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”.
I should clarify that while I agree with GC on religion, I DO NOT share his nihilism with regards to the USA.
“He said he last voted for George McGovern, who ran for President in 1972.” .................. So much for proof of drug addiction.