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RBA
06-23-2008, 01:09 AM
Real sad news.

George Carlin Has Died
ET breaks the news that comedian George Carlin has died from heart failure. The man who made famous the "seven words you can never say on television" passed away at 5:55 p.m. Sunday at Saint John's Hospital in Santa Monica, his longtime publicist said. He was 71.

Carlin, who has had several heart attacks and a history of cardiac issues, went into the hospital this afternoon after complaining of heart problems.

Carlin has more than 20 comedy albums, 14 HBO specials, numerous TV and movie roles, and three best-selling books to his credit. Last year, he celebrated his 50th year in show business, and he had just finished his last HBO special in March, "It's Bad for Ya."

RBA
06-23-2008, 01:19 AM
FOOTBALL VS BASEBALL

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MrCinatit
06-23-2008, 01:29 AM
A true king of comedy.
"If you need to shave and you still collect baseball cards, you're a dope. If you're a kid, the cards are keepsakes of your idols. If you're a grown man, they're pictures of men."
(that one hits close to home)

Patrick Bateman
06-23-2008, 01:43 AM
That's a shame, I've enjoyed his comedy for a long time.

Just remember, rape is funny, and we should all be allowed to kill a guy a month. Nothing wrong with blowing off a little steam.

RosieRed
06-23-2008, 01:49 AM
There will never be another like him.

He used words brilliantly.

RIP.

Caveat Emperor
06-23-2008, 02:02 AM
Wow.

A cynical, sarcastic, and brutally honest genius. The world could use more people like Carlin calling B.S. on some of the things that go on in daily life.

cincinnati chili
06-23-2008, 02:04 AM
His better stuff was really, really good.

I highly recommend his book "Brain Droppings."

Javy Pornstache
06-23-2008, 02:08 AM
^ Agreed chili, as well as the followup, "Napalm and Silly Putty", I enjoyed both immensely. He was always my favorite comedian, and I JUST read earlier today where he was invited to some dinner to be the recipient of a pretty high arts award, obviously before news of this came out. RIP, GC.

cincinnati chili
06-23-2008, 02:15 AM
Javy,

Since you're clearly a fan too, if you haven't heard it, here's an interesting interview he gave to Terry Gross four years ago:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4136881

Javy Pornstache
06-23-2008, 02:17 AM
Very cool, I'll be checking it out. Thanks, cc.

Blimpie
06-23-2008, 04:59 AM
Man, what a bummer.

Much like the loss of Richard Pryor, we have again lost one of the greats who completely revolutionized the profession.

Godspeed.

Roy Tucker
06-23-2008, 08:10 AM
I'll miss Carlin. Great eye for the human existence.

He was slated to receive the 2008 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in November. Previous winners are:

1998 - Richard Pryor
1999 - Jonathan Winters
2000 - Carl Reiner
2001 - Whoopi Goldberg
2002 - Bob Newhart
2003 - Lily Tomlin
2004 - Lorne Michaels
2005 - Steve Martin
2006 - Neil Simon
2007 - Billy Crystal
2008 - George Carlin (posthumously)

wheels
06-23-2008, 08:41 AM
That really blows.

I first saw Carlin's stand up on HBO in the early 80's, and I think he became the template for how I judged comics for the rest of my life.

I'll never think about bottled water in the same way because of him.

NJReds
06-23-2008, 08:45 AM
RIP George.

He was one of the best.

Matt700wlw
06-23-2008, 08:52 AM
I always got a good laugh when I heard Carlin's comedy. He could do funny bits about anything, he had a unique way of looking at the world...and when he did get vulgar and profane, it wasn't for shock value...it had a purpose. Obviously, it shocked people, but the way he used the words made it work....

He'll be missed

PedroBourbon
06-23-2008, 09:16 AM
There are not many comedians who's career (successfully) spans 5 decades. He will be sorely missed.

Joseph
06-23-2008, 11:10 AM
Wow....RIP George.

Rojo
06-23-2008, 01:27 PM
Carlin loomed large for me. My favorite observation: that people that drive slower than you are morons, people who drive faster than you are maniacs.

The moron/maniac dynamic applies repeatedly to stuff other than traffic.

Cant Touch This
06-23-2008, 01:34 PM
Did you ever notice that nobody ever seems to get laid on Thanksgiving? I think it's because all the coats are on the bed.

GAC
06-23-2008, 04:36 PM
I actually remember him from the mid-60's, when he was very clean cut, and he did such hilarious bits as the Hippy Dippy Weather Man and Indian Drill Sargeant.

Then there was Toldeo Window Box. One of his best IMO.

The guys was a comedic genius and will be sorely missed.

What is JUMMMBO shrimp?

If you have a crumb and it breaks in two pieces, do you have half a crumb or two crumbs?

Puffy
06-24-2008, 12:22 PM
Carlin loomed large for me. My favorite observation: that people that drive slower than you are morons, people who drive faster than you are maniacs.

The moron/maniac dynamic applies repeatedly to stuff other than traffic.

I like his observation about coffee houses. The longer the person's order the bigger the jerk - he used stronger language ;)

Coffee - slight jerk.

Double shot Mint chocolate mocha frappachino steamed, low fat whipped cream with cinnamon - - HUGE jerk

Puffy
06-24-2008, 12:22 PM
I actually remember him from the mid-60's, when he was very clean cut, and he did such hilarious bits as the Hippy Dippy Weather Man and Indian Drill Sargeant.

Then there was Toldeo Window Box. One of his best IMO.

The guys was a comedic genius and will be sorely missed.

What is JUMMMBO shrimp?

If you have a crumb and it breaks in two pieces, do you have half a crumb or two crumbs?

Man, you're old.