George Carlin

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George Denis Patrick Carlin (May 12, 1937 – June 22, 2008) was an American comedian, social critic, actor, and author. Carlin was noted for his black comedy as well as his thoughts on politics, the English language, psychology, religion, and various taboo subjects. 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 5–4 decision by the justices affirmed the government's power to regulate indecent material on the public airwaves.

He is widely regarded as one of the most important and influential stand-up comedians of all time: one newspaper called Carlin "the dean of counterculture comedians." In 2004, Carlin was placed second on the Comedy Central list of the 100 greatest stand-up comedians, ahead of Lenny Bruce and behind Richard Pryor. The first of his 14 stand-up comedy specials for HBO was filmed in 1977. From the late 1980s, Carlin's routines focused on sociocultural criticism of modern American society. He often commented on contemporary political issues in the United States and satirized the excesses of American culture. He was a frequent performer and guest host on The Tonight Show during the three-decade Johnny Carson era, and hosted the first episode of Saturday Night Live. His final HBO special, It's Bad for Ya, was filmed less than four months before his death. In 2008, he was posthumously awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

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Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1992 Classic Gold Compilation George Carlin 1
1999 The Little David Years: 1971-1977 Compilation George Carlin 3.55 1

Other + Audiobook

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2000 Brain Droppings Audiobook George Carlin 1
2001 Napalm and Silly Putty Audiobook George Carlin 1
2002 More Napalm & Silly Putty Audiobook George Carlin 1
2004 When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? Audiobook George Carlin 1
2009 Last Words: A Memoir Audiobook George Carlin with Tony Hendra, read by Patrick Carlin 1

Other + Spokenword

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1967 Take-Offs & Put-Ons Spokenword George Carlin 2
1972 Burns and Carlin at the Playboy Club Tonight Spokenword George Burns, George Carlin 1
1972 Class Clown Spokenword George Carlin 4 3
1972 FM & AM Spokenword George Carlin 3 1
1972 The Original George Carlin Spokenword George Carlin 1
1973 Occupation: Foole Spokenword George Carlin 2
1975 An Evening with Wally Londo featuring Bill Slaszo Spokenword George Carlin 2
1977 On the Road Spokenword George Carlin 2
1978 Indecent Exposure: Some of the Best of George Carlin Spokenword George Carlin 1
1981 A Place for My Stuff! Spokenword George Carlin 3 3
1981 Killer Carlin Spokenword George Carlin 2
1984 Carlin on Campus Spokenword George Carlin 2
1986 Playin' With Your Head Spokenword George Carlin 1
1988 What Am I Doing in New Jersey? Spokenword George Carlin 4 2
1990 Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics Spokenword George Carlin 3 2
1992 Jammin' in New York Spokenword George Carlin 5 2
1996 Back in Town Spokenword George Carlin 3 1
1999 You Are All Diseased Spokenword George Carlin 3 1
2001 Complaints & Grievances Spokenword George Carlin 4 2
2002 George Carlin on Comedy Spokenword George Carlin 1
2002 40 Years in Comedy Spokenword George Carlin 1
2006 Life Is Worth Losing Spokenword George Carlin 4 1
2008 It's Bad for Ya Spokenword George Carlin 4 2
Toledo Window Box Spokenword George Carlin 1

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