So true what you said. Carlin was to me one of the greatest comedians I have ever seen and the fact that he made me laugh and think at the same time is an amazing feat. All of his stand up comedy shows are pure brilliance and the topics and themes it touched were awe inspiring. As PuyoDead said, he was a modern day philosopher, and he will be deeply missed.
Yeah he was a great guy. His level of comedy is something most comedians could only dream of getting close to. One of the great things about him is he had an unbelievable talent for reciting his material for minutes on end flawlessly. It was almost poetic how he did it. He will be greatly missed.
LOS ANGELES - Comedian George Carlin, a counter-culture hero famed for his routines about drugs and dirty words, died of heart failure at a Los Angeles-area hospital on Sunday, a spokesman said. He was 71.
Carlin, who had a history of heart and drug-dependency problems, died at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica about 6 p.m. PDT after being admitted earlier in the afternoon for chest pains, spokesman Jeff Abraham told Reuters.
Known for his edgy, provocative material, Carlin achieved status as an anti-Establishment icon in the 1970s with stand-up bits full of drug references and a routine called “Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television.” A regulatory battle over a radio broadcast of the routine ultimately reached the U.S. Supreme Court.
In the 1978 case, Federal Communications Commission vs. Pacifica Foundation, the top U.S. court ruled that the words cited in Carlin’s routine were indecent, and that the government’s broadcast regulator could ban them from being aired at times when children might be listening.
Carlin’s comedic sensibility often came back to a central theme: humanity is doomed.
“I don’t have any beliefs or allegiances. I don’t believe in this country, I don’t believe in religion, or a god, and I don’t believe in all these man-made institutional ideas,” he told Reuters in a 2001 interview.
Carlin, who wrote several books and performed in many television comedy specials, is survived by his wife Sally Wade, and daughter Kelly Carlin McCall.
I just caught this news through a random news mention through yahoo mail. Saw his pic as i was closing the window and though "OH! Is he going to be around here soon?" and reopened the window to check about where he'd be.
That was a very sad way to start a Monday at work. :-\
Rest in peace, Mr. Carlin. You and your work shall always be remembered.
When Will Jesus Bring The Porkchops? is easily the funniest book I own. This man was a true genius. It takes something special to make a person laugh who was born 20 years after your joke was recorded.