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George Carlin (born May 12, 1937 in New York City) is an Irish American ("I used to be Irish Catholic, now I'm an American. Y'know: you grow.") stand-up comedian, actor, and author, noted especially for his irreverent attitude and his observations on language and religion.
George Carlin grew up on West 121st St. in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan. He was raised by his mother; she left his father when he was two years old. At age 17, Carlin dropped out of high school and joined the United States Air Force, training as a radar technician. He was stationed in Shreveport, Louisiana, where he began working as a disc jockey on a local radio station. He did not complete his Air Force enlistment.
- Indian war parties ("You wit' the beads...get outta line"),
- Stupid disc jockeys ("Wonderful WINO...")
- Al Sleet, the "hippie-dippie weatherman."
- Jon Carson - the "world never known, and never to be known"
In 1961, Carlin married Brenda Hosbrook, who he had met while touring the previous year. The couple had a daughter, Kelly, in 1963.
During this period, Carlin became more popular. He was cast on Away We Go, a 1967 comedy show. Carlin changed his routines, and his appearance. He lost some TV bookings by dressing as a hippie, with beard and earrings, but regained his popularity as members of the public caught up to his sense of style. It is not clear that Carlin has ever lost his hippie sensibilities as he retains his beard and ponytail to this day.
In this period he also perfected what is perhaps his best-known routine, "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television," recorded on Class Clown. This routine offended some. In 1973, a father complained to the FCC that his son had heard a later, similar routine, "Filthy Words," from Occupation: Foole, broadcast one afternoon over WBAI, a Pacifica Foundation FM radio station in New York City. Pacifica received a citation from the FCC, which sought to fine Pacifica for allegedly violating FCC regulations which prohibited broadcasting "obscene" material. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the FCC action, by a vote of 5 to 4, ruling that the routine was "indecent but not obscene," and the FCC had authority to prohibit such broadcasts during hours when children were likely to be among the audience. FCC v. Pacifica Foundation, 438 U.S. 726 (1978). The controversy only increased Carlin's fame (or notoriety). Carlin eventually expanded the dirty-words theme with a seemingly interminable end to a performance (ending with his voice fading out in the HBO version), and a set of 49 web pages organized by subject and embracing his "Incomplete List Of Impolite Words." Ironically, the court documents contain a complete transcript of the skit, proving what Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. said: "you cannot define obscenity without being obscene".
In December 2003, California Representative Doug Ose introduced a bill (H.R. 3687) to outlaw the broadcast of Carlin's seven "dirty words," including "compound use (including hyphenated compounds) of such words and phrases with each other or with other words or phrases, and other grammatical forms of such words and phrases (including verb, adjective, gerund, participle, and infinitive forms)." (The bill omits "tits," and includes "ass" and "asshole" which were not part of Carlin's original routine). Carlin was also arrested in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and charged with violating obscenity laws.
In the 1970s, Carlin became known for unpredictable performances. He would walk off if no one laughed, verbally insult the audience, or simply not appear.
Carlin unexpectedly stopped performing in 1976 when his career appeared to be at its height. For the next five years, he would rarely appear and performed no stand-up. It would later be revealed that Carlin had suffered a heart attack.
In 1997, Brenda Carlin died of liver cancer. George Carlin did not work for a year following the death of his wife.
In December 2004, Carlin announced that he would be voluntarily entering a drug rehabilitation facility to receive treatment for his dependency on alcohol and painkillers.
As a staunch atheist, Carlin has often denounced the idea of a god in interviews and performances. In mockery he invented a fake religion called "Frisbeetarianism" for a newspaper contest. He defined it as the belief that when one dies "his soul gets flung onto a roof, and just stays there," and can't be retrieved.
James Sherman , the Chicago playwright, revived the joke of this mock religion in his 2002 play "Old Man's Friend" as some comic relief in the context of a daughter reconciling with her father when the doctor diagnoses her dad as having cancer and gives him six months to live. 
- 1966 Take Offs And Put Ons
- FM & AM
- Class Clown
- 1974 Toledo Window Box
- 1975 An Evening With Wally Londo Featuring Bill Slaszo
- 1977 On The Road
- 1978 OGeorge Carlin Again!
- 1981 A Place For My Stuff
- 1984 Carlin On Campus
- 1986 Playin' With Your Head
- 1988 What Am I Doing In New Jersey?
- 1990 Parental Advisory-Explicit Lyrics
- 1992 Jammin' In New York
- 1995 Killer Carlin
- 1996 Back in Town
- 1999 You Are All Diseased
- Napalm & Silly Putty
- Complaints and Grievances
- More Napalm & Silly Putty
- George Carlin On Comedy
- George Carlin - 40 Years in Comedy
- Jersey Girl (2004)
- Scary Movie 3 (2003)
- Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)
- Dogma (1999)
- Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991)
- Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)
- Outrageous Fortune (1987)
- Americathon 1998 (1979)
- Car Wash (1976)
- With Six You Get Eggroll (1968)
- When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? (2004) ISBN 1401301347
- Napalm and Silly Putty (2002) ISBN 0786887583
- Brain Droppings (1997) ISBN 0786883219
- Sometimes a little brain damage can help (1984) ISBN 0894712713
- Shining Time Station (as "Mr. Conductor") (1991-93) PBS
- Numerous specials for Home Box Office
- Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends (as American Narrator and Mr. Conductor) (1991-98)
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