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George Carlin

Famed for his landmark "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television" routine, George Carlin filled the void created by the death of Lenny Bruce, honing a provocative, scathing comic style that bravely explored the limits of free speech and good taste. George Dennis Carlin was born on May 12, 1937, in New York City. While serving a stint in the military, he was stationed in Shreveport, LA, where he began working as a disc jockey; after working with fellow radio personality Jack Burns on a Shreveport morning show, in 1955 the duo began performing in clubs as a comedy team. Burns & Carlin made their recorded debut in 1960 with a live show consisting of their rendition of Lenny Bruce's "Dijinni in the Candy Store" routine (Bruce was an early supporter of the duo as well as a major influence), along with a spot-on impersonation of Mort Sahl and the sketch "Captain Jack and Jolly George," a spoof of children's shows inviting young girls to "send for your Lolita kit."

By and large, the Burns & Carlin team found little success, and eventually broke up; their album was released on the tiny Era Records label under the name Burns & Carlin at the Playboy Club Tonight (despite having been recorded at Hollywood's Cosmo Alley), but failed to generate much attention. Meanwhile, Burns split to begin working with Avery Schreiber. Striking out on his own, Carlin initially worked in roles that cast him as a clean-cut, straight-laced performer; his proper solo debut, 1967's Take Offs and Put Ons (recorded at The Roostertail in Detroit, MI) offered clever if mild-mannered routines like "Wonderful WINO," about a mindless disc jockey. That year he was also tapped to co-star in Away We Go, a summer replacement series for The Jackie Gleason Show; still, despite his success, Carlin found his suit-and-tie image stifling, and began gravitating toward the image and ideals of the counterculture.

Re-emerging as a long-haired, bearded, denim-clad hippie, he lost many of his high-paying gigs, but his riffs on sex, drugs, and politics quickly gained an avid following among the fringe culture. While 1972's FM & AM offered an even split between the safer material of his past work and the more incendiary routines of the "new" Carlin, 1972's Class Clown and the following year's Occupation Foole marked his full evolution into a counterculture icon. Most notably, Class Clown featured the recorded debut of the "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television" bit, the subject of a Supreme Court ruling after the FCC nearly stripped Pacifica Radio of its FM license for playing the routine on the air. At the same time, Carlin himself was arrested after a Milwaukee concert appearance for violating local obscenity laws.

The controversy only made him a bigger star, and in 1975 he was tapped to host the debut episode of the NBC sketch comedy showcase Saturday Night Live. The same year also saw the release of the LP An Evening with Wally Londo Featuring Bill Slaszo, highlighted by an early performance of what soon evolved into his popular "Baseball -- Football" routine. In 1976 Carlin appeared in the film Car Wash, and in 1977 he issued On the Road. However, as a new breed of way-out comedians like Steve Martin, Robin Williams, and Andy Kaufman began to emerge, Carlin's brand of incisive sociopolitical commentary began to fall from favor; plagued by substance abuse problems, he did not record again until 1981's A Place for My Stuff, and gained a reputation for unpredictable, often abusive on-stage behavior.

By the middle of the decade, he resurfaced clean and sober for 1985's Carlin on Campus and 1986's Playin' with Your Head, which reprised material from recent cable TV and home video performances. After 1988's What Am I Doing in New Jersey?, he found a new following among teens thanks to his appearances in the popular Bill and Ted screen comedies; in the early '90s, he courted an even younger audience by assuming the lead role on the PBS children's series Shining Time Station. Still, Carlin did not neglect his core audience; 1990's Parental Advisory, Explicit Lyrics and 1992's Jammin' in New York found him as feisty as ever, and in 1994 he starred as an abrasive cabdriver in the short-lived Fox television sitcom The George Carlin Show. Additionally, he continued to tour constantly, and in 1997 issued the album Back in Town. Like many of his '90s recordings, 1999's You Are All Diseased was issued as a complement to an hourlong HBO special.

Carlin continued to perform throughout the country on an intensive basis, and issued his politically fueled Complaints and Grievances shortly after the September 11th tragedy. It was followed by 2006's Life Is Worth Losing and 2008's It's Bad for Ya. Both featured some of his bleakest material to date, the latter being driven by the subject of death. It was announced that Carlin would be the recipient of the 2008 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, to be awarded in November 2008 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Only days later, on June 22, 2008, Carlin died of heart failure in Santa Monica, CA. The Kennedy Center announced that Carlin would receive the prize posthumously and that the November event would be dedicated to him. ~ Jason Ankeny
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: It's Bad For Ya (Explicit)

1. Opening

2. Old F**k

3. Goin' Through My Address Book

4. Things We Say When People Die

5. He's Smiling Down

6. Parents In Hell

7. People Refuse To Be Realistic

8. Dead Parents Helping

9. A Couple Of Other Questions

10. Today's Professional Parents

11. The Self-Esteem Movement

12. Every Child Is Special

13. Children Are Our Future

14. Raisin' A Child Is Not Difficult

15. I Like People

16. Stupid Bullshit

17. Stupid Bullshit On The Phone

18. What A Phone Call Should Be

19. In A Coma

20. Their Kids!

21. They Want To Show You The Pictures

22. Just Enough Bullshit

23. No One Questions Things

24. Proud To Be An American

25. God Bless America

26. Takin' Off Yer Hat

27. Swearing On The Bible

28. You Have No Rights

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Track List: Life Is Worth Losing (Explicit)

1. A Modern Man

2. Three Little Words

3. The Suicide Guy

4. Extreme Human Behavior

5. The All Suicide TV Channel

6. Dumb Americans

7. Pyramid Of The Hopeless

8. Autoerotic Asphyxia

9. Posthumous Female Transplants

10. Yeast Infection

11. Coast-To-Coast Emergency

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Track List: Complaints & Grievances

1. The Opening

3. You & Me (Things That Come Off Of Your Body)

4. People Who Oughta Be Killed: Self-Help Books

5. Motivation Seminars

6. Parents Of Honor Students

7. Baby Slings

8. My Daddy

9. Telephone Mimes

10. Hands-Free Telephone Headsets

11. Answering Machines

12. Family Newsletters

13. Music On Answering Machines

14. People Who Wear Visors

15. Singers With One Name

16. Rich Guys In Hot Air Balloons

17. People Who Misuse Credit Cards

18. Guys Named Todd

19. Gun Enthusiasts

20. White Guys Who Shave Their Heads

21. Nasa-Holes

22. Why We Don't Need 10 Commandments

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Track List: You Are All Diseased (Explicit)

1. How's Everybody Doin'?

2. Airport Security

3. Fear Of Germs

4. Cigars

5. Angels

6. Harley Davidson

7. House Of Blues

8. Minority Language

9. Man Stuff

10. Kids And Parents

11. TV Tonight

12. Names

13. Advertising Lullabye

14. American Bullshit

15. Businessmen

16. Religion

17. There Is No God

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Track List: Back In Town (Explicit)

1. Abortion

2. Sanctity Of Life

3. Capital Punishment

4. State Prison Farms

5. F*rting In Public

6. Familiar Expressions

7. Free-Floating Hostility

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Track List: Jammin' In New York (Explicit)

1. Rockets And Penises In The Persian Gulf

2. Little Things We Share

3. Airline Announcements

4. Golf Courses For The Homeless

5. The Planet Is Fine

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Track List: Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics (Explicit)

1. Offensive Language

2. I Ain't Afraid Of Cancer

3. Some People Are Stupid

4. Rape Can Be Funny

5. Feminist Bl**job

6. Good Ideas

7. Things You Never See

8. Things You Never Hear

9. Things You Don't Wanna Hear

10. Life's Little Moments

11. I Love My Dog

12. Organ Donor Programs

13. Don't Pull The Plug On Me

14. They're Only Words

15. Euphemisms

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Track List: What Am I Doing In New Jersey?

1. Reagan's Gang, Church People, And American Values

2. Keeping People Alert

3. People I Can Do Without

4. More Stuff On Cars & Driving

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Track List: Playin' With Your Head

1. Hello Goodbye

2. Love And Regards

3. Groups And Charities

4. Sports

5. Five Twos

6. Losing Things

7. You're Lost

8. Missing

9. Earrings

10. Battered Plants

11. Things To Watch Out For

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Track List: Carlin On Campus (Explicit)

1. Opening Sequence

2. The Prayer

3. First Leftfielders

4. A Moment Of Silence

5. Second Leftfielders

6. Breakfast Wine And Who's Boss

7. Third Leftfielders

8. Baseball And Football

9. Fourth Leftfielders

10. Cars And Driving

11. An Incomplete List Of Impolite Words

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Track List: A Place For My Stuff! (Explicit)

1. Acknowledgements

2. Opening

3. A Place For My Stuff

4. First Announcements

5. Have A Nice Day

6. Rice Krispies

7. Second Announcements

8. Interview With Jesus

9. Join The Book Club

10. Abortion

11. Third Announcements

12. Ice Box Man

13. Fourth Announcements

14. A**hole, Jackoff, Scumbag

15. Fifth Announcements

16. "Fussy Eater" (Part 1)

17. Sixth Announcements

18. "Fussy Eater" (Part 2)

19. Seventh Announcements

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Track List: Killer Carlin

1. Mother's Club

2. Killer Carlin

3. Capt. Jack & Jolly George

4. War Pictures

5. The Cool World

6. Person To Person

7. The Sickest

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Track List: On The Road (Explicit)

1. On The Road

2. Death And Dying

3. Headlines

4. Kids Are Too Small

5. Rules, Rules, Rules!

6. Parents' Cliches And Children's Secret Answers

7. Words We Leave Behind

8. How's Your Dog?

9. Supermarkets

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Track List: An Evening With Wally Londo

1. New News

2. Teenage Masturbation

3. Mental Hot Foots

4. High On The Plane

5. Bodily Functions

6. Wurds

7. For Names' Sake

8. Baseball-Football

9. Good Sports

10. Flesh Colored Band-Aids

11. Religious Lift

12. Radio Dial

13. Y'ever

14. Unrelated Things

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Track List: Toledo Windowbox

1. Goofy S**t

2. Toledo Window Box

3. Nursery Rhymes

4. Some Werds

5. Water Sez

6. The Metric System

7. God

8. Gay Lib

9. Snot, The Original Rubber Cement

10. Urinals Are 50 Percent Universal

11. A Few More F*rts

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Track List: Occupation: Foole (Explicit)

1. Welcome To My Job

2. Occupation: Foole

3. White Harlem

4. The Hallway Groups

5. Black Consciousness

6. New York Voices

7. Grass Swept The Neighborhood

8. Childhood Cliches

9. Cute Little F*rts

10. Raisin Rhetoric

11. Filthy Words

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Track List: Class Clown (Explicit)

1. Class Clown

2. Wasted Time / Sharing A Swallow

3. Values (How Much Is That Dog Crap In The Window?)

4. I Used To Be Irish Catholic

5. The Confessional

6. Special Dispensation / Heaven, Hell, Purgatory And Limbo

7. Heavy Mysteries

8. Muhammad Ali / America The Beautiful

9. Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television

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Track List: Fm & Am (Explicit)

1. Shoot

2. The Hair Piece

3. Sex In Commercials

4. Drugs

5. Birth Control

6. Son Of Wino

7. Divorce Game

8. Ed Sullivan Self Taught

9. Let's Make A Deal

10. The 11 O'clock News

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Best sketch ever! Thanks Mr Carlin!
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This guy was funny and spoke the truth on how these deity/ people/ religion misuse humans and take money. Super funny. Thanks.
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Better then, Laugh In.
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Good Night George. Hope you found what you were looking for.
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He called that church thing...
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i never saw him live,but he's always been my favorite comedian,i have all of his stuff on dvd,17 dvd's
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Lmfao
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mr.chips8
I drove him in NYC limousine company, he was cool. Tipped too .
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The best of all feces the others
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Yessssss
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Oh man, I wore the grooves out playing FM/AM & Class Clown when I was a kid. Saw him live when he was in his prime. Too bad he grew into a bitter old man. Miss him big time.
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George Carlin is a comedic Legend and Icon. A very funny man I enjoy his comedy. He wasn't afraid to cross the line on politics he made fun of everything and everyone.
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I liked in the 70's, after that just an angry old man b**ching about everything! Except the paychecks!
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myknkellyc07
Best thing ever
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You so funny
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Classic Carlin bit love it!!!!
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*drops mic, walks off stage*
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GEORGE CARLIN FOR PRESIDENT 2016.... YOU IN SPIRIT CAN DO BETTER THAN WHAT THERE IS. MISS YOU...RIP
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RIP George Carlin... you will always remain a critical thinking influence on our American Culture.
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Luke you sound like every other self righteous religious douche. That thinks about there own important self interests. I assume you see through an ignorant view point. Maybe you should smoke pot and calm the f&@k down.
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hvega1981
Hey Luke if don't like it then leave ya schmuck.
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Ps, he doesn't believe in God,( and preaches against God) but he frequently takes His name in vain.
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rprtv91
This is my idle RIP Mr Carlin
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Lol at rhopwood68 you're obviously a fan you worthless f**king retard.
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AWESOME
Hopefully I will get ALL those Lost socks!!!
LMAO
OH my gosh!!!!

Love George Carlin!!
RIP...
You will Never be forgotten
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Benjpaulo puli168 I believe there is carlin's successor waiting in the wings
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Awesome commentary.. . f u r t h e r explaination pending later...Plea s e don't worship the Sun
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mvs333
Love This!!
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Dr derp was reciting one of Carlin's bits. Its his cheer when he's at a sporting event. "Rat sh*t ,bat sh*t dirty old twat 69 assh0les ties in a knot..hoora! ! Lizard sh*t. FU*K!
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Love this old f**k
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rhopwood68
Don't hate dr.derp. Ur just mad because u have no sense of humor.
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Knot*
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Rat s**t, bat s**t, dirty old twat, 69 anuses tied in a know
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Carlin. Kinison. Pryor. 3 comedians too often imitated but will NEVER be teplaced. RIP to all. You are sorely missed. There are very few true comedians anymore. Bill Burr is on the same track but nowhere near the same level hut as close as you will get.
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Greatest comedian of all time love n miss ur opinion george brutally hilarious!
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Just funny as hell I say;-)
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He was quite THE literal comedian,
Sad that he's gone...
Thanks for the laughter

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(Continued from the comment below) the things he spoke about. I will also bet that you are a c**ks**king motherf**ker because only a c**ks**king motherf**ker would jump on a comment board to try and smack talk a man instead of simply hitting that skip button. You obviously want to attention seek, so here's the attention. I'd spoonfeed it to you but you would first have to take the dick out of your mouth to eat all the flack we're throwing at you.
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@Allen Fawcett You are hands down the most narrow minded, soft nerved, stupid piece of s**t on the face of this green and blue marble. As Georgie says, it only took me eight seconds to find out that you are all three of these, you're f**king stupid, full of s**t, and you have got to be f**king nuts to have wasted your time to post trolling comments about a great man who enriched American lives with his realistic view on stupid things. It is people like YOU that make the things #GeorgeCarli n say
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He was one of the best. On point
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just the best!!!
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When you die you s**t your pants that's what he meant
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so sad he died....i hope he got the chance to s**t in his pants before he died, just like he wanted
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Sit in the yard with a stick....
Lol I still do that
And I'm 15
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Cobaininsane 2 7 - Umm....he's kinda dead
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Ah funny, miss you old man
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God doesn't exist
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Why does George Carlin come on Janet Jackson radio
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