hayes High School at age 15. He briefly attended Bishop Dubois High School in Harlem and the Salesian High School in Goshen, New York.[13] He spent many summers at Camp Notre Dame on Spofford Lake in Spofford, New Hampshire, and regularly won the camp's drama award. Much later in life, he requested that a portion of his ashes be spread at the lake after his death.[14]

Carlin joined the United States Air Force and trained as a radar technician. He was stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City, Louisiana. He also began working as a disc jockey at radio station KJOE, in nearby Shreveport. Labeled an "unproductive airman" by his superiors, Carlin received a general discharge on July 29, 1957. During his time in the Air Force, he had been court-martialed three times, and also received many nonjudicial punishments and reprimands.[15]

Career[]

In 1959, Carlin met Jack Burns, a fellow DJ at radio station KXOL in Fort Worth, Texas.[16] They formed a comedy team and after successful performances at Fort Worth's beat coffeehouse called The Cellar, Burns and Carlin headed for California in February 1960.[4]

Within weeks of arriving in California, Burns and Carlin put together an audition tape and created The Wright Brothers, a morning show on KDAY in Hollywood. During their tenure at KDAY, they honed their material in beatnik coffeehouses at night.[17] Years later when he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Carlin requested that it be placed in front of the KDAY studios near the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Vine Street.[18] Burns and Carlin recorded their only album, Burns and Carlin at the Playboy Club Tonight, in May 1960 at Cosmo Alley in Hollywood.[17] After two years together as a team, they parted to pursue individual careers, but "remain[ed] the best of friends".[19]

In the 1960s, Carlin began appearing on television variety shows, where he played various characters:[20]

  • The Indian Sergeant – "There will be a rain dance tonight ... weather permitting ..."
  • Stupid disc jockeys ("Wonderful WINO radio ...") – "The Beatles' latest record, when played backwards at slow speed, says, 'Dummy! You're playing it backwards at slow speed!'"
  • Al Sleet, the Hippie-Dippie Weatherman – "Tonight's forecast: Dark. Continued mostly dark tonight, changing to widely scattered light towards morning."

Variations on these routines appear on Carlin's 1967 debut album, Take-Offs and Put-Ons, which was recorded live in 1966 at The Roostertail in Detroit, Michigan and issued by RCA Victor in 1967.[20]

During this period, Carlin became a frequent performer and guest host on The Tonight Show, initially with Jack Paar as host, and then with Johnny Carson. Carlin became one of Carson's most frequent substitutes during the host's three-decade reign. Carlin was also cast in Away We Go, a 1967 comedy show that aired on CBS.[21] His material during his early career and his appearance, which consisted of suits and short-cropped hair, had been seen as "conventional", particularly when contrasted with his later anti-establishment material.[22]

Carlin was present at Lenny Bruce's arrest for obscenity. As the police began attempting to detain members of the audience for questioning, they asked Carlin for his identification. Telling the police he did not believe in government-issued IDs, he was arrested and taken to jail with Bruce in the same vehicle.[23]

In the late 1960s, Carlin was making about $250,000 annually.[24] As a tax shelter he bought a private jet – a twin-engine Aero Commander 1121 Jet Commander. Carlin hired pilots to fly him to various tour dates.[25]

Eventually, Carlin changed his routines and his appearance, growing his hair long, sporting a beard and typically dressing in T-shirts and blue jeans. Carlin hired talent managers – Jeff Wald and Ron De Blasio – to help him change his image, making him look more hip for a younger audience. Wald put Carlin into much smaller clubs such as The Troubadour in West Hollywood and The Bitter End in New York City. Wald says that Carlin's income was thus reduced by 90%, but his later career arc was greatly improved.[24] In 1970, record producer Monte Kay formed the Little David Records subsidiary of Atlantic Records, with comedian Flip Wilson as co-owner.[26] Kay and Wilson signed Carlin away from RCA Records, and recorded a Carlin performance at Washington, D.C.'s The Cellar Door in May 1971—this was released as FM & AM in January 1972. De Blasio was busy managing the fast-paced career of Freddie Prinze, and was about to sign Richard Pryor, so he released Carlin to Little David general manager Jack Lewis, who, like Carlin, was somewhat wild and rebellious.[27] Carlin lost some TV bookings by dressing strangely for a comedian of the time, wearing faded jeans and sporting long hair, a beard, and earrings at a time when clean-cut, well-dressed comedians were the norm. Using his own persona as a springboard for his new comedy, he was presented by Ed Sullivan in a performance of "The Hair Piece" and quickly regained his popularity as the public caught on to his sense of style.[28]

Starting in 1972, singer-songwriter Kenny Rankin was Carlin's label mate on Little David Records, and Rankin served many times as Carlin's musical guest or opening act during the early 1970s. The two flew together in Carlin's private jet; Carlin says that Rankin relapsed into using cocaine while on tour since Carlin had so much of the drug available.[25]

The album FM & AM proved very popular. It marked Carlin's change from mainstream to counterculture comedy. The "AM" side was an extension of Carlin's previous style, with zany but relatively clean routines parodying aspects of American life. The "FM" side introduced Carlin's new style, with references to marijuana and birth control pills, and a playful examination of the word "shit". In this manner, Carlin renewed a style of radical social commentary comedy that Lenny Bruce had pioneered in the late 1950s.[24]

In this period Carlin perfected his well-known routine, "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television", recorded on Class Clown. On July 21, 1972, Carlin was arrested after performing this routine at Milwaukee's Summerfest and charged with violating obscenity laws.[29] The case, which prompted Carlin to refer to the words for a time as "the Milwaukee Seven", was dismissed in December of that year;[30] the judge declared that the language was indecent but Carlin had the freedom to say it as long as he caused no disturbance. In 1973, a man complained to the Federal Communications Commission after listening with his son to a similar routine, "Filthy Words", from Occupation: Foole, broadcast one afternoon over WBAI, a Pacifica Foundation FM radio station in New York City. Pacifica received a citation from the FCC for violating regulations that prohibit broadcasting "obscene" material. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the FCC action by a vote of 5 to 4, ruling that the routine was "indecent but not obscene" and that the FCC had authority to prohibit such broadcasts during hours when children were likely to be among the audience (F.C.C. v. Pacifica Foundation, 438 U.S. 726 (1978); the court documents contain a complete transcript of the routine).[31]

Shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker, and tits. Those are the heavy seven. Those are the ones that'll infect your soul, curve your spine and keep the country from winning the war.

The controversy increased Carlin's fame. He eventually expanded the dirty-words theme with a seemingly interminable end to a performance (ending with his voice fading out in one HBO version, and accompanying the credits in the Carlin at Carnegie special for the 1982–83 season) and a set of 49 web pages organized by subject and embracing his "Incomplete List of Impolite Words".[32]

On stage, during a rendition of his "Dirty Words" routine, Carlin learned that his previous comedy album FM & AM had won the Grammy. Midway through the performance on the album Occupation: Foole, he can be heard thanking someone for handing him a piece of paper. He then exclaimed "Shit!" and proudly announced his win to the audience.[33]

Carlin hosted the premiere broadcast of NBC's Saturday Night Live, on October 11, 1975, the only episode to date in which the host did not appear (at his request) in sketches.[34] The following season, 1976–77, he appeared regularly on CBS Television's Tony Orlando & Dawn variety series.[35]

Carlin unexpectedly stopped performing regularly in 1976, when his career appeared to be at its height. For the next five years he rarely performed stand-up, although it was at this time that he began doing specials for HBO as part of its On Location series; doing 14 specials, including 2008's It's Bad For Ya![36] He later revealed that he had suffered the first of three heart attacks during this layoff period.[37] His first two HBO specials aired in 1977 and 1978.[39]

In 1981, Carlin returned to the stage, releasing A Place for My Stuff and returning to HBO and New York City with the Carlin at Carnegie TV special, videotaped at Carnegie Hall and airing during the 1982–83 season. Carlin continued doing HBO specials every year or two over the following decade and a half. All of Carlin's albums from this time forward are from the HBO specials.[citation needed]

He hosted SNL for the second time on November 10, 1984, this time appearing in several sketches.[40]

Carlin began to achieve prominence as a film actor with a major supporting role in the 1987 comedy hit Outrageous Fortune, starring Bette Midler and Shelley Long; it was his first notable screen role after a handful of previous guest roles on television series. Playing drifter Frank Madras, he poked fun at the lingering effect of the 1960s counterculture. In 1989, he gained popularity with a new generation of teens when he was cast as Rufus, the time-traveling mentor of the title characters in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, and reprised his role in the film sequel Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey as well as the first season of the cartoon series. He also played the role of "Mr Conductor" on the PBS show Shining Time Station and narrated the show's sequences of the American version of the U.K. television series Thomas & Friends from 1991 to 1995, replacing Ringo Starr. According to Britt Allcroft, who developed both shows, on the first day of the assignment, Carlin was nervous about recording his narration without an audience, so the producers put a stuffed teddy bear in the booth.[41]

Also in 1991, Carlin had a major supporting role in the movie The Prince of Tides, which starred Nick Nolte and Barbra Streisand, portraying the gay neighbor of the main character's suicidal sister.[42]

In 1993, Carlin began a weekly Fox sitcom, The George Carlin Show, playing New York City taxicab driver George O'Grady. The show, created and written by The Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon, ran 27 episodes through December 1995.[43] In his final book, the posthumously published Last Words, Carlin said about The George Carlin Show, "I had a great time. I never laughed so much, so often, so hard as I did with cast members Alex Rocco, Chris Rich, Tony Starke. There was a very strange, very good sense of humor on that stage ... [but] I was incredibly happy when the show was canceled. I was frustrated that it had taken me away from my true work."[44]

Carlin later explained that there were other, more pragmatic reasons for abandoning his acting career in favor of standup. In an interview for Esquire magazine in 2001, he said, "Because of my abuse of drugs, I neglected my business affairs and had large arrears with the IRS, and that took me eighteen to twenty years to dig out of. I did it honorably, and I don't begrudge them. I don't hate paying taxes, and I'm not angry at anyone, because I was complicit in it. But I'll tell you what it did for me: it made me a way better comedian. Because I had to stay out on the road and I couldn't pursue that movie career, which would have gone nowhere, and I became a really good comic and a really good writer."[45]

Carlin was honored at the 1997 Aspen Comedy Festival with a retrospective, George Carlin: 40 Years of Comedy, hosted by Jon Stewart. His first hardcover book, Brain Droppings (1997), sold nearly 900,000 copies and spent 40 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list.[46]

In 2001, Carlin was given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 15th Annual American Comedy Awards. In December 2003 Representative Doug Ose (R-California) introduced a bill (H.R. 3687) to outlaw the broadcast of Carlin's "seven dirty words",[47] including "compound use (including hyphenated compounds) of such words and phrases with each other or with other words or phrases, and other grammatical forms of such words and phrases (including verb, adjective, gerund, participle, and infinitive forms)". The bill omitted "tits", but included "asshole", which was not one of Carlin's original seven words. The bill was referred to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution in January 2004, where it was tabled.[47]

Carlin performed regularly as a headliner in Las Vegas, but in 2004 his run at the MGM Grand Las Vegas was terminated after an altercation with his audience. After a poorly received set, filled with dark references to suicide bombings and beheadings, Carlin complained that he could not wait to get out of "this fucking hotel" and Las Vegas; he wanted to go back east, he said, "where the real people are". He continued:

People who go to Las Vegas, you've got to question their fucking intellect to start with. Traveling hundreds and thousands of miles to essentially give your money to a large corporation is kind of fucking moronic. That's what I'm always getting here is these kind of fucking people with very limited intellects.

When an audience member shouted "Stop degrading us!" Carlin responded "Thank you very much, whatever that was. I hope it was positive; if not, well, blow me." He was immediately fired, and soon thereafter his representative announced that he would begin treatment for alcohol and prescription painkiller addiction on his own initiative.[48][49]

Following his thirteenth HBO special on November 5, 2005, titled Life Is Worth Losing[50] and aired live from the Beacon Theatre in New York City – during which he mentioned, "I've got 341 days of sobriety" – Carlin toured his new material through the first half of 2006. Topics included suicide, natural disasters, cannibalism, genocide, human sacrifice, threats to civil liberties in the U.S., and the case for his theory that humans are inferior to other animals. At the first tour stop at the Tachi Palace Casino in Lemoore, California in February, Carlin mentioned that the appearance was his "first show back" after a six-week hospitalization for heart failure and pneumonia.[citation needed]

Carlin voiced a character in the 2006 Disney/Pixar animated feature Cars. The character, Fillmore, is an anti-establishment hippie VW Microbus with a psychedelic paint job and the license plate "51237" – Carlin's birthday. In 2007, Carlin voiced the wizard in Happily N'Ever After, his last film.

Carlin's last HBO stand-up special, It's Bad for Ya, aired live on March 1, 2008, from the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa, California.[51] Themes included "American bullshit", rights, death, old age, and child rearing. He repeated the theme to his audience several times throughout the show: "It's all bullshit, and it's bad for ya."[52]

When asked on Inside the Actors Studio what turned him on, he responded, "Reading about language." When asked what made him proudest of his career, he said the number of his books that have been sold, close to a million copies.[citation needed]

Personal life[]

Carlin met Brenda Hosbrook in August 1960 while touring with Burns and Carlin in Dayton, Ohio. They were married at her parents' home in Dayton on June 3, 1961.[53] The couple's only child, Kelly, was born on June 15, 1963. In 1971, they renewed their wedding vows in Las Vegas. Hosbrook died of liver cancer on May 11, 1997, the day before Carlin's 60th birthday.[54]

In November 1997, Carlin met Sally Wade, a comedy writer based in Hollywood; Carlin described it as "love at first sight", but was hesitant to act on his feelings so soon after his wife's death.[55] They eventually married on June 24, 1998, in a private, unregistered ceremony. The marriage lasted until Carlin's death in 2008, two days before their tenth anniversary.[56][57]

In a 2008 interview, Carlin stated that using cannabis, LSD, and mescaline helped him in his personal life.[58]

Although born to a Catholic family, Carlin vocally rejected religion, frequently criticizing it in various routines.[59]

Death[]

Carlin had a history of cardiovascular problems spanning three decades. These included three heart attacks (in 1978, 1982, and 1991), an arrhythmia requiring an ablation procedure in 2003, and a significant episode of heart failure in late 2005. He twice underwent angioplasty.[60] In late 2004, he entered a drug rehabilitation facility for treatment of addictions to alcohol and Vicodin.[61]

Carlin died on June 22, 2008 at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California, of heart failure at age 71.[62][63] His death occurred one week after his last performance at The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. In accordance with his wishes his body was cremated, and the ashes were scattered in front of various nightclubs he played in New York City and over Spofford Lake, in Chesterfield, New Hampshire, where he attended summer camp as an adolescent.[64]

Tributes[]

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Upon his death, HBO broadcast 11 of his 14 HBO specials from June 25 to 28, including a 12-hour marathon block on their HBO Comedy channel. NBC scheduled a rerun of the premiere episode of Saturday Night Live, which Carlin hosted.[65][66][67] Both Sirius Satellite Radio's "Raw Dog Comedy" and XM Satellite Radio's "XM Comedy" channels ran a memorial marathon of George Carlin recordings the day following his death. Sirius XM Satellite Radio has since devoted an entire channel to Carlin, entitled Carlin's Corner, featuring all of his comedy albums, live concerts, and works from his private archives.[68] Larry King devoted his entire show of June 23 to a tribute to Carlin, featuring interviews with Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Maher, Roseanne Barr and Lewis Black, as well as Carlin's daughter Kelly and his brother, Patrick Jr. On June 24, The New York Times printed an op-ed piece on Carlin by Jerry Seinfeld.[69] Cartoonist Garry Trudeau paid tribute in his Doonesbury comic strip on July 27.[70]

Four days before Carlin's death, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts had named him its 2008 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor honoree.[71] He became its first posthumous recipient on November 10 in Washington, D.C.[72] Comedians honoring him at the ceremony included Jon Stewart, Bill Maher, Lily Tomlin (a past Twain Humor Prize winner), Lewis Black, Denis Leary, Joan Rivers, and Margaret Cho. Louis C.K. dedicated his stand-up special Chewed Up to Carlin, and Lewis Black dedicated the second season of Root of All Evil to him.

For a number of years, Carlin had been compiling and writing his autobiography, to be released in conjunction with a one-man Broadway show tentatively titled New York Boy. After Carlin's death, Tony Hendra, his collaborator on both projects, edited the autobiography for release as Last Words. The book, chronicling most of Carlin's life and future plans, including the one-man show, was published in 2009. The abridged audio edition is narrated by Carlin's brother, Patrick Jr.[73]

The George Carlin Letters: The Permanent Courtship of Sally Wade,[74] by Carlin's widow, a collection of previously unpublished writings and artwork by Carlin interwoven with Wade's chronicle of their 10 years together, was published in March 2011. The subtitle is a phrase on a handwritten note that Wade found next to her computer upon returning home from the hospital after her husband's death.[75] In 2008 Carlin's daughter Kelly announced plans to publish an "oral history", a collection of stories from Carlin's friends and family.[76] She later indicated that the project had been shelved in favor of completion of her own project,[77] an autobiographical one-woman show, A Carlin Home Companion: Growing Up with George.[78][79]

On October 22, 2014, a portion of West 121st Street, in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan where Carlin spent his childhood, was renamed "George Carlin Way".[80]

Moneyball screenwriter Stan Chervin announced in October 2018 that a biopic of Carlin was in process.[81][82]

Influences[]

Carlin's influences[]

Carlin's influences included Danny Kaye,[9][83]Jonathan Winters,[9]Lenny Bruce,[37][84][85]Richard Pryor,[37]Jerry Lewis,[9][37] the Marx Brothers,[9][37]Mort Sahl,[85]Spike Jones,[37]Ernie Kovacs,[37] and the Ritz Brothers.[9]

Comedians influenced by Carlin[]

Comedians who have claimed Carlin as an influence include Dave Attell,[86]Bill Burr,[87]Chris Rock,[88] Jerry Seinfeld,[89]Louis C.K.,[90]Lewis Black,[91] Jon Stewart,[92] Stephen Colbert,[93]Bill Maher,[94][95]Patrice O'Neal,[96]Adam Carolla,[97]Colin Quinn,[98]Steven Wright,[99]Mitch Hedberg,[100]Russell Peters,[101]Bo Burnham,[102]Jay Leno,[103]Ben Stiller,[103]Kevin Smith,[104]Chris Rush,[105]Rob McElhenney,[106] and Jim Jefferies.[107]

Works[]

Discography[]

Main
  • 1963: Burns and Carlin at the Playboy Club Tonight
  • 1967: Take-Offs and Put-Ons
  • 1972: FM & AM
  • 1972: Class Clown
  • 1973: Occupation: Foole
  • 1974: Toledo Window Box
  • 1975: An Evening with Wally Londo Featuring Bill Slaszo
  • 1977: On the Road
  • 1981: A Place for My Stuff
  • 1984: Carlin on Campus
  • 1986: Playin' with Your Head
  • 1988: What Am I Doing in New Jersey?
  • 1990: Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics
  • 1992: Jammin' in New York
  • 1996: Back in Town
  • 1999: You Are All Diseased
  • 2001: Complaints and Grievances
  • 2006: Life Is Worth Losing
  • 2008: It's Bad for Ya
  • 2016: I Kinda Like It When a Lotta People Die[108]
Compilations
  • 1978: Indecent Exposure: Some of the Best of George Carlin
  • 1984: The George Carlin Collection
  • 1992: Classic Gold
  • 1999: The Little David Years

Filmography[]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1968With Six You Get EggrollHerbie Fleck
1976Car WashTaxi driver
1979AmericathonNarrator
1987Outrageous FortuneFrank Madras
1989Bill & Ted's Excellent AdventureRufus
1990Working Tra$hRalph SawatzkyTV Movie
1991Bill & Ted's Bogus JourneyRufus
The Prince of TidesEddie Detreville
1995Streets of LaredoBilly Williams3 episodes
1999DogmaCardinal Ignatius Glick
2001Jay and Silent Bob Strike BackHitchhiker
2003Scary Movie 3Architect
2004Jersey GirlBart Trinké
2005The AristocratsHimself
Tarzan IIZugorVoice
2006CarsFillmore
2007Happily N'Ever AfterWizard
2020Bill & Ted Face the MusicRufusPosthumous release, archival footage[109]

Television[]

  • The Merv Griffin Show (1965)
  • The Jimmy Dean Show (season 3 two episodes) (1966)
  • The Kraft Summer Music Hall (1966)
  • That Girl (guest appearance) (1966)
  • The Ed Sullivan Show (multiple appearances)
  • The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (season 3 guest appearance) (1968)
  • What's My Line? (guest appearance) (1969)
  • The Game Game (guest appearance) (1969)
  • The Carol Burnett Show (guest appearance) (1969)
  • The Flip Wilson Show (writer, performer) (1971–1973)
  • The Mike Douglas Show (guest) (February 18, 1972)
  • Welcome Back, Kotter (guest appearance) (1978)
  • Saturday Night Live (host, episodes 1 and 183) (1975 & 1984)
  • Nick at Nite (station IDs) (1987)
  • Justin Case (as Justin Case) (1988) TV movie directed Blake Edwards
  • Thomas & Friends (as US Narrator: Series 3–4/Series 1–2 re-dub) (1991–1996)
  • Shining Time Station (as Mr. Conductor/Narrator for Thomas the Tank Engine segments) (1991–1993; Family Specials for 1995)
  • Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales (as Mr. Conductor/Narrator for Thomas the Tank Engine segments) (1996)
  • Storytime with Thomas (as Mr. Conductor/Narrator for Thomas the Tank Engine segments) (1999)
  • The George Carlin Show (as George O'Grady) (1994–1995) Fox
  • Streets of Laredo (as Billy Williams) (1995)
  • The Simpsons (as Munchie, episode "D'oh-in in the Wind") (1998)
  • I'm Telling You for the Last Time
  • The Daily Show (guest on February 1, 1999; December 16, 1999; and March 10, 2004)
  • MADtv (guest appearance in episodes 518 & 524) (2000)
  • Inside the Actors Studio (2004)
  • Cars Toons: Mater's Tall Tales (as Fillmore) (archive footage) (2008)

Video games[]

  • Cars (2006) (as Fillmore)

HBO specials[]

Special YearNotes
On Location: George Carlin at USC1977
George Carlin: Again!1978
Carlin at Carnegie1982
Carlin on Campus1984
Playin' with Your Head1986
What Am I Doing in New Jersey?1988
Doin' It Again1990
Jammin' in New York1992
Back in Town1996
George Carlin: 40 Years of Comedy1997
You Are All Diseased1999
Complaints and Grievances2001
Life Is Worth Losing2005
All My Stuff2007A box set of Carlin's first 12 stand-up specials
(excluding George Carlin: 40 Years of Comedy).
It's Bad for Ya2008
Commemorative Collection2018

Written works[]

Audiobooks[]

  • Brain Droppings
  • Napalm and Silly Putty
  • More Napalm & Silly Putty
  • George Carlin Reads to You (Compilation of Brain Droppings, Napalm and Silly Putty, and More Napalm & Silly Putty)
  • When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?

The "Carlin Warning"[]

After Carlin's Seven dirty words routine and subsequent FCC v. Pacifica Foundation Supreme Court ruling in 1973, broadcasters started to use the "Carlin Warning" to remind performers of the words they could not say during a live performance.[116]

Internet hoaxes[]

Many writings found on the internet have been falsely attributed to Carlin, including various joke lists, rants, and other pieces. The web site Snopes, an online resource that debunks urban legends and myths, has addressed these hoaxes. Many of them contain material that runs counter to Carlin's viewpoints; some are especially volatile toward racial groups, gay people, women, the homeless, and other targets. Carlin was aware of these bogus emails and debunked them on his own web site, saying, "Here's a rule of thumb, folks: Nothing you see on the Internet is mine unless it comes from one of my albums, books, HBO specials, or appeared on my web site", and "It bothers me that some people might believe that I would be capable of writing some of this stuff." Weird Al Yankovic referenced these hoaxes in a line of his song "Stop Forwarding That Crap to Me" by saying "And by the way, those quotes from George Carlin aren't really George Carlin".[117]

References[]

  1. ↑Norman, Michael (June 23, 2008). "George Carlin, counterculture comedians' dean, dies at 71". The Plain Dealer. Cleveland, Ohio. http://www.cleveland.com/people/index.ssf/2008/06/george_carlin_counterculture_c.html. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  2. ↑The 50 Best Stand-up Comics of All Time. Rollingstone.com, retrieved February 15, 2017.
  3. ↑"Stand Up Comedy & Comedians". Comedy Zone. Archived from the original on November 23, 2005. https://web.archive.org/web/20051123214352/http://www.comedy-zone.net/standup/comedian/index.htm. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  4. 4.04.14.2Sullivan, James (2010). Seven Dirty Words: The Life and Crimes of George Carlin. Da Capo Press. https://archive.org/details/sevendirtywordsl00sull. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  5. ↑"Complaints and Grievances". HBO. November 17, 2001. 
  6. ↑Carlin, George (November 10, 2009). "The Old Man and the Sunbeam". Last Words. New York: Free Press. p. 6. ISBN 1-4391-7295-1. "Lying there in New York Hospital, my first definitive act on this planet was to vomit." 
  7. ↑Lovece, Frank (February 16, 1994). "Going, Going, Gone? Carlin goes for home run with comedy series that resembles his real life". Newspaper Enterprise Association via the Reading Eagle. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=6vghAAAAIBAJ&sjid=pKIFAAAAIBAJ&pg=2453,999986. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  8. ↑Brown, David Jay (2005). Conversations on the Edge of the Apocalypse. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 196. ISBN 9781403965325. 
  9. 9.09.19.29.39.49.5Merrill, Sam (January 1982). "Playboy Interview: George Carlin". 
  10. ↑Dixit, Jay (June 23, 2008). "George Carlin's last interview". Psychology Today. http://blogs.psychologytoday.com/blog/brainstorm/200806/george-carlins-last-interview. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  11. ↑"George Carlin: Early Years". George Carlin website (georgecarlin.com). Archived from the original on July 8, 2009. https://web.archive.org/web/20090708072213/http://www.georgecarlin.com/update_10-29-08/timeline/early_years.html. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  12. ↑Flegenheimer, Matt (October 25, 2011). "Carlin Street' Resisted by His Old Church. Was It Something He Said?". The New York Times. http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/25/pondering-a-carlin-street-and-keeping-the-7-words-in-check/. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  13. ↑Gonzalez, David (June 24, 2008). "George Carlin Didn't Shun School That Ejected Him". The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/24/nyregion/24hayes.html. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  14. ↑"Interesting, Strange & Weird New Hampshire Facts". NHTourGuide.com. http://www.nhtourguide.com/nh_facts.htm. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  15. ↑"Comedian George Carlin dies at 71". June 22, 2008. https://variety.com/2008/film/news/comedian-george-carlin-dies-at-71-1117987925/. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  16. ↑"Texas Radio Hall of Fame: George Carlin". Archived from the original on September 23, 2004. https://web.archive.org/web/20040923044145/http://www.texasradiohalloffame.com/georgecarlin.html. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  17. 17.017.1"Timeline – 1960s". George Carlin Biography. Archived from the original on June 21, 2000. https://web.archive.org/web/20000621020616/http://www.georgecarlin.com/time/time3B.html. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  18. ↑"Biographical information for George Carlin". Kennedy Center. Archived from the original on February 20, 2009. https://web.archive.org/web/20090220184243/http://kennedy-center.org/calendar/index.cfm?fuseaction=showIndividual&entity_id=19830&source_type=A. Retrieved July 30, 2009. 
  19. ↑Carlin, George (2009). Last Words. New York: Free Press, pp. 47–8. ISBN 1-4391-7295-1.
  20. 20.020.1"George Carlin's official site (see Timeline)". Georgecarlin.com. Archived from the original on October 8, 2009. https://web.archive.org/web/20091008001351/http://www.georgecarlin.com/home/home.html. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  21. ↑"Away We Go (1967– ) Full Cast & Crew". https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0061235/fullcredits. 
  22. ABC World News Tonight; June 23, 2008.
  23. ↑"Profanity". 
  24. 24.024.124.2Zoglin, Richard (2008). Comedy at the Edge: How Stand-up in the 1970s Changed America. Bloomsbury Publishing. pp. 34–35. ISBN 9781596919440. https://books.google.com/books?id=6xg1h5lBheQC&pg=PT34. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  25. 25.025.1Carlin, George; Tony Hendra (2009). Last Words. Free Press. p. 151. ISBN 978-1-4391-7295-7. https://archive.org/details/lastwords0000carl. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  26. ↑Sullivan 2010, p. 114.
  27. ↑Sullivan 2010, p. 158.
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George Carlin

George Denis Patrick Carlin (May 12, 1937 – June 22, 2008) was an American stand-up comedian, social critic, actor, and author. Carlin was noted for his black comedy and his thoughts on politics, the English language, psychology, religion, and various 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 5-4 decision affirmed the government's power the regulate indecent material on the public airwaves. He hosted the first episode of Saturday Night Live on October 11, 1975 and November 10, 1984.

He was also impersonated by Fred Armisen on the March 12, 2005 episode during the "Sean Penn's Celebrity Roast" sketch and on the May 13, 2006 during the "Charades" sketch.

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Actor, writer, and comedian George Carlin was known for his stand-up routines as well as TV appearances and roles in such films as 1987's 'Outrageous Fortune.'

Who Was George Carlin?

After dropping out of high school and enlisting in the Air Force, George Carlin began taking radio jobs, eventually (with partner Jack Burns) attracting the attention of Lenny Bruce, who helped get them appearances on The Tonight Show with Jack Paar. Carlin went on to become a popular stand-up comedian, author, and film and television actor.

Early Life

George Denis Patrick Carlin was born May 12, 1937, in the Bronx, New York. Carlin and his older brother, Pat, were primarily raised by their mother in Manhattan's Morningside Heights neighborhood. Mary Carlin, a devout Irish Catholic, worked as a secretary to support her children.  When George was an infant, she left Carlin's father Patrick, who was a national advertising manager for the New York Sun.

Carlin attended parochial school and much of his negative religious sentiment stems from his experience as a Roman Catholic altar boy. Carlin completed two years of high school before dropping out in the ninth grade.

In 1954, at age 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force as a radar technician and was stationed at Shreveport, Louisiana. Over the next three years, Carlin earned his high school equivalency and moonlighted as a disc jockey at a local radio station. He also received three courts-martial and numerous disciplinary punishments, according to his official Web site. After a general discharge in 1957, he took radio jobs in Boston and Fort Worth, Texas.

Early Comedy Career

In 1959, Carlin teamed up with Texas newscaster, Jack Burns. The pair collaborated on a morning radio show in Fort Worth before relocating to Hollywood, where they attracted the attention of the legendary Lenny Bruce. Bruce helped Burns and Carlin secure appearances on The Tonight Show with Jack Paar (Carlin would make a total of 130 appearances on The Tonight Show).

Burns and Carlin eventually split up, and over the next few years Carlin continued to make numerous appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, as well as 29 appearances on The Merv Griffin Show.

In the early 1960s, Carlin got his start as a stand-up comic by performing on the Las Vegas circuit and entertaining TV audiences. Carlin enjoyed moderate success until the mid-70s when he re-invented his image and adopted a less conventional, somewhat vulgar comedy routine. Carlin's scripted monologues began to represent his disillusioned attitude toward the world in which explored the highly sensitive issues of Vietnam, politics, religion, American culture, drugs, the demise of humanity and the right to free speech.

Seven Words Routine

In July 1972, Carlin was arrested for violating obscenity laws in Milwaukee after his infamous routine "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television."

When a radio station played a recording of Carlin's "Seven Words" routine, it sparked a legal case over obscenity regulations. In 1978, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the government's right to penalize stations that broadcast such material on public airwaves during hours (6 a.m. and 10 p.m.) when young people may typically tune in.

As a self-professed atheist and avid cocaine user, his adversaries deemed him anti-religious and disrespectful of society. However, the comedian's new material brought him success from the younger counterculture. Carlin illustrated his anti-establishment views by being the first host of the risque TV show Saturday Night Live on October 11, 1975.

Comic Great

In 1977, Carlin starred in his first of HBO comedy specials, On Location: George Carlin at USC. In all, he did 14 such specials, including 2008's It's Bad For Ya!

In 1990, Carlin compiled a multi-CD set that highlighted his work from the 70s, titled George Carlin: The Little David Years (1971-'77) (1990). The collection included the albums: FM & AM, Class Clown, Occupation: Foole, Toledo Window Box, An Evening With Wally Londo Featuring Slaszo, and On the Road. Carlin received two Grammy Awards for FM & AM (1990) and Jammin' in New York (1992), for which he won a Grammy. You Are All Diseased (1999) is abundant with his trademark satire and profanity about American family life.

Carlin published Brain Droppings in 1997. The book included his comedic take on life, society and politics. It spent 18 weeks on the New York Times' best-seller list. Two years later, syndicated columnist Mike Barnicle was suspended from the Boston Globe, after he had plagiarized passages from Carlin's book. To Carlin's benefit, the widely publicized controversy led to an increase in book sales.

Throughout his career, Carlin took on a number of comedic roles in films such as 1987's Outrageous Fortune and as Rufus, an emissary from the future, in 1990's Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey. He took a more dramatic turn in The Prince of Tides (1991). He also was featured in Kevin Smith's film Dogma (1999), in which he played Cardinal Glick, a fame-seeking religious figure. In 2006, he provided the voice of Fillmore, a hippie Volkswagen bus, in the animated Cars.

Legacy and Death

Carlin was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1987.

In the 1990s, Carlin enjoyed success with series television. Starting in 1991, he provided the voice of the train conductor on PBS' kid-friendly Shining Time Station for two years and narrated Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends through 1998. He also starred as a cab driver in The George Carlin Show from 1993 to 1995.

In addition to his acting, writing and recording, Carlin continued to perform about 150 dates a year on the road. In 2004, he placed second behind Richard Pryor on Comedy Central's list of "Top 100 Comics of All Time." On June 17, 2008, just five days before his death, it was announced that he was being awarded the 11th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

Carlin's first wife, producer Brenda Hosbrook, died on May 11, 1997 of complications from liver cancer. Their 35-year marriage produced a daughter, Kelly. He is survived by his second wife of ten years, Sally Wade.

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George Carlin

American stand-up comedian

Not to be confused with George Catlin.

George Denis Patrick Carlin (May 12, 1937 – June 22, 2008) was an American stand-up comedian, actor, social critic, and author. Regarded as one of the most important and influential stand-up comics of all time, he was dubbed "the dean of counterculture comedians".[1] He was known for his dark comedy and reflections on politics, the English language, psychology, religion, and taboo subjects. His "seven dirty words" routine was central to the 1978 United States Supreme Court case F.C.C. v. Pacifica Foundation, in which a 5–4 decision affirmed the government's power to censor indecent material on the public airwaves.

The first of Carlin's 14 stand-up comedy specials for HBO was filmed in 1977. From the late 1980s, his routines focused on sociocultural criticism of American society. He often commented on American political issues and satirized American culture. He was a frequent performer and guest host on The Tonight Show during the three-decade Johnny Carson era and hosted the first episode of Saturday Night Live in 1975. His final comedy special, It's Bad for Ya, was filmed less than four months before his death from cardiac failure.[2] In 2008, he was posthumously awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. In 2004, he placed second on Comedy Central's list of top 10 American comedians.[3] In 2017, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him second (behind Richard Pryor) on its list of the 50 best stand-up comedians of all time.[4]

His film roles included a taxi driver in Car Wash, Frank Madras in Outrageous Fortune, Rufus in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, Eddie Detreville in The Prince of Tides, Cardinal Ignatius Glick in Dogma, Architect in Scary Movie 3, and Bart Trinké in Jersey Girl. He did voice-over roles as Zugor in Tarzan II, Fillmore in Cars, and narrated the first four seasons in the American dub of the British children's television show Thomas & Friends.

Early life[edit]

George Denis Patrick Carlin[5] was born in Manhattan on May 12, 1937,[6][7] to secretary Mary (née Bearey) and The Sun advertising manager Patrick John Carlin, who in 1935 won the Mahogany Gavel Award from over 800 other public speakers at the Dale Carnegie Public Speaking Institute, and who died when Carlin was eight years old. His mother was born in New York City to Irish immigrants while his father was an Irish immigrant from County Donegal, leading Carlin to describe himself as "fully Irish".[8] His maternal grandfather, Dennis Bearey, was a police officer in the New York City Police Department (NYPD). During his adult life Carlin wrote out the works of William Shakespeare by hand for the enjoyment. Carlin recalled that his grandmother's maiden name was O'Grady, but it was changed to Grady before she reached the U.S. He later joked that they "dropped the 'O' in the ocean on the way here". He named his character on The George Carlin Show "O'Grady" as a tribute to her.[9] He had an older brother named Patrick Jr. His parents separated when he was two months old because of his father's alcoholism, so his mother raised him and his brother on her own.[10]

Carlin said that he picked up an appreciation for the effective use of the English language from his mother,[11] though they had a difficult relationship and he often ran away from home.[12] He grew up on West 121st Street in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, which he and his friends called "White Harlem" because it "sounded a lot tougher than its real name".[13] He attended Corpus Christi School, a Roman Catholic parish school of the Corpus Christi Church in Morningside Heights.[14][15] One of Carlin's best childhood friends was fellow student Randy Jurgensen who went on to become one of the most decorated homicide detectives in the NYPD's history.[16] His mother owned a television, which was a rare and new technology at the time, and Carlin became an avid fan of the pioneering late-night talk show Broadway Open House during its short run.[17] He went to the Bronx for high school but, after three semesters, was expelled from Cardinal Hayes High School at age 15. He briefly attended Bishop Dubois High School in Harlem and the Salesian High School in Goshen.[18] He spent many summers at Camp Notre Dame in Spofford, New Hampshire, where he regularly won the camp's drama award. Later, at his request, some of his ashes were spread at Spofford Lake upon his death.[19]

Carlin joined the U.S. Air Force and trained as a radar technician. He was stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City, Louisiana, and began working as a disc jockey at the radio station KJOE in nearby Shreveport. Labeled an "unproductive airman" by his superiors, he received a general discharge on July 29, 1957. During his time in the Air Force, he had been court-martialed three times and received many nonjudicial punishments and reprimands.[20]

Career[edit]

1960s[edit]

In 1959, Carlin met Jack Burns, a fellow DJ at radio station KXOL in Fort Worth, Texas.[21] They formed a comedy team and after successful performances at Fort Worth's beat coffeehouse called The Cellar, Burns and Carlin headed for California in February 1960.[5]

Within weeks of arriving in California, Burns and Carlin put together an audition tape and created The Wright Brothers, a morning show on KDAY in Hollywood. During their tenure at KDAY, they honed their material in beatnik coffeehouses at night.[22] Years later when he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Carlin requested that it be placed in front of the KDAY studios near the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Vine Street.[23] Burns and Carlin recorded their only album, Burns and Carlin at the Playboy Club Tonight, in May 1960 at Cosmo Alley in Hollywood.[22] After two years together as a team, they parted to pursue individual careers, but "remain[ed] the best of friends".[24]

In the 1960s, Carlin began appearing on television variety shows, where he played various characters:[25]

  • The Indian Sergeant – "There will be a rain dance tonight ... weather permitting ..."
  • Stupid disc jockeys ("Wonderful WINO radio ...") – "The Beatles' latest record, when played backwards at slow speed, says, 'Dummy! You're playing it backwards at slow speed!'"
  • Al Sleet, the Hippie-Dippie Weatherman – "Tonight's forecast: Dark. Continued mostly dark tonight, changing to widely scattered light towards morning."
Carlin performing on This Is Tom Jonesin 1969

Variations on these routines appear on Carlin's 1967 debut album, Take-Offs and Put-Ons, which was recorded live in 1966 at The Roostertail in Detroit, Michigan and issued by RCA Victor in 1967.[25] During this period, Carlin became a frequent performer and guest host on The Tonight Show, initially with Jack Paar as host, and then with Johnny Carson. Carlin became one of Carson's most frequent substitutes during the host's three-decade reign. Carlin was also cast in Away We Go, a 1967 comedy show that aired on CBS.[26] His material during his early career and his appearance, which consisted of suits and short-cropped hair, had been seen as "conventional", particularly when contrasted with his later anti-establishment material.[27]

Carlin was present at Lenny Bruce's arrest for obscenity. As the police began attempting to detain members of the audience for questioning, they asked Carlin for his identification. Telling the police he did not believe in government-issued IDs, he was arrested and taken to jail with Bruce in the same vehicle.[28] In the late 1960s, Carlin was making about $250,000 annually.[29] As a tax shelter, he bought a twin-engine Aero Commander 1121 Jet Commander private jet and hired pilots to fly him to various tour dates.[30]

1970s[edit]

Over time, Carlin changed his routines and his appearance; he grew his hair long, sported a beard and earrings, and typically dressed in T-shirts and blue jeans. He lost some TV bookings by dressing strangely for a comedian at a time when clean-cut, well-dressed comedians were the norm. He hired talent managers Jeff Wald and Ron De Blasio to help him change his image, making him look more "hip" for a younger audience. Wald put Carlin into much smaller clubs such as The Troubadour in West Hollywood and The Bitter End in New York City, and later said that Carlin's income was thus reduced by 90% but his later career arc was greatly improved.[29] In 1970, record producer Monte Kay formed the Little David Records subsidiary of Atlantic Records, with comedian Flip Wilson as co-owner.[31] Kay and Wilson signed Carlin away from RCA Records and recorded a Carlin performance at Washington, D.C.'s Cellar Door in May 1971, which was released as FM & AM in January 1972. De Blasio was busy managing the fast-paced career of Freddie Prinze and was about to sign Richard Pryor, so he released Carlin to Little David general manager Jack Lewis, who, like Carlin, was somewhat wild and rebellious.[32] Using his own persona as a springboard for his new comedy, he was presented by Ed Sullivan in a performance of "The Hair Piece" and quickly regained his popularity as the public caught on to his sense of style.[33]

Starting in 1972, singer-songwriter Kenny Rankin was Carlin's label mate on Little David Records, and Rankin served many times as Carlin's musical guest or opening act during the early 1970s. The two flew together in Carlin's private jet; Carlin says that Rankin relapsed into using cocaine while on tour since Carlin had so much of the drug available.[30] The album FM & AM proved very popular. It marked Carlin's change from mainstream to counterculture comedy. The "AM" side was an extension of Carlin's previous style, with zany but relatively clean routines parodying aspects of American life. The "FM" side introduced Carlin's new style, with references to marijuana and birth control pills, and a playful examination of the word "shit". In this manner, Carlin renewed a style of radical social commentary comedy that Lenny Bruce had pioneered in the late 1950s.[29]

Carlin performing in the 1970s

In this period, Carlin perfected his well-known "seven dirty words" routine, which most notably appears on Class Clown as follows: "'Shit', 'piss', 'fuck', 'cunt', 'cocksucker', 'motherfucker', and 'tits'. Those are the heavy seven. Those are the ones that'll infect your soul, curve your spine and keep the country from winning the war." On July 21, 1972, Carlin was arrested after performing this routine at Milwaukee's Summerfest and charged with violating obscenity laws.[34] The case, which prompted Carlin to refer to the words for a time as the "Milwaukee Seven", was dismissed in December when the judge declared that the language was indecent but that Carlin had the freedom to say it as long as he caused no disturbance.[35] In 1973, a man complained to the FCC after listening with his son to a similar routine, "Filthy Words" from Carlin's Occupation: Foole, which was broadcast one afternoon over radio station WBAI. Pacifica received a citation from the FCC for violating regulations that prohibit broadcasting "obscene" material. The Supreme Court upheld the FCC action by a vote of 5 to 4, ruling that the routine was "indecent but not obscene" and that the FCC had authority to prohibit such broadcasts during hours when children were likely to be among the audience.[36][37]

The controversy increased Carlin's fame. He eventually expanded the "dirty words" theme with a seemingly interminable end to a performance, finishing with his voice fading out in one HBO version and accompanying the credits in the Carlin at Carnegie special for the 1982–83 season, and a set of 49 web pages organized by subject and embracing his "Incomplete List of Impolite Words".[38] On stage, during a rendition of this routine, Carlin learned that his previous comedy album FM & AM had won a Grammy. Midway through the performance on the album Occupation: Foole, he can be heard thanking someone for handing him a piece of paper. He then exclaimed "shit!" and proudly announced his win to the audience.[39]

George Carlin was arrested seven times for reciting the "Seven Dirty Words" routine.[40]

Carlin hosted the premiere broadcast of NBC's Saturday Night Live on October 11, 1975. Per his request, he did not appear in its sketches.[41] The following season, 1976–1977, he appeared regularly on CBS Television's Tony Orlando & Dawn variety series.[42]

Carlin unexpectedly stopped performing regularly in 1976, when his career appeared to be at its height. For the next five years, he rarely performed stand-up, although it was at this time that he began doing specials for HBO as part of its On Location series; he did 14 specials, including 2008's It's Bad For Ya![43] He later revealed that he had suffered the first of three heart attacks during this layoff period.[44] His first two HBO specials aired in 1977 and 1978.[46]

1980s[edit]

In 1981, Carlin returned to the stage, releasing A Place for My Stuff and returning to HBO and New York City with the Carlin at Carnegie TV special, videotaped at Carnegie Hall and airing during the 1982–83 season. Carlin continued doing HBO specials every year or two over the following decade and a half. All of Carlin's albums from this time forward are from the HBO specials.[47][48]

He hosted SNL for the second time on November 10, 1984, this time appearing in several sketches.[49]

Carlin began to achieve prominence as a film actor with a major supporting role in the 1987 comedy hit Outrageous Fortune, starring Bette Midler and Shelley Long; it was his first notable screen role after a handful of previous guest roles on television series. Playing drifter Frank Madras, he poked fun at the lingering effect of the 1960s counterculture. In 1989, he gained popularity with a new generation of teens when he was cast as Rufus, the time-traveling mentor of the title characters in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, and reprised his role in the film sequel Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey as well as the first season of the cartoon series.

1990s[edit]

Also in 1991, Carlin had a major supporting role in the movie The Prince of Tides, which starred Nick Nolte and Barbra Streisand, portraying the gay neighbor of the main character's suicidal sister.[50]

He also played the role of "Mr Conductor" on the PBS show Shining Time Station and narrated the show's sequences of the American and New Zealand version of the U.K. television series Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends from 1991 to 1995, replacing Ringo Starr. Carlin narrated the first four seasons of what would later become known as Thomas & Friends for use on Shining Time Station. According to Britt Allcroft, who developed both shows, on the first day of the assignment, Carlin was nervous about recording his narration without an audience, so the producers put a stuffed teddy bear in the booth.[51]

In 1993, Carlin began a weekly Fox sitcom, The George Carlin Show, playing New York City taxicab driver George O'Grady. The show, created and written by The Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon, ran 27 episodes through December 1995.[52] In his final book, the posthumously published Last Words, Carlin said about The George Carlin Show, "I had a great time. I never laughed so much, so often, so hard as I did with cast members Alex Rocco, Chris Rich, Tony Starke. There was a very strange, very good sense of humor on that stage ... [but] I was incredibly happy when the show was canceled. I was frustrated that it had taken me away from my true work."[53]

Carlin was honored at the 1997 Aspen Comedy Festival with a retrospective, George Carlin: 40 Years of Comedy, hosted by Jon Stewart. His first hardcover book, Brain Droppings (1997), sold nearly 900,000 copies and spent 40 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list.[54]

2000s[edit]

Carlin later explained that there were other, more pragmatic reasons for abandoning his acting career in favor of standup. In an interview for Esquire magazine in 2001, he said, "Because of my abuse of drugs, I neglected my business affairs and had large arrears with the IRS, and that took me eighteen to twenty years to dig out of. I did it honorably, and I don't begrudge them. I don't hate paying taxes, and I'm not angry at anyone, because I was complicit in it. But I'll tell you what it did for me: it made me a way better comedian. Because I had to stay out on the road and I couldn't pursue that movie career, which would have gone nowhere, and I became a really good comic and a really good writer."[55]

In 2001, Carlin was given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 15th Annual American Comedy Awards. In December 2003, Representative Doug Ose (R-California) introduced a bill (H.R. 3687) to outlaw the broadcast of Carlin's "seven dirty words",[56] including "compound use (including hyphenated compounds) of such words and phrases with each other or with other words or phrases, and other grammatical forms of such words and phrases (including verb, adjective, gerund, participle, and infinitive forms)". The bill omitted "tits", but included "asshole", which was not one of Carlin's original seven words. The bill was referred to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution in January 2004, where it was tabled.[56]

Carlin performed regularly as a headliner in Las Vegas, but in 2004 his run at the MGM Grand Las Vegas was terminated after an altercation with his audience. After a poorly received set, filled with dark references to suicide bombings and beheadings, Carlin complained that he could not wait to get out of "this fucking hotel" and Las Vegas; he wanted to go back east, he said, "where the real people are". He continued: "People who go to Las Vegas, you've got to question their fucking intellect to start with. Traveling hundreds and thousands of miles to essentially give your money to a large corporation is kind of fucking moronic. That's what I'm always getting here is these kind of fucking people with very limited intellects." When an audience member shouted, "Stop degrading us!" Carlin responded, "Thank you very much, whatever that was. I hope it was positive; if not, well, blow me." He was immediately fired, and soon thereafter his representative announced that he would begin treatment for alcohol and prescription painkiller addiction on his own initiative.[57][58]

Following his thirteenth HBO special on November 5, 2005, Life Is Worth Losing,[59] which aired live from the Beacon Theatre in New York City – during which he mentioned, "I've got 341 days of sobriety" – Carlin toured his new material through the first half of 2006. Topics included suicide, natural disasters, cannibalism, genocide, human sacrifice, threats to civil liberties in the U.S., and the case for his theory that humans are inferior to other animals. At the first tour stop in February at the Tachi Palace Casino in Lemoore, California, Carlin mentioned that the appearance was his "first show back" after a six-week hospitalization for heart failure and pneumonia.[citation needed]

Carlin voiced a character in the 2006 Disney/Pixar animated feature Cars. The character, Fillmore, is an anti-establishment hippie VW Microbus with a psychedelic paint job and the license plate "51237" – Carlin's birthday. In 2007, Carlin voiced the wizard in Happily N'Ever After, his last film. Carlin's last HBO stand-up special, It's Bad for Ya, aired live on March 1, 2008, from the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa, California.[60] Themes included "American bullshit", rights, death, old age, and child rearing. He repeated the theme to his audience several times throughout the show: "It's all bullshit, and it's bad for ya."[61] When asked on Inside the Actors Studio what turned him on, he responded, "Reading about language." When asked what made him proudest of his career, he said the number of his books that have been sold, close to a million copies.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

In August 1960, while touring with comedy partner Jack Burns in Dayton, Ohio, Carlin met Brenda Hosbrook. They were married at her parents' home in Dayton on June 3, 1961.[62] The couple's only child, Kelly Marie Carlin, was born on June 15, 1963. The two renewed their wedding vows in Las Vegas in 1971. Hosbrook died of liver cancer on May 11, 1997, the day before Carlin's 60th birthday.[63] Six months later, he met comedy writer Sally Wade, and later described it as "love at first sight" but admitted that he was hesitant to act on his feelings so soon after his wife's death.[64] He eventually married Wade in a private and unregistered ceremony on June 24, 1998. The marriage lasted until Carlin's death in 2008, two days before their 10-year anniversary.[65][66]

In a 2008 interview, Carlin stated that using cannabis, LSD, and mescaline had helped him cope with events in his personal life.[67] He also stated several times that he had battled addictions to alcohol, Vicodin, and cocaine,[68] and spent some time in a rehab facility in late 2004.[69] Although born into a Catholic family, he vocally rejected religion in all of its forms, and frequently criticized and mocked it in his comedy routines.[70] When asked if he believed in God, he responded, "No. No, there's no God, but there might be some sort of an organizing intelligence, and I think to understand it is way beyond our ability."[71]

Death[edit]

Carlin had a history of heart problems spanning three decades. These included heart attacks in 1978, 1982, and 1991; an arrhythmia requiring an ablation procedure in 2003; a significant episode of heart failure in late 2005; and two angioplasties.[72] On June 22, 2008, at the age of 71, he died of heart failure at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California.[73][74] His death occurred one week after his last performance at The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. In accordance with his wishes, his body was cremated and his ashes were scattered in front of various nightclubs he had played in New York City and over Spofford Lake in New Hampshire, where he had fond memories of attending summer camp as an adolescent.[75]

Tributes[edit]

Upon his death, HBO broadcast 11 of his 14 HBO specials from June 25 to 28, including a 12-hour marathon block on their HBO Comedy channel. NBC scheduled a rerun of the premiere episode of Saturday Night Live, which Carlin hosted.[76][77][78] Both Sirius Satellite Radio's "Raw Dog Comedy" and XM Satellite Radio's "XM Comedy" channels ran a memorial marathon of George Carlin recordings the day following his death. Sirius XM Satellite Radio has since devoted an entire channel to Carlin, entitled Carlin's Corner, featuring all of his comedy albums, live concerts, and works from his private archives.[79]Larry King devoted his entire show of June 23 to a tribute to Carlin, featuring interviews with Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Maher, Roseanne Barr and Lewis Black, as well as Carlin's daughter Kelly and his brother, Patrick Jr. On June 24, The New York Times printed an op-ed piece on Carlin by Jerry Seinfeld.[80] Cartoonist Garry Trudeau paid tribute in his Doonesbury comic strip on July 27.[81]

Four days before Carlin's death, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts had named him its 2008 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor honoree.[82] He became its first posthumous recipient on November 10 in Washington, D.C.[83] Comedians honoring him at the ceremony included Jon Stewart, Bill Maher, Lily Tomlin (a past Twain Humor Prize winner), Lewis Black, Denis Leary, Joan Rivers, and Margaret Cho. Louis C.K. dedicated his stand-up special Chewed Up to Carlin, and Lewis Black dedicated the second season of Root of All Evil to him.

For a number of years, Carlin had been compiling and writing his autobiography, to be released in conjunction with a one-man Broadway show tentatively titled New York Boy. After Carlin's death, Tony Hendra, his collaborator on both projects, edited the autobiography for release as Last Words. The book, chronicling most of Carlin's life and future plans, including the one-man show, was published in 2009. The abridged audio edition is narrated by Carlin's brother, Patrick Jr.[84]

The George Carlin Letters: The Permanent Courtship of Sally Wade,[85] by Carlin's widow, a collection of previously unpublished writings and artwork by Carlin interwoven with Wade's chronicle of their 10 years together, was published in March 2011. The subtitle is a phrase on a handwritten note that Wade found next to her computer upon returning home from the hospital after her husband's death.[86] In 2008 Carlin's daughter Kelly announced plans to publish an "oral history", a collection of stories from Carlin's friends and family.[87] She later indicated that the project had been shelved in favor of completion of her own project,[88] an autobiographical one-woman show, A Carlin Home Companion: Growing Up with George.[89][90]

On October 22, 2014, a portion of West 121st Street, in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan where Carlin spent his childhood, was renamed "George Carlin Way".[91]

Moneyball screenwriter Stan Chervin announced in October 2018 that a biopic of Carlin was in process.[92][93]

On August 10, 2020, it was announced that Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio would direct on a documentary about Carlin.[94]

Influences[edit]

Carlin's influences included Danny Kaye,[12][95]Jonathan Winters,[12]Lenny Bruce,[44][96][97]Richard Pryor,[44]Nichols and May,[98]Jerry Lewis,[12][44] the Marx Brothers,[12][44]Mort Sahl,[97]Spike Jones,[44]Ernie Kovacs,[44] and the Ritz Brothers.[12]

Comedians who have claimed Carlin as an influence include Dave Attell,[99]Bill Burr,[100]Chris Rock,[101]Jerry Seinfeld,[102]Louis C.K.,[103]Lewis Black,[104]Jon Stewart,[105]Stephen Colbert,[106]Bill Maher,[107][108]Patrice O'Neal,[109]Adam Carolla,[110]Colin Quinn,[111]Steven Wright,[112]Mitch Hedberg,[113]Russell Peters,[114]Bo Burnham,[115]Jay Leno,[116]Ben Stiller,[116]Kevin Smith,[117]Chris Rush,[118]Rob McElhenney,[119] and Jim Jefferies.[120]

Works[edit]

Discography[edit]

Main
Compilations

Film[edit]

Television[edit]

Video games[edit]

HBO specials[edit]

Written works[edit]

Audiobooks[edit]

The "Carlin Warning"[edit]

After Carlin's seven dirty words routine and subsequent FCC v. Pacifica Foundation Supreme Court ruling in 1973, broadcasters started to use the "Carlin Warning" to remind performers of the words they could not say during a live performance.[129]

Internet hoaxes[edit]

Many writings found on the internet have been falsely attributed to Carlin, including various joke lists, rants, and other pieces. The web site Snopes, an online resource that debunks urban legends and myths, has addressed these hoaxes. Many of them contain material that runs counter to Carlin's viewpoints; some are especially volatile toward racial groups, gay people, women, the homeless, and other targets. Carlin was aware of these bogus e-mails and debunked them on his own website, saying, "Here's a rule of thumb, folks: Nothing you see on the Internet is mine unless it comes from one of my albums, books, HBO specials, or appeared on my website," and "It bothers me that some people might believe that I would be capable of writing some of this stuff." Weird Al Yankovic referenced these hoaxes in a line of his song "Stop Forwarding That Crap to Me" by saying "And by the way, those quotes from George Carlin aren't really George Carlin".[130]

See also[edit]

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George Carlin: The Illusion Of Choice

George Carlin

George Carlin

George Carlin 1975 (Little David Records) Publicity.jpg

Carlin in 1975

Born

George Denis Patrick Carlin


(1937-05-12)May 12, 1937

Manhattan, New York, U.S.

DiedJune 22, 2008(2008-06-22) (aged 71)

Santa Monica, California, U.S.

Cause of deathHeart failure
OccupationActor, author, comedian, writer
Years active1956–2008
Known forNarrator of Thomas and Friends
Mr. Conductor on Shining Time Station
Spouse(s)Brenda Hosbrook
(m. 1961–1997; her death)
Sally Wade
(m. 1998–2008; his death)
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George Denis Patrick Carlin (May 12, 1937 – June 22, 2008) was an Americanactor, author, comedian and writer. He was known for his dark comedy and jokes about politics, the English language, psychology, religion, and taboo.

Early life[change | change source]

Carlin was born and raised in Manhattan, New York City. Carlin said that he started to appreciate effective use of the English language because of his mother, though they had a difficult relationship and he often ran away from home. He grew up on West 121st Street in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, which he and his friends called "White Harlem" because it "sounded a lot tougher than its real name".

His mother had a television, which was a rare and new technology at the time, and Carlin became a fan of the late-night talk show Broadway Open House during its short run.[1]

Carlin joined the U.S. Air Force and trained as a radar technician. During his time in the Air Force, he had been court-martialed three times and received many nonjudicial punishments and reprimands.[2]

Career[change | change source]

The first of Carlin's 14 stand-up comedy specials for HBO was filmed in 1977. From the late 1980s, his performances were focused on sociocultural criticism of American society.

Carlin acted in movies including Jersey Girl, Dogma, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure (and its sequel), Scary Movie 3, and Disney's Tarzan 2. He also narrated the children's television series Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends from 1984 to 1995 (Actor Alec Baldwin later took over the role in 1998), and Portrayed Mr. Conductor on Shining Time Station.

He was known for his "seven dirty words" routine. The routine was about seven words people should not say in the media. (The list was ironically used by many radio stations, as a guide to what kind of language was not allowed.) Comedy Central called Carlin one of the greatest stand-up comedians.

Personal life[change | change source]

Carlin married Brenda Hosbrook on June 3, 1961, together they have a daughter named Kelly.[source?] They remained married until her death in 1997, just a few day's before Carlin's 60th birthday.[source?] Carlin then married Sally Wade on June 24, 1998, the married lasted until Carlin's death in 2008.[source?]

Death[change | change source]

Carlin had a history of heart problems. He had several heart attacks. He died of heart failure in Santa Monica, California at age 71.

Works[change | change source]

Discography[change | change source]

Main
Compilations

Filmography[change | change source]

Television[change | change source]

Video games[change | change source]

HBO specials[change | change source]

Bibliography[change | change source]

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References[change | change source]

  1. George Carlin (December 17, 2007). George Carlin Interview Part 1 of 7 - TelevisionAcademy.com/Interviews. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Event occurs at 20:23. Retrieved 2020-01-18.
  2. "Comedian George Carlin dies at 71". Variety. June 22, 2008. Retrieved June 10, 2014.
  3. Carlin, George (1984). Sometimes a Little Brain Damage Can Help. Philadelphia: Running Press Book Publishers. ISBN .
  4. Carlin, George (1998). Brain Droppings. New York: Hyperion. ISBN .
  5. Carlin, George (2001). Napalm & Silly Putty. New York: Hyperion. ISBN .
  6. Carlin, George (2004). When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?. New York: Hyperion. ISBN .
  7. Carlin, George (2006). Three Times Carlin. New York: Hyperion. ISBN .
  8. Carlin, George (2009). Watch My Language. New York: Hyperion. ISBN .
  9. "Watch My Language". BookFinder.com. Archived from the original on September 10, 2013. Retrieved October 9, 2010.
  10. Carlin, George (2009). Last Words. New York: Free Press. ISBN .

Other websites[change | change source]

Sours: https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Carlin

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