George Carlin in Trenton on April 4, 2008
|Birth name||George Denis Patrick Carlin|
|Born||May 12, 1937 |
Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
|Medium||stand-up, television, film, books, radio|
|Years active||1956 – Present|
|Genres||Observational comedy, Wit/Word play, Satire/Political satire, Black comedy|
|Subject(s)||American culture, English language, everyday life, childhood, recreational drug use, death, human behavior, American politics, religion|
|Influences||Danny Kaye, Lenny Bruce, The Marx Brothers, Spike Jones, Ernie Kovacs, Jerry Lewis, Richard Pryor, Mort Sahl|
|Influenced||Chris Rock, Lewis Black, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Greg Fitzsimmons, Stephen Colbert, Bill Hicks, Bill Maher, Patrice O'Neal, Adam Carolla, Colin Quinn, Steven Wright, Russell Peters|
(August 5, 1961 - May 11, 1997)
|Notable works and roles||Class Clown|
"Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television"
in Shining Time Station
in Thomas and Friends
HBO television specials
Rufus in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
|Best Comedy Recording|
1973 FM & AM
Best Spoken Comedy Album
1992 Jammin' in New York
2001 Brain Droppings
2002 Napalm & Silly Putty
|American Comedy Awards|
|Funniest Male Performer in a TV Special|
1997 George Carlin: Back in Town
1998 George Carlin: 40 Years of Comedy
Lifetime Achievement Award in Comedy 2001
George Denis Patrick Carlin (born May 12, 1937) is a Grammy-winning American stand-up comedian, actor, and author. Trenton is the Capital of the US state of New Jersey and the County seat of Mercer County. Events 1581 - Francis Drake completes a circumnavigation of the world and is knighted by Elizabeth I. 2008 ( MMVIII) is the current year in accordance with the Gregorian calendar, a Leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common Events 1191 - Richard I of England marries Berengaria of Navarre. Year 1937 ( MCMXXXVII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. 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Christopher Julius Rock III (born February 7, 1965) is an American Comedian, Actor, Screenwriter, Television Lewis Niles Black (born August 30 1948) is a Grammy Award -winning American stand-up comedian, Author, Playwright Jerome Allen "Jerry" Seinfeld (born on April 29 1954 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American comedian actor and writer Jon Stewart (born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz; November 28 1962 is an American Comedian, Satirist, Actor, Writer, and Greg Fitzsimmons (born April 5, 1966) is an American Stand-up comedian, writer and television producer Stephen Tyrone Colbert ( born May 13 1964 is an American Comedian, satirist, Actor and Writer, known for his ironic style William Melvin Hicks ( December 16, 1961 – February 26, 1994) was an American stand-up comedian. William "Bill" Maher Jr, (ˈmɑɹ born January 20 1956) is an American Stand-up comedian, Television host, Patrice Lumumba Malcolm Oneal (born December 7, 1969) is an American Stand-up comedian, Radio personality, and Actor Adam Carolla (born May 27 1964 is an American radio / Television host, Comedian, and Actor. Colin Quinn (born June 6, 1959 in Brooklyn, New York) is an Irish-American Comedian, best known for his five years in the Steven Alexander Wright (born December 6 1955) is an American Stand-up comedian, Actor, and Writer. Russell Dominic Peters (born September 28 1970 is a Canadian Stand-up comic, and Actor of Indian descent Events 642 - Battle of Maserfield - Penda of Mercia defeats and kills Oswald of Bernicia. Year 1961 ( MCMLXI) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Events 330 - Byzantium is renamed ''Nova Roma'' during a dedication ceremony but is more popularly referred to as Constantinople Year 1997 ( MCMXCVII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar Class Clown is the third comedy album released by United States comedian George Carlin. Mr Conductor was a character in the children's series Shining Time Station and in Thomas and the Magic Railroad. Shining Time Station was an American Television sequel of Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends series co-created by Britt Allcroft A television special is a Television program, typically a Short film or Television movie, which interrupts or temporarily replaces programming normally Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure ( 1989) is an American comedy / Science fiction Movie in which two Slackers Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey is a 1991 American comedy Science fiction film the sequel to Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure The Grammy Awards (originally called the Gramophone Awards)—or Grammys —are presented annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences The Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album was awarded from yearly 1959 to 1993 and then from 2004 to present day FM & AM is an album by American Comedian George Carlin. This album was originally released in 1972 on the Atlantic Records subsidiary The Grammy Award for Best Spoken Comedy Album was awarded from 1994 until 2003 Jammin' In New York is George Carlin 's eighth special to be seen on HBO, recorded on April 24 and 25 1992 at the Paramount Theater on the grounds of Brain Droppings is a 1997 book by comedian George Carlin. This was Carlin's "first real book" and contains much of Carlin's Stand-up comedy Napalm and Silly Putty is a 2001 book by comedian George Carlin. The American Comedy Awards were a group of awards presented annually in the United States from 1987 to 2001 recognizing performances and performers in the field of Comedy, with Back in Town is George Carlin 's ninth HBO special It was also released on CD on September 17, 1996. Events 1191 - Richard I of England marries Berengaria of Navarre. Year 1937 ( MCMXXXVII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The Grammy Awards (originally called the Gramophone Awards)—or Grammys —are presented annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Stand-up comedy is a style of comedy where the performer speaks directly to the audience with the absence of the theatrical " Fourth wall " An actor, actress, player or thespian (see terminology) is a person who Acts in a Dramatic production and who works An author is defined both as "the person who originates or gives existence to anything" and that authorship determines responsibility for what is created
Carlin is especially noted for his political and black humor and his observations on language, psychology, and religion along with many taboo subjects. Politics Politics is the process by which groups of people make decisions Black comedy, also known as black humor or dark comedy, is a sub-genre of Comedy and Satire where topics and events that are usually regarded Psychology (from Greek grc ψῡχή psȳkhē, "breath life soul" and grc -λογία -logia) is an Academic and A religion is a set of Tenets and practices often centered upon specific Supernatural and moral claims about Reality, the Cosmos A taboo is a strong Social prohibition (or ban) against words objects actions or discussions that are considered undesirable or offensive by a group culture Carlin and his "Seven Dirty Words" comedy routine were central to the 1978 U.S. Supreme Court case F.C.C. v. Pacifica Foundation, in which a narrow 5-4 decision by the justices affirmed the government's right to regulate Carlin's act on the public airwaves. The Supreme Court of the United States is the highest judicial body in the United States and leads the federal judiciary. Federal Communications Commission v Pacifica Foundation, 438 U Radio waves are electromagnetic waves occurring on the Radio frequency portion of the Electromagnetic spectrum.
George Carlin's most recent stand-up routines are primarily focused on attacking the flaws in modern-day America. He often takes on contemporary political issues in the United States and satirizes the excesses of American culture. The development of the culture of the United States of America — music, cinema, dance, architecture, literature, poetry
He is considered by many to be a successor to the late Lenny Bruce and was described by Comedy Central as the second greatest stand-up comedian of all time behind Richard Pryor, and right before Lenny Bruce. Lenny Bruce (October 13 1925 &ndash August 3 1966 born Leonard Alfred Schneider, was an American Stand-up comedian, Writer, social Comedy Central is an American Cable television and Satellite television channel that carries predominantly Comedy programming Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor III ( December 1, 1940 &ndash December 10, 2005) was an American Comedian, Actor  He was also the first person to host Saturday Night Live. Saturday Night Live ( SNL) is a weekly late-night 90-minute American Sketch comedy / Variety show based in New York City
Carlin was born in New York City, New York, the son of Mary (née Bearey), a secretary, and Patrick Carlin, a national advertising manager for the New York Sun. The City of New York New York ( is a state in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions of the United States and is the nation's third most populous The Sun was a New York newspaper that was published from 1833 until 1950  Carlin is of Irish descent and was raised in the Roman Catholic faith. The Irish people ( Irish: Muintir na hÉireann, na hÉireannaigh, na Gaeil) are a Western European Ethnic group who originate 
Carlin grew up on West 121st Street, in a neighborhood of Manhattan which he later said, in a stand-up routine, he and his friends called "White Harlem", because that sounded a lot tougher than its real name of "Morningside Heights". Manhattan Island, in New York Harbor, is much the largest part of the Borough of Manhattan, one of the Five Boroughs which form the City of New York Harlem is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Manhattan, long known as a major African American cultural and business center Morningside Heights is a neighborhood of the Borough of Manhattan in New York City and is chiefly known as the home of institutions such as Barnard "General Grant was one of my neighbors," he would say later. He was raised by his mother, who left his father when Carlin was two years old. At age 14 Carlin dropped out of Cardinal Hayes High School and later joined the United States Air Force, training as a radar technician. Cardinal Hayes Memorial High School for Boys is a Catholic High school in the Bronx, New York City. Radar is a system that uses electromagnetic waves to identify the range altitude direction or speed of both moving and fixed objects such as Aircraft, ships He was stationed at Barksdale AFB in Bossier City, Louisiana. Barksdale Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base located three Nautical miles (6 km) east of the Central business district of Bossier City (Ville de Bossier is a City in Bossier Parish, Louisiana, United States.
During this time he began working as a disc jockey on KJOE, a radio station based in the nearby city of Shreveport. A disc jockey (also known as DJ or deejay) is a person who selects and plays recorded music for an audience Shreveport is the third-largest city and the principal city of the third largest Metropolitan area in the U He did not complete his Air Force enlistment. Labeled an "unproductive airman" by his superiors, Carlin was discharged on July 29, 1957. Events 1014 - Byzantine-Bulgarian Wars: Battle of Kleidion: Byzantine emperor Basil II inflicts a decisive defeat Year 1957 ( MCMLVII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar) In 1959, Carlin and Jack Burns began as a comedy team when both were working for radio station KXOL in Fort Worth, Texas. Jack Burns (born November 15, 1933) is an American Comedian and voice actor. Fort Worth is the fifth-largest city in the state of Texas and the seventeenth-largest city in the United States.  After successful performances at Fort Worth's beat coffeehouse, The Cellar, Burns and Carlin headed for California in February 1960 and stayed together for two years as a team before moving on to individual pursuits.
In the 1960s, Carlin began appearing on television variety shows, notably The Ed Sullivan Show. The Ed Sullivan Show was an American television Variety show that ran from June 20, 1948 to June 6, His most famous routines were:
Variations on the first three of these routines can be found on Carlin's 1967 debut album, Take Offs and Put Ons, recorded live in 1966 at The Roostertail in Detroit, Michigan. Take-Offs and Put-Ons is the debut solo album by American Comedian George Carlin. Michigan ( is a Midwestern state of the United States of America. 
During this period, Carlin became more popular as a frequent performer and guest host on The Tonight Show during the Johnny Carson era, becoming one of Carson's most frequent substitutes during the host's three-decade reign. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno as appropriate --> The Tonight Show is a long-running John William “Johnny” Carson ( October 23, 1925 &ndash January 23, 2005) was an American Television host and Carlin was also cast on Away We Go, a 1967 comedy show.
Carlin was present at Lenny Bruce's arrest for obscenity. Lenny Bruce (October 13 1925 &ndash August 3 1966 born Leonard Alfred Schneider, was an American Stand-up comedian, Writer, social According to legend the police began attempting to detain members of the audience for questioning, and asked Carlin for his identification. Telling the police he did not believe in government issued IDs, he was arrested and taken to jail with Bruce in the same vehicle. 
In the 1970s, Carlin became known for unpredictable performances.
Eventually, Carlin changed both his routines and his appearance. He lost some TV bookings by dressing strangely for a comedian of the time, wearing faded jeans and sporting a beard and earrings at a time when clean-cut, well-dressed comedians were in vogue. Using his own persona as a springboard for his new comedy, he was presented by Ed Sullivan in a performance of "The Hair Piece," and quickly regained his popularity as the public caught on to his sense of style. Edward Vincent "Ed" Sullivan ( September 28, 1901 – October 13, 1974) was an American Entertainment Writer
In this period he also perfected what is perhaps his best-known routine, "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television", recorded on Class Clown, a routine which offended some. Class Clown is the third comedy album released by United States comedian George Carlin. Carlin was arrested on July 21, 1972 at Milwaukee's Summerfest and charged with violating obscenity laws after performing this routine. Events 356 BC - Herostratus sets fire to the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus, one of the Seven Wonders of the World Year 1972 ( MCMLXXII) was a Leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Summerfest (also known as "The Big Gig" is a yearly music festival held at the 75-acre Henry Maier Festival Park along the lakefront in Milwaukee Obscenity (in Latin obscenus, meaning "foul repulsive detestable" is a term that is most often used in a legal context to  The case, which prompted Carlin to refer to the words for a time as, "The Milwaukee Seven", was dismissed in December of that year; the judge declared the language indecent, stating that the language was indecent but cited free speech, as well as the lack of any disturbance. In 1973, a man complained to the FCC that his son had heard a later, similar routine, "Filthy Words", from Occupation: Foole, broadcast one afternoon over WBAI, a Pacifica Foundation FM radio station in New York City. Occupation Foole is the fourth album released by United States comedian George Carlin. For the band see Broadcast (band Broadcasting is the distribution of audio and/or Video signals which transmit WBAI, a part of the Pacifica Radio Network, is a Non-commercial, listener-supported Radio station, broadcasting at 99 Pacifica Radio is a network of five independently operated non-commercial listener-supported Radio stations in the United States that is known for its progressive This article is about radio broadcasting for other uses see Radio (disambiguation. The City of New York Pacifica received a citation from the FCC, which sought to fine Pacifica for allegedly violating FCC regulations which prohibited broadcasting "obscene" material. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the FCC action, by a vote of 5 to 4, ruling that the routine was "indecent but not obscene", and the FCC had authority to prohibit such broadcasts during hours when children were likely to be among the audience. The Supreme Court of the United States is the highest judicial body in the United States and leads the federal judiciary. F.C.C. v. Pacifica Foundation, 438 U. Federal Communications Commission v Pacifica Foundation, 438 U S. 726 (1978). Ironically, the court documents contain a complete transcript of the routine, perhaps validating what Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. said: "You cannot define obscenity without being obscene". Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr ( March 8, 1841 &ndash March 6, 1935) was an American Jurist who served on the Supreme 
The controversy only increased Carlin's fame (or notoriety). Carlin eventually expanded the dirty-words theme with a seemingly interminable end to a performance (ending with his voice fading out in one HBO version, and accompanying the credits in the Carlin at Carnegie special for the 1982-83 season), and a set of 49 web pages organized by subject and embracing his "Incomplete List Of Impolite Words".
Carlin was the first-ever host of NBC's Saturday Night Live, debuting on October 11, 1975. The National Broadcasting Company ( NBC) is an American Television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York City's Saturday Night Live ( SNL) is a weekly late-night 90-minute American Sketch comedy / Variety show based in New York City Events 1138 - A massive earthquake struck Aleppo, Syria. 1531 - Huldrych Zwingli is killed Year 1975 ( MCMLXXV) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar.  (He also hosted SNL on November 10, 1984, where he actually appeared in sketches. Events 1444 - Battle of Varna: The crusading forces of King Vladislaus III of Varna (aka Ulaszlo I of Hungary and Wladyslaw Year 1984 ( MCMLXXXIV) was a Leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar) The first time he hosted, he only appeared to perform stand-up and introduce the guest acts. ) The following season, 1976-77, Carlin also appeared regularly on CBS Television's Tony Orlando & Dawn variety series. CBS Broadcasting Inc ( CBS) is an American radio and Television network. Tony Orlando and Dawn (originally known as Dawn, and later as Dawn featuring Tony Orlando) is a Pop music group that was popular in the 1970s
Carlin unexpectedly stopped performing regularly in 1976, when his career appeared to be at its height. For the next five years, he rarely appeared to perform stand-up, although it was at this time he began doing specials for HBO as part of its On Location series. On Location is a series from Home Box Office (HBO. The series premiered in 1976 and features Stand-up comedy with George Carlin, David His first two HBO specials aired in 1977 and 1978. It was later revealed that Carlin had suffered the first of his three heart attacks during this layoff period. Myocardial infarction ( MI or AMI for acute myocardial infarction) also known as a heart attack, occurs when the blood supply 
In 1981, Carlin returned to the stage, releasing A Place For My Stuff, considered by many to be his best album since Class Clown, and making a triumphant return to HBO (and to his hometown) with the Carlin at Carnegie special videotaped at Carnegie Hall and airing during the 1982-83 season. A Place for My Stuff is United States comedian George Carlin 's eighth comedy album Carnegie Hall (generally ˌkɑrnɨgi ˈhɔːl is a concert venue in Midtown Manhattan in New York City located at 881 Seventh Avenue, occupying the east Carlin continued doing HBO specials every year or every other year over the following decade and a half. All of Carlin's albums from this time forward are the HBO specials.
By 1989, Carlin had become popular with a new generation of teens when he was cast as Rufus, the mentor of the titular characters in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and reprised his role in the film sequel Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey as well as the first season of the cartoon series. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure ( 1989) is an American comedy / Science fiction Movie in which two Slackers Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey is a 1991 American comedy Science fiction film the sequel to Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventures is an Animated television series following the misadventures of two time-travelling Slackers as they travel In 1991, he provided the narrative voice for the American version of the children's show Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends, a role he continued until 1998. He played "Mr. Conductor" on the PBS children's show Shining Time Station which featured Thomas from 1991 to 1993 as well as Shining Time Station TV specials in 1995 and Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales in 1996. The Public Broadcasting Service ( PBS) is a Non-profit Public broadcasting Television service with 354 member TV stations in the Shining Time Station was an American Television sequel of Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends series co-created by Britt Allcroft Mr Conductor's Thomas Tales was a special Spin-off series of Shining Time Station. Also in 1991, Carlin had a major supporting role in the movie Prince of Tides along with Nick Nolte and Barbra Streisand. The Prince of Tides is a 1986 novel by Pat Conroy. It tells the story of the narrator's struggle to overcome the psychological damage inflicted by his Nicholas King Nolte (born February 8, 1941) is an Academy Award -nominated American Actor, Film producer and ex- model Barbra Streisand (ˈstraɪsænd "STRY-sand" born April 24 1942 is an American Singer, Film and Theatre Actress
Carlin began a weekly sitcom, The George Carlin Show, cast as "George O'Grady", a New York City cab driver, for the Fox Broadcasting Company in 1993. The George Carlin Show was an American Television Sitcom that aired on Fox Broadcasting from January 1994 to July 1995 He quickly included a variation of the "Seven Words" in the plot. The show lasted 27 episodes before being cancelled in December 1995.
In 1997, his first hardcover book, entitled Brain Droppings, was released, which had sold over 750,000 copies as of 2001. Brain Droppings is a 1997 book by comedian George Carlin. This was Carlin's "first real book" and contains much of Carlin's Stand-up comedy Carlin was honored at the 1997 Aspen Comedy Festival with a retrospective George Carlin: 40 Years of Comedy hosted by Jon Stewart. The Comedy Festival formerly known as the US Comedy Arts Festival is a Comedy Festival held each year in Las Vegas Nevada. Jon Stewart (born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz; November 28 1962 is an American Comedian, Satirist, Actor, Writer, and
In 1999, Carlin returned with an appearance in Kevin Smith's film Dogma as a greedy Roman Catholic cardinal. Kevin Patrick Smith (born August 2 1970 is an American Screenwriter, Writer, Film director, Actor and Comic book writer Dogma is a 1999 Comedy film, written and directed by Kevin Smith, who stars in the film along with Ben Affleck, Matt Damon He worked with Smith again with a cameo appearance in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and in an unusual change, Carlin portrayed a prominent, serious role in Jersey Girl as the blue collar dad of Ben Affleck's character. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back is a 2001 film written by directed by and starring Kevin Smith, the fifth to be set in his View Askewniverse Jersey Girl is a 2004 American Comedy-drama Film written and directed by Kevin Smith. Ben Affleck (born Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt; August 15 1972 is an American Film Screenwriter, director, actor and older brother of
In 2001, Carlin was given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 15th Annual American Comedy Awards. An award is something given to a person or a group of people to recognize Excellence in a certain field a certificate of excellence The American Comedy Awards were a group of awards presented annually in the United States from 1987 to 2001 recognizing performances and performers in the field of Comedy, with
In December 2003, California U. S. Representative Doug Ose introduced a bill (H. Douglas Arlo "Doug" Ose (born June 27, 1955 in Sacramento California) is a California congressman who served in the U R. 3687) to outlaw the broadcast of Carlin's seven "dirty words", including "compound use (including hyphenated compounds) of such words and phrases with each other or with other words or phrases, and other grammatical forms of such words and phrases (including verb, adjective, gerund, participle, and infinitive forms)". (The bill omits "tits", but includes "ass" and "asshole", which were not part of Carlin's original routine. Asshole (or arsehole in British English) is Slang for the Anus and can be used to describe an unpleasant person )
In 2004, George Carlin was ranked #2 on Comedy Central's 100 greatest stand-ups of all time list, just behind Richard Pryor. Comedy Central is an American Cable television and Satellite television channel that carries predominantly Comedy programming Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor III ( December 1, 1940 &ndash December 10, 2005) was an American Comedian, Actor
Also in 2004 George Carlin was fired from his headlining position at the MGM Grand after an altercation with his audience. After a poorly-received set filled with dark references to suicide bombings and beheadings Carlin stated that he couldn't wait to get out of "this fucking hotel" and Las Vegas in general, claiming he wanted to go back East "where the real people are". He continued to insult his audience, stating "People who go to Las Vegas, you've got to question their fucking intellect to start with. Traveling hundreds and thousands of miles to essentially give your money to a large corporation is kind of fucking moronic. That's what I'm always getting here is these kind of fucking people with very limited intellects. " An audience member shouted back that Carlin should "stop degrading us", at which point Carlin responded "Thank you very much, whatever that was. I hope it was positive; if not, well blow me. " He was immediately fired by MGM Grand and soon after announced he would enter rehab for drug and alcohol addiction.
For years, Carlin had performed regularly as a headliner in Las Vegas. Las Vegas ( Spanish: "The Meadows" is the most populous City in the state of Nevada, the seat of Clark County, and an internationally He began a tour through the first half of 2006, and had a new HBO Special on November 5, 2005 entitled Life is Worth Losing, which was shown live from the Beacon Theatre in New York City. Events 1499 - Publication of the Catholicon in Treguier ( Brittany) Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The City of New York Topics covered included suicide, natural disasters (and the impulse to see them escalate in severity), cannibalism, genocide, human sacrifice, threats to civil liberties in America, and how an argument can be made that humans are inferior to animals. A natural disaster is the consequence of a Natural hazard (eg Cannibalism (from Spanish es ''caníbal'' in connection with cannibalism among the Antillean Caribs, also called anthropophagy (from Greek ἄνθρωπος Genocide is the deliberate and systematic destruction in whole or in part of an ethnic racial religious or national group Human sacrifice is the act of Homicide (the Killing of one or several Human beings in the context of a Religious ritual ( ritual killing thumb| |Broken Liberty Istanbul Archaeology Museum Civil liberties are freedoms that protect the Individual from the Government.
On February 1, 2006, Carlin mentioned to the crowd, during his Life is Worth Losing set at the Tachi Palace Casino in Lemoore, California, that he had been discharged from the hospital only six weeks previously for "heart failure" and "pneumonia", citing the appearance as his "first show back". Events 1327 - Teenaged Edward III is crowned King of England, but the country is ruled by his mother Queen Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. Lemoore is a city in Kings County, California, United States. California ( is a US state on the West Coast of the United States, along the Pacific Ocean. Heart failure is a Cardiac condition that occurs when a problem with the structure or function of the Heart impairs its ability to supply Pneumonia is an inflammatory illness of the Lung. Frequently it is described as lung Parenchyma / alveolar inflammation and abnormal
Carlin provided the voice of Fillmore, a character in the Disney/Pixar animated feature Cars, which opened in theaters on June 9, 2006. This is a list of characters from the 2006 Pixar film Cars. Rust-eze Medicated Bumper Ointment team Lightning McQueen See also Pixar Animation Studios is a CGI animation production company based in Emeryville California. Cars is a 2006 animated Feature film produced by Pixar and directed by both John Lasseter and Joe Ranft. Events 53 - Roman Emperor Nero marries Claudia Octavia 62 - Claudia Octavia commits Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. The character Fillmore is a VW Microbus with a psychedelic paint job, whose front license plate reads "51237" — Carlin's birthday. The Volkswagen Type 2 (also known as Transporter) was the second automotive line introduced by German automaker Volkswagen. Modern psychedelia For "psychedelics" see Psychedelic drug.
Carlin's latest HBO stand-up special, It's Bad for Ya, aired live on March 1, 2008 in Santa Rosa, CA at the Wells Fargo Center For The Arts. It's Bad for Ya is the 14th and final HBO Stand-up comedy special by stand-up comedian George Carlin. Events 86 BC - Lucius Cornelius Sulla, at the head of a Roman Republic army enters in Athens, removing the Tyrant 2008 ( MMVIII) is the current year in accordance with the Gregorian calendar, a Leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common Santa Rosa is the County seat of Sonoma County California, United States  Many of the themes that appeared in this HBO special included "American Bullshit", "Rights", "Death", "Old Age", and "Child Rearing". Death is the termination of the biological functions that define living Organisms It refers both to a specific Old age consists of ages nearing or surpassing the Average life span of Human beings and thus the end of the human life cycle. Carlin had been working the new material for this HBO special for several months prior in concerts all over the country.
In 1961, Carlin married Brenda Hosbrook (born June 12, 1939, died May 11, 1997), whom he had met while touring the previous year, in her parents' living room in Dayton, Ohio. Events 1381 - Peasants' Revolt: in England, rebels arrive at Blackheath. Year 1939 ( MCMXXXIX) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Events 330 - Byzantium is renamed ''Nova Roma'' during a dedication ceremony but is more popularly referred to as Constantinople Year 1997 ( MCMXCVII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar Dayton is a city in southwestern Ohio, United States. It is the County seat and largest city of Montgomery County. Ohio ( is a Midwestern state of the United States. As part of the Great Lakes region, Ohio has long been a cultural and geographical crossroads The couple had a daughter, Kelly, in 1963. In 1971, George and Brenda renewed their wedding vows in Las Vegas, Nevada. Las Vegas ( Spanish: "The Meadows" is the most populous City in the state of Nevada, the seat of Clark County, and an internationally Nevada ( is a state located in the western region of the United States of America. Brenda died of liver cancer a day before Carlin's 61st birthday, in 1997.
In December 2004, Carlin announced that he would be voluntarily entering a drug rehabilitation facility to receive treatment for his dependency on alcohol and painkillers. The term " addiction " is used in many contexts to describe an obsession compulsion or excessive Physical dependence or psychological dependence such as 
Carlin does not vote and often criticizes elections as an illusion of choice.  He said he last voted for George McGovern, who ran for President in 1972  against Richard Nixon. George Stanley McGovern
Although raised in the Roman Catholic faith, Carlin has often denounced the idea of God in interviews and performances, most notably with his "Invisible Man in the Sky" and "There Is No God" routines. In mockery he invented the parody religion Frisbeetarianism for a newspaper contest. He defined it as the belief that when a person dies "his soul gets flung onto a roof, and just stays there", and cannot be retrieved.
Carlin has joked that he worships the Sun, because he can actually see it, but prays to Joe Pesci (his good friend in real life) because "he's a good actor", and "looks like a guy who can get things done!"
Carlin also introduced the "Two Commandments", a revised "pocket-sized" list of the Ten Commandments in his HBO special Complaints and Grievances, ending with the additional commandment of "Thou shalt keep thy religion to thyself. The Sun (Sol is the Star at the center of the Solar System. Joseph Frank "Joe" Pesci (born February 9, 1943) is an Academy Award -winning American Actor, Comedian, Singer The Ten Commandments, or Decalogue, are a list of religious and moral imperatives that according to Judeo-Christian tradition were authored by God and given Complaints and Grievances is an HBO Stand-up comedy special of George Carlin that was originally titled I Kinda Like It When a Lot of People Die "
Carlin openly communicates in his shows and in his interviews that his purpose for existence is entertainment, that he is "here for the show". He professes a hearty schadenfreude in watching the rich spectrum of humanity slowly self-destruct, in his estimation, of its own design; saying, "When you're born, you get a ticket to the freak show. Schadenfreude (ˈʃaːdənˌfʁɔʏ̯də) is enjoyment taken from the misfortune of someone else When you're born in America, you get a front-row seat. " He acknowledges that this is a very selfish thing, especially since he includes large human catastrophes as entertainment.
In a late-1990s interview with radio talk show host Art Bell, he remarked about his view of human life: "I think we're already 'circling the drain' as a species, and I'd love to see the circles get a little faster and a little shorter. Arthur W "Art" Bell III (born June 17, 1945) is an American broadcaster and Author, known primarily as the founder and "
In the same interview, he recounts his experience of a California earthquake in the early-1970s as: ". An earthquake is the result of a sudden release of energy in the Earth 's crust that creates Seismic waves Earthquakes are recorded with a Seismometer . . an amusement park ride. Really, I mean it's such a wonderful thing to realize that you have absolutely no control. . . and to see the dresser move across the bedroom floor unassisted. . . is just exciting. " Later he summarizes: "I really think there's great human drama in destruction and nature unleashed and I don't get enough of it. "
A routine in Carlin's 1999 HBO special You Are All Diseased focusing on airport security leads up to the statement: "Take a fucking chance! Put a little fun in your life! . You Are All Diseased is the title for the 1999 HBO live broadcast stand-up special with comedian George Carlin, recorded on February 6 1999 at the Airport security refers to the techniques and methods used in protecting Airports and Aircraft from Crime. . . most Americans are soft and frightened and unimaginative and they don't realize there's such a thing as dangerous fun, and they certainly don't recognize a good show when they see one. "
Carlin has always included politics as part of his material (along with the wordplay and sex jokes), but by the mid-1980s had become a strident social critic, in both his HBO specials and the book compilations of his material. His HBO viewers got an especially sharp taste of this in his take on the Ronald Reagan administration during the 1988 special What Am I Doing In New Jersey? broadcast live from the Park Theatre in Union City, New Jersey. What Am I Doing in New Jersey? is United States comedian George Carlin 's eleventh comedy album recorded at the Park Theater in Union City New For sites of same name see Union City. Union City is a city in Hudson County, New Jersey, United States New Jersey ( is a state in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions of the United States.
Carlin's themes have been known for causing considerable controversy in the general media. His most usual topic is (in his words) humanity's "bullshit", which might include murder, genocide, war, rape, corruption, religion and other aspects of human civilization. Bullshit (also bullcrap, bullplop, or horseshit) is a common English Expletive. His delivery frequently treats these subjects in a misanthropic and nihilistic fashion, such as in his statement during the Life is Worth Losing show: "I look at it this way. Misanthropy is a general dislike distrust or hatred of the Human species or a disposition to dislike and/or distrust other people Nihilism (from the Latin nihil, nothing is a philosophical position that argues that Existence is without objective meaning Purpose . . For centuries now, man has done everything he can to destroy, defile, and interfere with nature: clear-cutting forests, strip-mining mountains, poisoning the atmosphere, over-fishing the oceans, polluting the rivers and lakes, destroying wetlands and aquifers. . . so when nature strikes back, and smacks him on the head and kicks him in the nuts, I enjoy that. I have absolutely no sympathy for human beings whatsoever. None. And no matter what kind of problem humans are facing, whether it's natural or man-made, I always hope it gets worse. "
Language, from the obscene to the innocuous, has always been a focus of Carlin's work. Euphemisms that seek to distort and lie, and generally the use of pompous, presumptuous and downright silly language are often the target of Carlin's works.
Carlin also gives special attention to prominent topics in American Culture and Western Culture, such as: obsession with fame and celebrity, consumerism, Christianity, political alienation, corporate control, hypocrisy, child raising, fast food diet, news stations, self-help publications, patriotism, sexual taboos, certain uses of technology and surveillance, and pro-life among many others. The development of the culture of the United States of America — music, cinema, dance, architecture, literature, poetry Western culture (sometimes equated with Western Civilization) are terms which are used to refer to Cultures of European origin Christianity ( Greek Χριστιανισμός from the word Xριστός ( Christ)is a monotheistic Religion centered on the life and teachings Overview See also Ethical aspects of abortion Pro-life individuals generally believe that human life should be valued either from conception or Implantation
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|2007||Happily N'Ever After|
|George Carlin at USC||1977|
|George Carlin: Again!||1978|
|Carlin at Carnegie Hall||1982|
|Carlin on Campus||1984|
|Playin' with Your Head||1986|
|What Am I Doing in New Jersey?||1988|
|Doin' It Again||1990|
|Jammin' in New York||1992|
|Back in Town||1996|
|George Carlin: 40 Years of Comedy||1997|
|You Are All Diseased||1999|
|Complaints and Grievances||2001|
|Life Is Worth Losing||2005|
|It's Bad for Ya||2008|
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|Three Times Carlin: An Orgy of George||2006||ISBN 978-1-4013-0243-6|