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About George Carlin

It’s somewhat fitting that visionary stand-up George Carlin would be best remembered by many for a bit on "bad words," the infamous, oft-banned "7 Words You Can’t Say on Television." Carlin’s zest for words was endless; his obsession with our neurotic dance with language, in particular the hidden evils in soft language, birthed some of his most hilarious routines (and most trenchant commentary). He rose to prominence in the 1960s as a talk show regular with the memorable "Hippy Dippy Weatherman" and relatively tame recollections of his NYC childhood. By the 1970s, Carlin’s observations had turned more acerbic, his razor wit informing a legion of angry, hyper-literate, iconoclastic comics from Bill Hicks to Lewis Black. After 71 years of hard living (precisely the sort of phrase Carlin would despise) and brilliant comedy, the irrepressible Carlin died (not "passed away") in 2008.

HOMETOWN
New York, NY
GENRE
Comedy
BORN
12 May 1937

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