George Carlin... We Will Miss You

Grammy award-winning comedian, actor, and author George Carlin died on Sunday, June 22, at the age of 71 of heart failure.

The world wasn't ready for his type of humor. His ranchy monologue "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television" was released in 1972 on his album Class Clown. He did his routine at Summerfest in Milwaukee that year and was arrested for violating obscenity laws. In his next album, 1973's Occupation: Foole, Carlin did a similar routine titled "Filthy Words." This eventually led to the Supreme Court case FCC v. Pacifica Foundation in 1978. The justices ruled 5-4 that the Federal Communications Commission has a right to regulate spoken-word performances on public airwaves to prevent children from hearing profanities.

Carlin was not only a comedian, he was a philosopher. His observations on language, religion, and psychology were just some of the many taboo matters he tackled. It made us think. Recently, he focused on modern-day flaws in America. Carlin recently released "All My Stuff." It spans over 30 years of his career, including HBO specials and other memorable performances.

The Kennedy Center recently announced Carlin was to be awared the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. It is given in recognition of "an artist who has made a significant contribution to the world of American comedy." To the first host of Saturday Night Live, we will miss you.



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