Monday, June 23, 2008
George Carlin is Dead
George Carlin was admitted to St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica on Sunday June 22 after complaining of chest pain, and was dead by evening.
Carlin, 71, was a comedian best known for his irreverent sense of humor (i.e. "Rape can be Funny" and "Seven Dirty Words"). He also hosted the first ever episode of Saturday Night Live and has released 23 comedy albums, 14 HBO specials and a slew of cult classic movies, such as the Bill & Ted movies, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and Pixar's Cars.
Carlin's themes have been known for causing considerable controversy in the general media. His most usual topic was (in his words) humanity's "bullshit", which might include murder, genocide, war, rape, corruption, religion and other aspects of human civilization.
Carlin was great more so for the outrageous things he would come out and say rather than the content itself. Don't get me wrong, he had a lot of great bits, but his greatest contribution to society was his "Are you really going to take life this seriously" attitude and his challenging of traditional views and the contingents in American society that try to ban anything that would hurt even a single person's feelings (i.e. JV and Elvis getting fired in New York for impersonating a Chinese accent, Howard Stern being fined by the FCC per on air fart, an attempt at banning profanity and unfortunately the list goes ON and ON).
He is survived by wife Sally Wade and daughter Kelly Carlin McCall. Rest in peace, George.