Skip to comments.Comedian George Carlin dies in L.A.
Posted on 06/22/2008 10:33:17 PM PDT by kcvl
LOS 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.
Carlin, who had a history of heart problems, died at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica about 6 p.m. PDT (2 a.m. British time) 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.
He drove me insane sometimes as far left as he was, but By God he was funny. And didn’t let ANYONE tell him what to say and I respect him for that.
And he was always great as voices in my kids’ movies.
Miss you much Mr. Carlin.
I couldn’t agree more. His political and religious stuff rubbed me the wrong way, but he was so talented I was able to look past it. Class Clown was an album I wore out when I was young. I saw him at the Garde in New London back in ‘93 on the Carlin on Campus tour. I’m glad I did. God he made me laugh. A consummate satirist.
What the hell is your problem? He’s dead and that’s all you can say? Do FR a favor and keep silent when Senator Kennedy passes on.
Although he became best known for his drug and “dirty” humor, when he kept it clean, he was as good or better than anyone else at the time.
He could, at times, be brilliant. Some of his bits had me laughing so hard I couldn’t catch my breath.
Thank you so much for posting that. The whole house is sleeping and I’m sitting here trying to keep my laughs from waking them. I’ve also come to realize that laughter and eating a bowl of Fiber 1 can cause rather a mess on your monitor. LOL! Thanks again. :)
can someone private reply me which 7 words.....
So anyone in Buffalo see something strange (oxymoron for that liberal haven) it might be George.
Thank you George for the laughs and letting me know I wasn't the only one with Nun issues.
I saw him in person when I was in college — funny guy. And (excuse me for this) my kids LOVED him on “Thomas the Tank Engine” as the narrator. He’ll be missed.
Prayers for his family and friends. He was an original.
“... His political and religious stuff rubbed me the wrong way...”
I loved George Carlin when he was on the Ed Sullivan Show (yes I am an aging boomer). He was clean and he was funny. I started not liking him when he started bashing Catholics (I am sorry he didn’t agree with the Church, but it was totally disgusting and uncalled for). Rest in peace anyway.
You mean I'm not the only one?
Both Carlin and Richard Pryor were hilarious way back on the Sullivan show when they had to be clean. Then they got "edgy" and stopped being funny while everyone else started raving about what "geniuses" they were.
An atheist does not go to Heaven!!
He had been on hiatus for a few years with live performance and was trying out some new material.
“My stuff” was some of that classic material. I never laughed so hard in my life!
I saw him twice in person. Many times on HBO. He was one of my favorite comedians.
They are "I gave money and vote to nObama" and God forgive anyone who speaking them!
Yes, his “7 Words” helped destroy civility in our society, but I’ll always remember Carlin as...
Biff Barf: “We have a patial score, Baltimore 3...”
Al Sleet: “And a quick look at the radar shows an incoming flight of Soviet ICBM’s”
And the man who made such observations as: “Did you ever notice how hail always comes in other sizes? Penny sized; dime sized; baseball sized; etc.?”
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Richard Pryor leads me in burning himself out one to nothing.
But I lead Richard Pryor in heart attacks two to one.
You see, first, Richard Pryor had a heart attack.
Then, I had a heart attack.
Then Richard Pryor burned himself out.
And I said, "F**k that, I'll have another heart attack."
He was so much funnier on TV than he was live. I was disappointed when we saw his show. The first couple of ‘f’ bombs were shockingly funny, then it got old really fast when it turned out to be every other ‘f’ing’ word. Much better when he was on TV and had to be creatively funny as opposed to just saying that word every 2 seconds. Not much creativity working there, I walk outside the high school and hear the same stuff.
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