Skip to comments.Comedian George Carlin dies in Los Angeles at 71
Posted on 06/22/2008 10:11:46 PM PDT by jmc813
OS ANGELES (Reuters) - Comedian George Carlin, a counter-culture hero famed for his routines about drugs and dirty words, died of heart failure at a Los Angeles-area hospital on Sunday, a spokesman said. He was 71. ADVERTISEMENT Carlin, who had a history of heart problems, died at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica about 6 p.m. PDT (9 p.m. EDT) after being admitted earlier in the afternoon for chest pains, spokesman Jeff Abraham told Reuters. Known for his edgy, provocative material, Carlin achieved status as an anti-Establishment icon in the 1970s with stand-up bits full of drug references and a routine about seven dirty words you could not say on television. A regulatory battle over a radio broadcast of his "Filthy Words" routine ultimately reached the U.S. Supreme Court.
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I remember him when he was preppy, before he “freaked out” and “turned-on”.
About the time Vietnam got real nasty. He had some good jokes about that which gave us a good laugh at the time. Believe me, we needed it.
Breaking on Fox now.... sad stuff man....
"I think people should be allowed to do anything they want. We haven't tried that for a while. Maybe this time it'll work."
"Some people see things that are and ask, Why? Some people dream of things that never were and ask, Why not? Some people have to go to work and don't have time for all that."
"Weather forecast for tonight: dark."
"What does it mean to pre-board? Do you get on before you get on?"
"Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things."
Sad news. RIP. Say hello to Rodney for me.
A legacy no one could be proud of.
He gave us a few laughs and some of those laughs were at ourselves. Where's the harm?
George Carlins Take On Religion
Although I liked the piece about the car gang that would break into cars at quick marts without damaging anything, and the only thing they would do was crank up the volume on the radio, so when the "victim" got back in the car with the milk, and started the car, the volume would blast him out, and he'd be left thinking, "Well, it wasn't this loud when I got out of the car...".
He wanted to offend people, so nasty commments (and, the comment above was not nasty) are the tribute he would want.
Sad as it is, I hope he realized it before he passed. There is still hope for all souls.
If memory serves, he did that bit the first time I ever saw him, on Carson ...
"Our radar is picking up a line of thundershowers, but it's also picking up a squadron of ICBMs, so I wouldn't sweat the thundershowers."
I suppose that would make sense in some perverse way, if it, in fact, made sense.
Thanks for having the balls to post that. George was right...
You can blame me for saying what needed to be said. Something we will all face one day. Joking about ideology is fair game, but Carlin took it a step further, which falls into the category of “harm”.
It’s all about the “legacy” we will all be remembered for, both good and bad.
There was a lot more material that was simply funny and even made us think a little.
So step down from your high horse and recognize that he passed away and, just maybe, The Boss greeted him saying, "See George? You were wrong. Now come sit by me."