George Carlin, one of the funniest, edgiest and most provocative comedians ever, has passed away at the age of 71 due to heart failure. Personally, I did not agree with his politics or any of his lack of beliefs; however, George Carlin was just down right funny. To have ever seen him perform live was a sight to behold. His mere facial expressions during his comedy routines were beyond side splitting laughter.
Thank you for the brilliant comedy … Rest in Peace.
Carlin, who had a history of heart and drug-dependency problems, died at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica about 6 p.m. PDT (9 p.m. EDT/0100 GMT) after being admitted earlier in the afternoon for chest pains, spokesman Jeff Abraham told Reuters.
Although Carlin was best known as the anti-Establishment icon in the 1970’s and the comedy routine “Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television,” which managed to make it all the way to the Supreme Court. George Carlin had so many other brilliant routines like “Stuff”. Who can forget his routine on Baseball and Football
“Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television.” A regulatory battle over a radio broadcast of the routine ultimately reached the U.S. Supreme Court.
In the 1978 case, Federal Communications Commission vs. Pacifica Foundation, the top U.S. court ruled that the words cited in Carlin’s routine were indecent, and that the government’s broadcast regulator could ban them from being aired at times when children might be listening.
The star was admitted to a hospital in Los Angeles on Sunday with chest pains and died later that day.
Jack Burns, Carlin’s comedy partner in the early 1960s, told the Associated Press agency: “He was a genius and I will miss him dearly.”
Carlin performed as recently as last weekend in Las Vegas.
How influential and edgy was Carlin back in the day? George Carlin hosted the first ever broadcast of the long-running comedy show Saturday Night Live. Let alone a comedy skit making it all the way to the Supreme Court.