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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Ah yes. Classy as always.
And you consider these to be words of wisdom?... Some where/when maybe you can ask George to tell you why he thought he was wise enough to spit in God’s face. ‘Course it won’t be an escape clause for you, but you may get an answer ... after the fact. BTW, do you know what is the beginning of wisdom?
A self-professed atheist and avid cocaine user
Re-emerging as a long-haired, bearded, denim-clad hippie, he lost many of his high-paying gigs, but his riffs on sex, drugs, and politics quickly gained an avid following among the fringe culture.
in the early ‘90s, he courted an even younger audience by assuming the lead role on the PBS children’s series Shining Time Station
“Anyone who’s intelligent who isn’t somewhat angry is probably missing the point somewhere along the way. The way I put it is this: This species is a failure that has organized itself incorrectly, and it’s stuck and will never get out of it because the forces that keep it this way are much too powerful to change. So I gave up on this species, and I kind of try to look at it from a distance, but I can’t completely give up because I’m a part of it. So there’s this tension, and that creates a kind of anger that is easy to theatricalize.”
Carlin is proud of his ability to offend - in fact, he considers it central to his success. “I don’t care what happens to this planet, this race, the country,” he told Jeff Rusnak of the Florida Sun Sentinel.
That his distinctive brand of comedy has weathered more than three decades, as well as his own personal struggles with “heavy drug use,” according to Time
In the 1970s, Carlin became known for unpredictable performances. He would walk off if no one laughed, verbally insult the audience, or simply not appear.
In December 2004, Carlin announced that he would be voluntarily entering a drug rehabilitation facility to receive treatment for his dependency on alcohol and painkillers.
Carlin does not vote and often criticizes elections as an illusion of choice. He said he last voted for George McGovern, who ran for President in 1972.
On February 1, 2006, Carlin mentioned to the crowd, during his Life is Worth Losing set at the Tachi Palace Casino in Lemoore, California, that he had been discharged from the hospital only six weeks previously for “heart failure” and “pneumonia”, citing the appearance as his “first show back”.
- George Carlin (attributed: source unknown)
Now that is classy. [/sarc]
No, I find them to be the words of a fool.
The man mocked religion and God. Guess he knows now who was right.
A “High Horse” is the very last thing I would ride on.
It’s all about individual faith and eternal achievement before we pass form this world. What we leave behind is what mirrors our spirit. Nobody but Mr. Carlin has the answer to what or where he is at the moment.
But the writing from the “Boss” himself makes it perfectly clear that nobody will sit beside him who rejected him in the previous life. No matter how many people he made laugh or think.
True reason for mourning his death. Unless he repented, he is in torment tonight.
Wow, you should have been clearer about that. I take back the thoughts I was having about you.
I should clarify that while I agree with GC on religion, I DO NOT share his nihilism with regards to the USA.
I knew what kcvl was getting at. He was merely letting George Carlin's own words make the point for him. No other comment was necessary.
I guess when you die we wont care because you have NEVER been funny....
He Believes in God now.....
Yeah, but the opening line “Words of wisdom from George Carlin” could either be: part of the cut-and-paste; sarcasm; kvcl’s true thoughts. Now I know it was one of the first two options.
Yep, probably just a little too late to do him any good. That’s the only thing about this news that I think is sad.
George also made fun of New Jersey for having so many tolls throughout the entire state.
Thats the only thing i disliked about him, I sure hope he accepted Jesus before he died.