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Rest In #!&*@% Peace, George Carlin

Rest In #!&*@% Peace, George Carlin

Will we ever know why we drive on a parkway and park on a driveway? No. But I'm glad we had George Carlin around to ask these questions.

On Sunday, at the age of 71, the hilariously foul-mouthed comedian passed away from heart failure (and surely Carlin would make fun of that usage of "pass away" rather than just saying "died"; you can see his bit about death, now a funny, bittersweet video, here).

Often regarded as one of the greatest stand-up comedians, he is today deemed a "counterculture hero" who pushed the envelope in regard to profanity, most famously with his "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television" routine.

The AP continues to note that Carlin leaves a "legal legacy: His most celebrated monologue, a frantic, informed riff on those infamous seven words, led to a Supreme Court decision on broadcasting offensive language." In a 2004 interview, Carlin explained his thoughts on language that's considered taboo:

There's an idea that the human body is somehow evil and bad and there are parts of it that are especially evil and bad, and we should be ashamed. Fear, guilt and shame are built into the attitude toward sex and the body. . . It's reflected in these prohibitions and these taboos that we have.

Over his life, Carlin put out "23 comedy albums, 14 HBO specials, three books, a few TV shows and appeared in several movies." He won four Grammy Awards and was nominated for five Emmys. Most of all, however, he influenced countless comedians who came after him. Judd Apatow notes, "Nobody was funnier than George Carlin. I spent half my childhood in my room listening to his records experiencing pure joy. And he was as kind as he was funny."


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AKirstin AKirstin 9 years
I am just really bummed out about this. :( I adored him.
caligirl101 caligirl101 9 years
I was sad that I missed in SR Cali too! I was pretty shocked and sad when I heard the news for the 1st time this morning.
K-is-For-Kait K-is-For-Kait 9 years
George will go down to comedy history. He was just the funniest guy out there. He's screaming up at us right now :)
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
Rest In Peace George Carlin :sad: . I will miss his daring, hilarious and thought-provoking brand of comedy. He shall always be remembered.
cirrus1701 cirrus1701 9 years
My husband told me this at 1am this morning. Boy, was I ever bummed!! I'm so glad I was able to see him twice at a local venue. Makes me wish I got one of the t shirts that read-- "Simon says, go f%*k yourself!" I'll miss you, George!!
raieven raieven 9 years
i'm sad :(
Nitachequita Nitachequita 9 years
I loved George Carlin. It's too bad he won't be around to accept his Mark Twain Prize at the Kennedy Center in November.
northofantastic northofantastic 9 years
I was seriously shocked when I heard the news this morning. :( Growing up I had always thought George was funny, but even more so now after seeing several of his HBO shows again from an adult perspective. Fuck (sorry) he was funny! And not afraid to say what everyone was thinking, which was very refreshing. We'll miss you George.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
The NPR interview with Terry Gross is really quite good. He said he loved the rhythm of those seven words and how they just rolled off his tongue time and time again.
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 9 years
He was freakin awesome! I watched I'm pretty sure mostly all his HBO specials.
jessielynn657 jessielynn657 9 years
Fresh Air on NPR had a great compilations of interviews today.
LesleyP825 LesleyP825 9 years
I was shocked and saddened by this news. RIP George.
luv2blazy luv2blazy 9 years
By far my favorite comedian. His hilarious words will live on forever. George, you will be missed.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
He was just near me in Santa Rosa, CA doing a comedy special for HBO. I'm really bummed I missed it :(
fsofield fsofield 9 years
This was so unexpected! Rest in peace Mr. Carlin.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
:cry: I have a bunch of his comedy albums from the 70's on vinyl. I'll have to dig them out and give them a listen tonight.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
I love George! I'm so sad he's gone!
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