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George Carlin: 1937-2008

These days, most comedians swear like sailors and revel in shocking their audiences, but for standup comedy pioneers like George Carlin, who died yesterday of heart failure, swearing and shocking were not gratuitous. He wanted to shake up a hypocritical society and make people think about what "clean" language hides underneath it. (His famous "Seven Words You Can't Say on Television" routine got him arrested and went all the way to the Supreme Court, where they ruled that his language was "indecent" but not "obscene.") George Carlin will always be remembered as a comic genius. Here's a clip of George railing against euphemisms — a crank and a gadfly to the end. (Thanks, eBaum's World!)

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eastcoastgirl eastcoastgirl 7 years
May he rest in peace!!He was a comic genius and will be very missed!
Nitrobezene Nitrobezene 7 years
I love George! Religion is bullshIt!
rabidmoon rabidmoon 7 years
Like Bill Hicks, Carlin was a comedian who hit the right kind of note with me. Rare, brave and important, these guys spoke the truths a lot of people did not want to hear. "Carlin at Carnegie" is, to this day, one of my favourite routines ever, but I remember hearing older routines on cassettes as as kid, stuff from his 70s era, and just laughing my head off...and an older part of my consciousness sort of nodding soberly at the truths between the lines. "Well, is it meat..or is it cake?!? Tell it to make up its mind..and then come on back!" Meh, I miss him already. :(
amaydlove amaydlove 7 years
Aw, I laughed so hard when I watched that clip. I'm gonna miss him & his humor ):
caligirl101 caligirl101 7 years
I'm so sad that I never saw him in person. He had a show in town less than a year ago!
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
Thanks for the clip, Giggle. He was one brilliant man and a comic genius!
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 7 years
That was great, may he rest in peace.
slashyelizabeth slashyelizabeth 7 years
he was a true legend. somehow i know he's off in a better place, laughing at all of us.
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