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 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 fing 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. It wasn’t entertaining then, it was boring and offensive. We were both disappointed when we left his show.
I need a more of a reason to laugh then hearing the F word.
Nice thoughts, but what makes you think that?
My favorite line. 100% accurate every time, except some are longer than others.
I do hope he made peace with God. Loved his humor. I’m a little strange, Too.
But then again, Richard Pryer set up the ‘Ignited Negro College Fund”
That certainly saves them a lot of surprise and embarrassment!
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RIP, George. I'll always remember your on-air sports comment about "roller-f***ing."
"Thanks, Mr. George Carlin, for all the laughs. Somehow I know youll keep em angels gigglin where youre going."
To which 13 replied:
"... I doubt he ever thought he would go to an imaginary heaven or see imaginary angels."
To which I replied in 15:
"I knows it was angels I heard tonight cuz worms got no sense of humor at-all."
Later, 33 said:
"An atheist does not go to Heaven!!"
And 43 asked me:
"Nice thoughts, but what makes you think that?"
To which I reply:
In particular because of the quality of laughter that his vinyl recording brought me during a trying time in 1973 -- in particular, the bit about why it's handy that snot should be camouflage green and not florescent pink. I have it on good authority that there are angels who made note of the moment.
As for the other, I don't believe in atheists. An atheist can no more be than a soap bubble can without air. And even if I thought I had prophetic powers, and understood all mysteries and all knowledge, and had all faith, so as to remove mountains, I would not presume to concern myself with the quality of someone else's afterlife or personal relationship with the LORD. That's not my bailiwick. I've my own to tend to -- and that's an effort that calls for all my heart, all my soul, all my strength, and all my mind. And as if that wasn't enough, I am reminded that in my free time I am commanded to love my neighbor as myself! Goll-lee. Yet it seems there are some who hold that God hasn't got a sense of humor. Oh well. Not my bailiwick.
He was nothing but a bitter old man at the end of his time and a dreanged leftist at that with a touch of hypocrisy tossed in for railing on about big money and greed while he charged big $$$ for his shows and lived the high life.
Sometimes when you walk the bitter line it’s easy to fall into the sewer.
Back in the day though he delivered some great monologues.
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I had an album of his with that routine, plus the seven words and some other stuff. So funny. Come to think of it, I’m surprised my parents even bought it for me LOL
Dang that was a loooong time ago....
Um...that's a pretty big stretch. No one on this thread has said that God won't let him into Heaven because God doesn't like his jokes, they've said he won't go to Heaven for the same reason the Bible does: Because you must "confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead" in order to be saved.
People aren't nosy riff-raff busybodies because they believe what God has said. If Carlin died an atheist, he is most certainly not in Heaven. If he repented and accepted God's grace, his name is written in the Book of Life and he dwells in Paradise today. Believing that isn't judging, it's taking him and God at their word.
That would make a great case for my big bass fiddle :-)
As for Carlin I do hope he was just kidding but when I saw and heard what he said it reminded me of old Uncle Wright BO's pastor..I would never waste money on anyone making fun of me or my Christian brother an sisters although I would pay to get a good laugh..Carlin is just not funny he is Pathetic..
And with that said I do hope he RIP where ever he may be...
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Gonna miss ya, George. Thanks for the memories. I think Trey and Matt have taken up the fight with the pompous, stuffy and insecure, but you were the pioneer. I'm sure you're up on the roof, somewhere. Go in peace.