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Comedian George Carlin Dies in Los Angeles at 71
« on: June 23, 2008, 07:49:19 AM »
George Carlin, 71, the much-honored American stand-up comedian whose long career was distinguished by pointed social commentary that placed him on the cultural cutting edge, died last night in Santa Monica, Calif.

His death was reported by the Reuters news agency and on the Los Angeles Times Web site. He had long struggled with health problems and a heart condition dating to the 1970s.

Carlin was selected last week by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to receive this year's Mark Twain Prize, a lifetime achievement award presented to an outstanding comedian.

Over a career of half a century, Carlin placed himself in the forefront of comic commentators on the American scene. He was particularly known for an album that referred to what he described as the seven words that could not be used on television.

The playing of the album on a radio station led to a case that went to the Supreme Court, and the material was judged indecent but not obscene. The legal controversy brought about the enunciation of a rule permitting a ban on certain material when children are most likely to be in the audience.

The case was one of the highlights of a career that included TV and radio performances, including HBO specials and many comic albums.

The New York-born performer, who also was an Air Force veteran, once summed up his approach:

"I think it is the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately."

Carlin's entertainment career began in 1956 at a radio station in Shreveport, La. while he was in the service.

In the early 1960s, he began his one-man act, and his live appearances and the albums he recorded proved highly popular.

His wife Brenda, predeceased him. They had a daughter, Kelly. A second wife survives him.

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Re: Comedian George Carlin Dies in Los Angeles at 71
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2008, 10:27:46 AM »
Wow, totally sad.  I saw him in Bellingham a few years ago, by far the best act I've ever seen in person.  His 7 words are classic.

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Re: Comedian George Carlin Dies in Los Angeles at 71
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2008, 11:07:49 AM »
I think Mark Twain would have been a big fan of Carlin. I know I am.

His humor was largely based on the many wacky contradictions that exist in society that most people never question.

Similar to Seinfeld, but less trite.
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Re: Comedian George Carlin Dies in Los Angeles at 71
« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2008, 12:59:30 PM »
Very sorry he's gone, but so grateful for 40+ years of great comedy.

Like this:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMd5qaRlJ20[/youtube]
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Re: Comedian George Carlin Dies in Los Angeles at 71
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2008, 01:03:40 PM »
1st Tim...now George.  Who's gonna be #3 in this series?  He'll be missed        :(
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Re: Comedian George Carlin Dies in Los Angeles at 71
« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2008, 02:02:32 PM »
a great loss
I remember dogma he played a priest and I got the feeling of blasphemy
and judging from the audience I`m not alone.
now that`s funny.
he will most definately be missed


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Re: Comedian George Carlin Dies in Los Angeles at 71
« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2008, 02:10:43 PM »
Seems like a lot of greats have left us recently.

Cyd Charisse died last week.



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Re: Comedian George Carlin Dies in Los Angeles at 71
« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2008, 02:46:28 PM »
That's right       :(
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Re: Comedian George Carlin Dies in Los Angeles at 71
« Reply #10 on: June 24, 2008, 01:23:49 AM »
I think Mark Twain would have been a big fan of Carlin. I know I am.

His humor was largely based on the many wacky contradictions that exist in society that most people never question.

Similar to Seinfeld, but less trite.

Spot on!