R.I.P. George Carlin - 1937-2008 - (My favorite comedian!)

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Bella, Jun 23, 2008.

  1. Bella

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    Oct 18, 2006
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    It's all sad in the world of comedy, as George Carlin has passed away!
    I've always considered George Carlin a brilliant man,
    and always outspoken.
    His jokes would always make you think.
    George Carlin was my absolute FAVORITE comedian,
    the world will not be the same with George Carlin gone.....

    A few years ago George was kind enough to autograph a photo for myself
    & my other half, so I thought it would be a fitting to share it.

    Notice he signed it on his forehead!!
    You will be dearly missed George!! :cry~Bella
    The rest of this is copied, but I thought it was a good!


    George Carlin loved words—the good, the "bad," the "filthy.
    The iconic standup comic, whose routine about the seven words
    "you can't say on television" was heard from college campuses to
    the Supreme Court, died today of heart failure at a Santa Monica
    Calif., hospital, his publicist announced. He was 71.

    Carlin, who suffered his first heart attack at age 41, was admitted to
    St. John's Hospital earlier today after complaining of heart trouble,
    the statement said. He died at 5:55 p.m.

    Much more than a "footnote in legal history," as Carlin often referred to
    himself for his role in the seven "filthy" words case, the comic was the
    first-ever host of Saturday Night Live, a four-time Grammy winner,
    and a touchstone for generations of writers and performers.

    Carlin was due to receive the 11th Mark Twain Prize for American Humor
    in November. The honor was announced just last week, around the time
    of his final performances, at the Orleans in Las Vegas. According to his
    Website, he had dozens of shows booked through the end of the year.

    If there was one thing Carlin wasn't, it was the retiring type.

    "Yes, I've accomplished all the things I've wanted to and way more,
    I couldn't have really predicted some of the paths," Carlin told Salon
    in February. "But I know that there's a restlessness, you know, artists
    are never finished.

    Born May 12, 1937, in New York, Carlin celebrated his 50th year in
    show business last year.

    "I loved to watch Danny Kaye in the movies," he told Variety for a piece
    marking the anniversary. "I thought I'd be an actor. I'd start by being a
    deejay, then a comedian, then I'd get into the movies.

    Aside from failing to become a noted song-and-dance performer,
    a la Kaye, Carlin pretty much kept to the plan.

    He worked in radio, segued to nightclubs—at first, with partner
    Jack Burns—made it to TV, and, eventually, found work as an actor.

    For a figure who would become revered by the counterculture, Carlin's
    early TV and film work was, in a word, square. He guest starred on
    That Girl. He had a part in a Doris Day family comedy,
    With Six You Get Eggroll. Of his work in the latter, Carlin wrote on
    his Website, "Acting sucks a little less, but only a little.

    Comedy clubs and comedy albums were where Carlin, who saw himself
    as a writer above all, flourished. A clean-cut solo act starting in 1962,
    by the end of the turbulent decade, he was getting fired in Las Vegas
    for uttering the word "ass" on stage. By 1970, he was bearded, and ready
    to take off--his look, conventional wisdom-questioning routines and
    unflinching devotion to all words, no matter how many letters, a perfect
    match for the times. By 1972, he was playing Carnegie Hall, and getting
    busted for "disturbing the peace" with his mouth at a concert in Milwaukee.
    In 1973, he won his first Grammy, for his album, FM and AM.

    It was a cut off another album, Occupation Foole, however, that
    gave Carlin his most noteworthy achievement.

    A listener hearing New York's WBAI-FM play Carlin's "Filthy Words" routine
    on Oct. 30, 1973, in its unaltered entirety lodged a complaint with the
    Federal Communications Commission. The FCC, in turn, threatened to pull
    WBAI's license. WBAI appealed the FCC's bark all the way to the
    Supreme Court, where in 1978, the justices ruled in favor of the FCC,
    agreeing that the seven words "you can't say on television," shouldn't
    be said on the radio, either—not during hours that children might hear
    them. The battle lines for future Howard Stern wars had been drawn.

    "It's a perverse badge of honor to be the only comedian whose routines
    were the subject of a case in the United States Supreme Court,"
    Carlin told the A.V. Club in 2005.

    Officially indecent, though not obscene, Carlin loomed larger than ever.
    His appearance on the first SNL in 1975—he performed standup only,
    and didn't participate in the sketches—served as the show's stamp
    of underground approval.

    Through a 1970s cocaine habit, and a second heart attack in the 1980s,
    Carlin kept working, in showrooms, on late-night TV shows, and in HBO
    specials, the final and 14th of which, George Carlin…It's Bad for Ya!,
    aired this year.

    In the 1990s and 2000s, Carlin returned to Hollywood as a revered elder
    statesman—a revered elder statesman with an always-young mind. He
    appeared in the Bill & Ted movies, earned two Daytime Emmy nominations
    for the children's show, Shining Time Station, and starred in a short-lived
    sitcom, The George Carlin Show. He found a kindred spirit in Kevin Smith,
    and vice versa, and appeared in three of the filmmaker's dialogue-driven
    comedies: Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and Jersey Girl.

    In 2006, he was deigned suitably family friendly enough for
    Disney/Pixar's Cars, and asked to voice the Volkswagen burnout, Fillmore.

    Offstage, Carlin's life, drug escapades excepted, was, in a word, square.
    He was married to his first wife, Brenda, from 1961 until her death in 1997.
    He was married to his second wife, Sally Wade, until his death.

    His commitment to words was more than square, it was whole.
    To Salon some months ago, he talked about a comic novel, and a
    nonfiction book of reminisces he hoped to write.

    "If I get the shot to do that, that'd be great. You've always got to
    have something next," Carlin said. "You've always got to have something
    out there that's worth going for."
  2. BassDude

    BassDude New Member

    May 18, 2007
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    North Carolina
    Wow. RIP, George.
  3. HardRocker

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    Sep 24, 2006
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    Thanks for posting that, Bella.

    The weather tonight will be mostly dark. It is expected to remain dark until about 6:00 tomorrow morning...
  4. Puss_in_boots

    Puss_in_boots Adminatrix
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    Apr 19, 2006
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    Well, shit.

    Shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker, tits...to be exact.

    R.I.P George Carlin.
  5. cook74

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    Jul 21, 2007
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    Sydney, Australia
  6. vampire raver

    vampire raver New Member

    May 24, 2007
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    I loved the man, yet another fine comedian dies

    but atleast we still have Dane Cook, roll eye

    oh well
  7. igor

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    Jan 13, 2006
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    Chicago area
    See: www.erenkrantz.com/Humor/SevenDirtyWords.shtml

    I kind of sat on the fence as to how well I liked him. He had some funny ideas for sure but I have a problem when profanity and vulgarity are used when it doesn't contribute a thing to the topic or the humor and is just there for the shock value - and that he did.

    I'll still take Bob Newhart or Johnathon Winters any day.
  8. Bella

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    Oct 18, 2006
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    Thanks to everyone that left comments! :cheer
    Hugz to you all!!
  9. sex-adi

    sex-adi New Member

    Jun 4, 2008
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    wooow that totaly sucks i was putting money away to go see this guy next year geez ... that pisses me off ...

    R.I.P M.Carling

    he was greate