George Carlin

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George Denis Patrick Carlin (May 12, 1937 – June 22, 2008) was an American comedian, actor, author and social critic. Carlin was noted for his black comedy and 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 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: One newspaper called Carlin "the dean of counterculture comedians." In 2004, Carlin was placed second on the Comedy Central list of "Top 10 Comedians of US Audiences" compiled for an April 2004 special. 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 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 in 1975. 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. In 2017, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him second (behind Richard Pryor) on its list of the 50 best stand-up comics of all time.

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Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Classic Gold George Carlin 1
1999 The Little David Years: 1971-1977 George Carlin 4 1

Album + Spokenword + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1972 FM & AM George Carlin 3 2

Album + Spokenword

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2016 I Kinda Like It When a Lotta People Die. George Carlin 4 1

Other + Audiobook

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

Other + Spokenword + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1963 Burns and Carlin at the Playboy Club Tonight Burns and Carlin 1

Other + Spokenword

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1967 Take-Offs & Put-Ons George Carlin 2
1972 Class Clown George Carlin 4 3
1972 The Original George Carlin George Carlin 1
1973 Occupation: Foole George Carlin 3
1975 An Evening with Wally Londo featuring Bill Slaszo George Carlin 3
1977 On the Road George Carlin 3
1978 Indecent Exposure: Some of the Best of George Carlin George Carlin 1
1981 A Place for My Stuff! George Carlin 3 3
1981 Killer Carlin George Carlin 2
1984 Carlin on Campus George Carlin 2
1986 Playin' With Your Head George Carlin 1
1988 What Am I Doing in New Jersey? George Carlin 4 2
1990 Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics George Carlin 3 2
1992 Jammin' in New York George Carlin 5 2
1996 Back in Town George Carlin 3 1
1999 You Are All Diseased George Carlin 3 1
2000 Toledo Window Box George Carlin 2
2001 Complaints & Grievances George Carlin 4 2
2002 George Carlin on Comedy George Carlin 1
2002 40 Years in Comedy George Carlin 1
2006 Life Is Worth Losing George Carlin 4 1
2007 Narcotics Anonymous World Convention 2007 George Carlin 1
2008 It's Bad for Ya George Carlin 4 2

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