GEORGE CARLIN

June 24, 2008

Not RCT related but couldn’t let this pass without a little tribute:

RIP

George Denis Patrick Carlin (born May 12, 1937) is a Grammy-winning American stand-up comedian, actor, and author.

Carlin is especially noted for his political and black humor and his observations on language, psychology, and religion along with many 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 right to regulate Carlin’s act on the public airwaves. This resulted in the comedian being thrown into prison.

George Carlin’s most recent stand up routines are primarily focused on attacking the flaws in modern-day America. He often takes on contemporary political issues in the United States and satirizes the excesses of American culture. His use of the language falls nothing short of true genius and his finger has always been more on the pulse than comedians half his age.

Just type in  -Seven Words you can’t say on television –  into you tube and you’ll get to see the legendary seven words routine.

He is considered by many to be a successor to the late Lenny Bruce and was described by Comedy Central as the second greatest stand-up comedian of all time behind Richard Pryor, and right before Lenny Bruce. He was also the first person to host Saturday Night Live.

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He will be missed …a comedian equal to the late great Bill Hicks.

A funny man died today – a truly funny man and one that wasn’t afraid to push the boundaries in his comedy which is something many comedians could learn from. In fact I’ve been learning the seven words routine to put it into my own act (why not? – singers do cover versions so why not comedians!!!) and it’s difficult to carry off and demands the performer perfects a certain rhythm or it sounds ridiculous. Carling was a true genius.

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