Post by crazycstudios on Jun 23, 2008 2:18:19 GMT -5
Comedian George Carlin died from heart failure on June 22 at 5:55pm PDT. He was 71 years old.
It's really thrown off my night, reading about him dying. I've spent over half my life listening to him, since I was 10. As such, obviously, he was a large influence on my intellectual development. So yea, I'm more than mildly upset right now.
While I never got the chance to meet him personally, I am extremely glad I got the opportunity to watch him perform live a couple times. One time, I was third-row center! That was a great night for me.
Goodbye George, and thank you. You will be missed.
Post by crazycstudios on Jun 23, 2008 17:49:09 GMT -5
I figured some of the younger people here might be unfamiliar with the man by name. I thought I'd post about it here anyways.
George Carlin is pretty much responsible for the FCC's enforcement of limiting what you can say on radio and television. In 1978, George Carlin did his most famous bit, "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television". This bit being played on the radio landed him in court and the Supreme Court decided in the FCC's favor that it violated obscenity laws. The list (which grew over time) was "piss, nuts, f**k, thingy, thingysucker, mother f**ker, and tits." (The forum has opted to censor the list, unsurprisingly.)
He was in show business for over 50 years, mainly performing stand-up and winning Grammys for some of the albums. He had a short-lived series on FOX. He was the first host of SNL. He's popped up in various movies (Bill and Ted as Rufus, Dogma as the Catholic Cardinal, and Ben Affleck's father in Jersey Girl). He was even Mr. Conductor on Thomas the Tank Engine for a while (when I learned this, years after memorizing the 7-words bit, I was shocked they would hire him for that job). He also did many many interviews over the years. A quick YouTube search of him will yield many videos.