Monday, June 23, 2008

R.I.P. GEORGE CARLIN (1937 - 2008)

Groundbreaking comedian George Carlin died of heart failure yesterday at the age of 71.

Simply put, the guy was a comic genius. He was best known for his routine about the "Seven Dirty Words" that the FCC would not allow to be said on network TV and since this is a blog, I'll go ahead and say them: shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker, and tits.

Here's his classic routine "Baseball vs. Football" from a 1990 HBO comedy special.

I grew up watching these HBO specials, and between those and his classic comedy albums of the 70s (see the "Classic Gold" compilation), the 80s (this "Carlin on Campus" MP3 is the best $0.99 you will ever spend) and through to the early 90s ("Jamming In New York" in 1992) he was the funniest comedian to peak during my lifetime. He got very bitter near the end, but don't we all? (And at least he stayed true to himself and didn't turn into an insufferable buffoon like Eddie Murphy or Robin Williams.)

George Carlin on Amazon MP3

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