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George Carlin

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Carlin in April 2008

Birth name

George Denis Patrick Carlin

Born

May 12, 1937 Manhattan, New York, U.S.

Died

June 22, 2008 Santa Monica, California, U.S.

Medium

Stand-up, film, television, radio, literature

Years active

1956–2008

Genres

Observational comedy, character comedy, surreal comedy, blue comedy, black comedy, wordplay, sarcasm, irony, satire

Subject

American culture, society, religion, politics, psychology, philosophy, profanity, everyday life, nihilism, misanthropy, recreational drug use, language, mass media, popular culture, current events, death, masculinity, family, parenting, race relations, old age

Spouse

Brenda Hosbrook ( m.  1961; died 1997)
Sally Wade ( m.  1998)

Children

Kelly Carlin

Signature

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Website

georgecarlin .com

George Denis Patrick Carlin was an American stand-up comedian, actor, author, and social critic. He was known 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. Widely regarded as one of the most important and influential stand-up comics of all time, Carlin was dubbed by one newspaper to be "the dean of counterculture comedians".

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.

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Don't give your money to the church. They should be giving their money to you. - George Carlin

Don't give your money to the church. They should be giving their money to you.

George Carlin

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If it's true that our species is alone in the universe, then I'd have to say the universe aimed rather low and settled for very little. - George Carlin

If it's true that our species is alone in the universe, then I'd have to say the universe aimed rather low and settled for very little.

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By and large, language is a tool for concealing the truth. - George Carlin

By and large, language is a tool for concealing the truth.

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I'm completely in favor of the separation of Church and State. My idea is that these two institutions screw us up enough on their own, so both of them together is certain death. - George Carlin

I'm completely in favor of the separation of Church and State. My idea is that these two institutions screw us up enough on their own, so both of them together is certain death.

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Death is caused by swallowing small amounts of saliva over a long period of time. - George Carlin

Death is caused by swallowing small amounts of saliva over a long period of time.

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At a formal dinner party, the person nearest death should always be seated closest to the bathroom. - George Carlin

At a formal dinner party, the person nearest death should always be seated closest to the bathroom.

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The other night I ate at a real nice family restaurant. Every table had an argument going. - George Carlin

The other night I ate at a real nice family restaurant. Every table had an argument going.

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Well, if crime fighters fight crime and fire fighters fight fire, what do freedom fighters fight? They never mention that part to us, do they? - George Carlin

Well, if crime fighters fight crime and fire fighters fight fire, what do freedom fighters fight? They never mention that part to us, do they?

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Weather forecast for tonight: dark. - George Carlin

Weather forecast for tonight: dark.

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Frisbeetarianism is the belief that when you die, your soul goes up on the roof and gets stuck. - George Carlin

Frisbeetarianism is the belief that when you die, your soul goes up on the roof and gets stuck.

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Electricity is really just organized lightning. - George Carlin

Electricity is really just organized lightning.

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In comic strips, the person on the left always speaks first. - George Carlin

In comic strips, the person on the left always speaks first.

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There's no present. There's only the immediate future and the recent past. - George Carlin

There's no present. There's only the immediate future and the recent past.

George Carlin

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Dusting is a good example of the futility of trying to put things right. As soon as you dust, the fact of your next dusting has already been established. - George Carlin

Dusting is a good example of the futility of trying to put things right. As soon as you dust, the fact of your next dusting has already been established.

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You know the good part about all those executions in Texas? Fewer Texans. - George Carlin

You know the good part about all those executions in Texas? Fewer Texans.

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When you step on the brakes your life is in your foot's hands. - George Carlin

When you step on the brakes your life is in your foot's hands.

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