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whynotsmile99
06-22-2008, 10:07 PM
Farewell George. You really, truly will be missed.


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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - 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.
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Carlin, who had a history of heart problems, died at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica about 6 p.m. PDT (9 p.m. EDT) 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 about seven dirty words you could not say on television. A regulatory battle over a radio broadcast of his "Filthy Words" routine ultimately reached the U.S. Supreme Court

TomAz
06-22-2008, 10:09 PM
oh man. no way.

Hannahrain
06-22-2008, 10:10 PM
Oh crap. I wish I was surprised. He's looked terrible lately.

BROKENDOLL
06-22-2008, 10:11 PM
Wow, this isn't a joke, is it?

matildawong
06-22-2008, 10:11 PM
What??? No!!! Gosh I had to go look it up because I was hoping you were kidding or something (?) ... Oh man. RIP George.

anti-square
06-22-2008, 10:14 PM
Damn. RIP

full on idle
06-22-2008, 10:16 PM
Really brilliant comic, sad day.

"Where are we going? And what's with this hand basket?"

Blinken
06-22-2008, 10:18 PM
Wow that fucking sucks. RIP George.

Newro7ic
06-22-2008, 10:18 PM
I just saw him perform a couple months ago... unreal.

BROKENDOLL
06-22-2008, 10:20 PM
Kennedy Center to award George Carlin its Mark Twain humor prize
AP
Posted: 2008-06-17 20:48:09
WASHINGTON (AP) - George Carlin will be awarded the 11th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced Tuesday that Carlin will be honored for his 50-year career as a Grammy-winning standup comedian, writer and actor. The center will salute Carlin at a tribute performance by former colleagues November 10th, which will be broadcast later on PBS.

Kennedy Center Chairman Stephen Schwarzman says Carlin makes people laugh but also makes them think.

Carlin, 71, has released 22 solo albums and three best-selling books. He starred in a variety of TV and movie roles and is famous for his "Seven Words You Can Never Say On TV" routine.

Last year the Kennedy Center honored Billy Crystal with the Mark Twain prize. Other past recipients include Whoopi Goldberg, Neil Simon and Steve Martin.


He also brough many tears to my eyes at times from laughing...RIP Mr. Carlin

whynotsmile99
06-22-2008, 10:20 PM
I just saw him perform a couple months ago... unreal.

never got the chance to, I'm sad to say. Would have loved to, but it never worked out. I have his best of tapes, a few of his books. Fucking genius man no doubt

allyjoy
06-22-2008, 10:22 PM
so sad

Hopeless Semantic
06-22-2008, 10:22 PM
Missed out on Carlin...it's a shame.

BROKENDOLL
06-22-2008, 10:23 PM
"Shit, Piss, Fuck, Cunt, CockSucker, MotherFucker, and Tits"

TomAz
06-22-2008, 10:27 PM
that Reuters article sucks. it sounds like it was written by some 60 year old AARP writer who hadn't listened to a Carlin record since 1971.

The real genius of Carlin is that he remained funny throughout his life. His schtick evolved, his themes changed, even his entire viewpoint changed.. but he never stopped being funny. He could cut through bullshit in the 00s just as well as he could cut through bullshit in the 60s. Even when he was way out there and saying stuff I didn't agree with, i could still laugh hard.

Hopeless Semantic
06-22-2008, 10:28 PM
Why couldn't the powers that be take someone that's not funny like...oh, Dane Cook?

RotationSlimWang
06-22-2008, 10:30 PM
Oh thank god, I've been waiting for this annoying old fuck to die for years now. He hasn't had a good joke since the sixties. Stop fawning over him, faggots. Listening to him talk about comedy in The Aristocrats was one of the most intolerable pieces of bullshit pseudo-intellectual completely humorless interpretations of comedy I've ever heard. Fuck you, George. Hope it hurt.

matildawong
06-22-2008, 10:32 PM
Snort! Heh heh, Hopeless Semantic!

Blinken
06-22-2008, 10:33 PM
Fuck off Randy, you are incredibly fucking wrong about this. Tom is right he was just as funny at the end as he was in the 60's.

corbo
06-22-2008, 10:34 PM
this guy was f'in hilarious.
RIP george.

BROKENDOLL
06-22-2008, 10:37 PM
Randy, keep your shit stained oppinion to yourself, asshole. Geez...

BROKENDOLL
06-22-2008, 10:40 PM
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t160/Leeza_Rae/carlinisms.jpg

Yablonowitz
06-22-2008, 10:42 PM
Oh thank god, I've been waiting for this annoying old fuck to die for years now. He hasn't had a good joke since the sixties. Stop fawning over him, faggots. Listening to him talk about comedy in The Aristocrats was one of the most intolerable pieces of bullshit pseudo-intellectual completely humorless interpretations of comedy I've ever heard. Fuck you, George. Hope it hurt.

That's interesting considering how you seem to desperately immolate his brand of humor...and, of course, fail miserably. I think you must have felt threatened by his actual ability to be effective at breaking social mores and still have some class.

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roberto73
06-22-2008, 10:43 PM
Oh thank god, I've been waiting for this annoying old fuck to die for years now. He hasn't had a good joke since the sixties. Stop fawning over him, faggots. Listening to him talk about comedy in The Aristocrats was one of the most intolerable pieces of bullshit pseudo-intellectual completely humorless interpretations of comedy I've ever heard. Fuck you, George. Hope it hurt.

Randy's being argumentative and contrarian? How shocking. Your one trick has officially grown old, pony.

Hannahrain
06-22-2008, 10:44 PM
Guys, if you respond and argue it makes the thread about Randy. Just gloss over it. Keep reading.

betao
06-22-2008, 10:46 PM
gotta go with the majority on this one. RIP George, your jokes will live on!


Why couldn't the powers that be take someone that's not funny like...oh, Dane Cook?

SRSLY.

Hannahrain
06-22-2008, 10:47 PM
If Dane Cook dies tomorrow, you guys are going to feel like shit.

Mr.Nipples
06-22-2008, 10:52 PM
"There's a moment coming...it's not here yet...it's still in the future...it's on its way...it's almost here...here it comes...shit...it's gone"

betao
06-22-2008, 10:52 PM
If Dane Cook dies tomorrow, you guys are going to feel like shit.


I'd probably laugh a little though, because of the irony.

Also it depends on the death.

BROKENDOLL
06-22-2008, 10:59 PM
"There's a moment coming...it's not here yet...it's still in the future...it's on its way...it's almost here...here it comes...shit...it's gone" One of my favorites. Now I don't know whether to laugh or cry.

zenidogx
06-22-2008, 10:59 PM
If Dane Cook dies tomorrow, you guys are going to feel like shit.

if he's the only victim of my wishes, then no.


George Carlin was the BEST. he could do raunchy and go political without being simple and plain. no one did it better.

i never thought he would die. i missed him earlier this year and thought, i'll see him next time. sad to hear there will be no next time.

Hopeless Semantic
06-22-2008, 11:12 PM
If Dane Cook dies tomorrow, you guys are going to feel like shit.

I will for a minute then start secretly wishing Carlos Mencia would be next...

gmoneyak
06-22-2008, 11:14 PM
Fuck, I just saw this posted 10 seconds ago. I was planning on seeing Carlin for the first time come November, what a stunning death.

R.I.P.

BROKENDOLL
06-22-2008, 11:32 PM
Fuck, I just saw this posted 10 seconds ago. I was planning on seeing Carlin for the first time come November, what a stunning death.

R.I.P. At the Kennedy Center?

BROKENDOLL
06-22-2008, 11:39 PM
Legendary Comedian George Carlin Dies, 71
AP
Posted: 2008-06-23 02:31:15
Filed Under: TV News
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (June 23) - George Carlin, the dean of counterculture comedians whose biting insights on life and language were immortalized in his "Seven Words You Can Never Say On TV" routine, died of heart failure Sunday. He was 71.

Carlin went into a Santa Monica hospital Sunday afternoon complaining of chest pain and died later that evening, said his publicist, Jeff Abraham.

Carlin, who had a history of heart trouble, performed as recently as last weekend at the Orleans Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas. It was announced Tuesday that Carlin was being awarded the 11th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

Carlin constantly pushed the envelop with his jokes, particularly with the "Seven Words" a routine called "The Seven Words You Can Never Say On TV."

When Carlin uttered all seven at a show in Milwaukee in 1972, he was arrested for disturbing the peace. And when they were played on a New York radio station, they resulted in a Supreme Court ruling in 1978 upholding the government's authority to sanction stations for broadcasting offensive language.

"So my name is a footnote in American legal history, which I'm perversely kind of proud of," he told The Associated Press earlier this year.

He produced 23 comedy albums, 14 HBO specials, three books, a couple of TV shows and appeared in several movies. Carlin hosted the first broadcast of "Saturday Night Live" and noted on his Web site that he was "loaded on cocaine all week long."

When asked about the fallout from the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show that ended with Janet Jackson's breast-baring "wardrobe malfunction," Carlin told the AP, "What are we, surprised?"

"There's an idea that the human body is somehow evil and bad and there are parts of it that are especially evil and bad, and we should be ashamed. Fear, guilt and shame are built into the attitude toward sex and the body," he said. "It's reflected in these prohibitions and these taboos that we have."

Carlin was born May 12, 1937 and grew up in the Morningside Heights section of Manhattan, raised by a single mother. After dropping out of high school in the ninth grade, he joined the Air Force in 1954. He received three court-martials and numerous disciplinary punishments, according to his official Web site.

While in the Air Force he started working as an off-base disc jockey at a radio station in Shreveport, La., and after receiving a general discharge in 1957, took an announcing job at WEZE in Boston.

"Fired after three months for driving mobile news van to New York to buy pot," his Web site says.

From there he went on to a job on the night shift as a deejay at a radio station in Forth Worth, Texas. Carlin also worked variety of temporary jobs including a carnival organist and a marketing director for a peanut brittle.

In 1960, he left with a Texas radio buddy, Jack Burns, for Hollywood to pursue a nightclub career as comedy team Burns & Carlin. He left with $300, but his first break came just months later when the duo appeared on the Tonight Show with Jack Paar. r Carlin said he hoped to would emulate his childhood hero, Danny Kaye, the kindly, rubber-faced comedian who ruled over the decade that Carlin grew up in - the 1950s - with a clever but gentle humor reflective of its times.

Only problem was, it didn't work for him.

"I was doing superficial comedy entertaining people who didn't really care: Businessmen, people in nightclubs, conservative people. And I had been doing that for the better part of 10 years when it finally dawned on me that I was in the wrong place doing the wrong things for the wrong people," Carlin reflected recently as he prepared for his 14th HBO special, "It's Bad For Ya."


Sorry about bombarding the thread with reports, etc. I can just say that alot of controversial shit was much easier to deal with when he explained it, and I'm really bummed about the loss. RIP

RotationSlimWang
06-22-2008, 11:40 PM
Randy's being argumentative and contrarian? How shocking. Your one trick has officially grown old, pony.

Kinda like forty years of gruff, long-haired bitching about marketing and religion. Except I don't subject the world to another stand-up special doing the same fucking bit over and over every year dressed all in black like some kind of beatnik preacher.

Boourns
06-22-2008, 11:46 PM
never got the chance to, I'm sad to say. Would have loved to, but it never worked out. I have his best of tapes, a few of his books. Fucking genius man no doubt

Yeah, he's been on my list to see. Never have.

My God, this is a real shocker.

schoolofruckus
06-22-2008, 11:48 PM
I'd probably laugh a little though, because of the irony.

Also it depends on the death.

Yeah, I have to say - if Dane Cook dies tomorrow from getting hit in the face by a tire, I'm going to stand up and applaud.

Carlin was a master. The Aristocrats was an abortion in every way, but he was one of the greatest comedians who ever lived.

*pours one out*

PassiveTheory
06-22-2008, 11:48 PM
Aw, goddamnit. I wanted to see him... Fuck.

RIP.

Boourns
06-22-2008, 11:50 PM
I'd stand up and applaud if Dane Cook or Carlos Mencia died.

boarderwoozel3
06-23-2008, 12:20 AM
Horrible. RIP.

Sushov23
06-23-2008, 12:59 AM
wasn't someone on here going to see him live?

Backwater
06-23-2008, 01:08 AM
This is so sad. I thought he was the best comedian alive. Now I guess it's either Chris Rock or Jerry Seinfeld. RIP George

Sushov23
06-23-2008, 01:09 AM
Seinfeld is overrated.

paulb
06-23-2008, 02:08 AM
1st Beck, now George Carlin..... wow, this is extremely sad... He is probably in a better place, with the man who lives in the clouds...

George was definitely the best comedian of all time... there was no one better than him.... this truely sucks... I feel very fortunate to have seen him once live though....

M Sparks
06-23-2008, 05:25 AM
I'm officially bummed. Luckily, I got to see him work out one of his HBO specials 7 or 8 years back.

It's almost better just to watch him on TV. He's not really a comedian, he's a one-man-playwright, and the specials are what comes out of months of tweaking the script. Every pause, every facial expression, it's all planned out.

Now we don't have the choice. RIP.

M Sparks
06-23-2008, 05:32 AM
1st Beck, now George Carlin..... wow, this is extremely sad... He is probably in a better place, with the man who lives in the clouds...



...And for those of you who look to The Bible for moral lessons and literary qualities, I might suggest a couple of other stories for you. You might want to look at the Three Little Pigs, that's a good one. Has a nice happy ending, I'm sure you'll like that. Then there's Little Red Riding Hood, although it does have that X-rated part where the Big Bad Wolf actually eats the grandmother. Which I didn't care for, by the way. And finally, I've always drawn a great deal of moral comfort from Humpty Dumpty. The part I like the best? "All the king's horses and all the king's men couldn't put Humpty Dumpty back together again." That's because there is no Humpty Dumpty, and there is no God. None, not one, no God, never was.

...

Tylerdurden31
06-23-2008, 06:53 AM
i think this is the first I can't believe he's dead moments I've ever had.

Except for that Ian MacKaye rumor months ago. But he wasn't dead, so that worked out.

C DUB YA
06-23-2008, 06:54 AM
Sad news.

I really loved his early material then the stuff he did for HBO in the 70-80's was always very good.

His last 2 tours were not very good. His health just wasn't there and he did more complaining and yelling and less story/joke telling.

He will be missed though.

downingthief
06-23-2008, 07:46 AM
Damn...didn't hear about this. Very sad news. I actually have a Carlin daily calendar, too. RIP.

Hannahrain
06-23-2008, 08:06 AM
The Aristocrats was an abortion in every way, but he was one of the greatest comedians who ever lived.

So uh, are you saying that, while you personally wouldn't choose to watch The Aristocrats, everyone does have the right to decide for themselves whether or not they want to watch if if that decision should present itself? Or are you saying that you feel it's wrong, so nobody anywhere should be able to watch it because it conflicts with your personal beliefs?

marooko
06-23-2008, 08:11 AM
thats crappy.

menikmati
06-23-2008, 08:17 AM
Seinfeld is overrated.

Wrong.

schoolofruckus
06-23-2008, 08:47 AM
So uh, are you saying that, while you personally wouldn't choose to watch The Aristocrats, everyone does have the right to decide for themselves whether or not they want to watch if if that decision should present itself? Or are you saying that you feel it's wrong, so nobody anywhere should be able to watch it because it conflicts with your personal beliefs?

I'm saying that The Aristocrats stuck a coathanger into the uterus of comedy and removed its ability to multiply.

If you choose to process that information and go watch it anyway, then it is neither my right nor the government's to stop you.

Hopeless Semantic
06-23-2008, 08:51 AM
Seinfeld is overrated.

Definitely agree with this statement. I never understood the hoopla behind his brand of comedy. I tried watching his show, stand-up routines, and specials to no avail. Oh well.

Hannahrain
06-23-2008, 08:51 AM
I'm saying that The Aristocrats stuck a coathanger into the uterus of comedy and removed its ability to multiply.

I can totally see a traveling militant feminist comedy troupe being called "Comedy's Uterus".

C DUB YA
06-23-2008, 10:25 AM
Definitely agree with this statement. I never understood the hoopla behind his brand of comedy. I tried watching his show, stand-up routines, and specials to no avail. Oh well.

His stand up in recent years has been average at best.

Memorial_07
06-23-2008, 10:43 AM
god damn it!
i was just going to make this a thread and then i saw this!!!
fuck!!!




All things aside, he was an amazing comedian.
R.I.P. George.

Yablonowitz
06-23-2008, 11:03 AM
doing the same fucking bit over and over

He wrote new material for every yearly HBO special.

If you mean that it's the same basic template...well, you of all people should have respect for that since your posts pretty much follow the same pattern.

The main difference is he was funny and enlightening.

BROKENDOLL
06-23-2008, 12:28 PM
He wrote new material for every yearly HBO special.

If you mean that it's the same basic template...well, you of all people should have respect for that since your posts pretty much follow the same pattern.

The main difference is he was funny and enlightening. Encore! Encore!

RotationSlimWang
06-23-2008, 12:40 PM
He wrote new material for every yearly HBO special.

If you mean that it's the same basic template...well, you of all people should have respect for that since your posts pretty much follow the same pattern.

The main difference is he was funny and enlightening.

Yes, he wrote new material and delivered it exactly the same every fucking year. It was all the same "joke," the same persona, the same boring angry bullshit. Bill Hicks managed to do it without being an annoying old cunt about it.

Ardentbiscuit
06-23-2008, 12:43 PM
I was in Vegas a couple of weeks ago for the Sex Pistols. Friday night my friends and I were at the Orleans.

I said to my friends, "Let's go see Carlin, the show is about to start."

My one friend replied, "Nah, let's gamble, we can see Carlin any time."

My other friends didn't want to go either. I should have just done what I initially thought, just leave them and go to the alone..

:(

full on idle
06-23-2008, 12:52 PM
Li'l Wang stop being an asshole and just go to another thread.

luckyface
06-23-2008, 12:55 PM
I was in Vegas a couple of weeks ago for the Sex Pistols. Friday night my friends and I were at the Orleans.

I said to my friends, "Let's go see Carlin, the show is about to start."

My one friend replied, "Nah, let's gamble, we can see Carlin any time."

My other friends didn't want to go either. I should have just done what I initially thought, just leave them and go to the alone..

:(

Hahaha, and you can't gamble any time? Wow.

And that sucks that you just missed out on seeing one of his final performances. I would have loved to have saw him live. Very funny guy.

Bud Luster
06-23-2008, 02:26 PM
Wow, he finally did something funny. Counterculture hero my fucking ass...

dorkfish
06-23-2008, 02:29 PM
I guess God needed someone who didn't believe in him.

frozen pilgrim
06-23-2008, 02:31 PM
I have a 4x4 foot charcoal painting of him, signed by him.
he was an idol, a hero, and one of the last truly great people still alive today.
the lineage of the true stalwarts of comedy, starting with bob hope, runs right through to yesterday.

George Carlin, the world will miss you. thank you for reminding us time and again that either everything is funny, or nothing is.

BROKENDOLL
06-23-2008, 02:37 PM
Pilgrim, I hope you don't mind me sigging that last bit.

Bud Luster
06-23-2008, 02:40 PM
His comedy has been antiquated, unfunny, and out of touch since the 70's.