George Carlin - RIP
|Birth name||George Denis Patrick Carlin|
|Born||May 12, 1937(1937-05-12)|
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
|Died||June 22, 2008 (aged 71)|
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
|Medium||Stand-up, television, film, books, radio|
|Genres||Character comedy, Observational comedy, Wit/Word play, Satire/Political satire, Black comedy|
|Subject(s)||American culture, American English, everyday life, recreational drug use, death, human behavior, American politics, religion, profanityOk|
Carlin was noted for his black humor as well as his thoughts on politics, the English language, psychology, religion, and various taboo subjects. Carlin and his "Seven Dirty Words" comedy routine were central to the 1978 U.S. Supreme Court case F.C.C. v. Pacifica Foundation, in which a narrow 5–4 decision by the justices affirmed the government's power to regulate indecent material on the public airwaves.
The first of his 14 stand-up comedy specials for HBO was filmed in 1977. In the 1990s and 2000s, Carlin's routines focused on the flaws in modern-day America. He often took on contemporary political issues in the United States and satirized the excesses of American culture. His final HBO special, It's Bad For Ya, was filmed less than four months before his death.
Carlin was placed second on the Comedy Central cable television network list of the 100 greatest stand-up comedians, ahead of Lenny Bruce and behind Richard Pryor. He was a frequent performer and guest host on The Tonight Show during the three-decade Johnny Carson era, and was also the first person to host Saturday Night Live.