George Carlin Dead at 71

June 23, 2008

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The end of an icon came last night in Santa Monica where the comedian George Carlin died of heart failure at the age of 71.  Carlin was a counterculture catalyst changing the comedy scene of the late 70s from traditional vaudevillian, Stooges-esque spectacles to a more cerebral monologue-based that is ubiquitous today.  You can thank him for Dane Cook, though, he’d probably beat the crap out of you for doing so.

Among 100 f***ing other things, George Carlin is g***mn famous for his bit on the Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television – a bit in which he clerverly and cohesively managed to use them all in rapid f***ing succession.  This was famous not for the vulgarity (that was just the frosting) but for the Supreme Court sh*tty decision on broadcasting standards it precipitated. C**t.

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