George Carlin Dead at 71

June 23, 2008


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.