George Carlin (born May 12th, 1937, died June 22nd, 2008) was an American stand-up comedian, actor, author, and social critic.
Carlin was noted for his black comedy and reflections on politics, the English language, psychology, religion, and various taboo subjects. He 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 comics; one newspaper called Carlin "the dean of counterculture comedians". In April 2004, he placed second on the Comedy Central list of "Top 10 Comedians of US Audiences".
The first of Carlin's 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.
Why He Rocks
- His comedy is vulgar, but done in a very really hilarious and funny way at the same time.
- He mocked political correctness and jabbed at it on most of his comedy shows, which is that his whole shtick for his comedy was making fun of the politically correct.
- He worked with Britt Allcroft, Wilbert Awdry, David Mitton, and Rick Sigglekow as Mr. Conductor for Shining Time Station and Thomas & Friends, in fact, his redubs for seasons one and two of the Thomas series were as great as Ringo Starr.
- Carlin has said himself that his roles on Shining Time Station and Thomas the Tank Engine, in general, are like an alternative side to his main work, and has even praised the show in some of his stand-up comedy shows.
- The seven bad words joke from one of his comedy shows on HBO was too hilarious to stop enjoying it.
- Guest starred in The Simpsons during the show's tenth season. Goes to show his character Munchie serves a part for The Simpsons in season ten.
- He hosted the very first episode of Saturday Night Live.
- Besides Thomas, he also took part in many animation/live-action projects such as Disney and Pixar's Cars (only the first movie), MADtv, Saturday Night Live, and etc.
- His albums from his comedies are still entertaining.
- He was also one of those celebrities and comedians who defended Michael Jackson from the 1993 sexual allegations accusations.
- Even though he is gone, he is still funny, and will never be forgotten as his legacy lives on forever.