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Comedian George Carlin dies at 71

Seven words that you can never say on TV. Some people are stupid. Stuff. People I can do without.

George Carlin, who died of heart failure on Sunday aged 71, not only leaves a number of memorable routines behind but a legal legacy: his acclaimed monologue, a frantic, informed riff on those infamous seven words, resulted in a Supreme Court decision offensive Radiate speech.

The counterculture hero's jokes also targeted things like inappropriate shame, religious hypocrisy, and linguistic quirks - why, he asked, are we driving on a parkway and parking in a driveway?

Carlin, who had a history of heart problems, went to St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica Sunday afternoon complained of chest pain and died later that evening, his publicist Jeff Abraham said. He had just played at the Orleans Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas last weekend.

"He was a genius and I'll miss him dearly," Jack Burns, who was the second half of a comedy duo with Carlin in the early 1960s, told the Associated Press.

Actor Ben Stiller called Carlin “a very influential force in stand-up comedy. He had an amazing mind and his sense of humor was brave and kept challenging us to look at ourselves and question our belief systems while he was incredibly entertaining. He was one of the greats. "

Carlin repeatedly overcame the accepted boundaries of comedy and language, especially with his routine with the “Seven Words” - which are still taboo on television today.

In 1972, when he raised all seven of them at a show in Milwaukee, he was arrested on charges of disturbing the peace, released on bail of $ 150, and acquitted when a Wisconsin judge denied the case, saying it was indecent but quoted the freedom of speech disorder.

When the words were later played on a New York radio station, they resulted in a 1978 Supreme Court ruling confirming the government's authority to sanction stations that broadcast offensive language during hours when children were listening.

"My name is a footnote in American legal history that I'm perversely proud of," he told the Associated Press earlier this year.

First host of “Saturday Night Live”
Despite his reputation as sacrosanct disrespectful, Carlin was a TV staple over the decades, hosting the "Saturday Night Live" debut in 1975 - on his website that he was "loaded on cocaine all week" - and some appear 130 times on "The Tonight Show".

He produced 23 comedy albums, 14 HBO specials, three books, a couple of TV shows, and appeared in several films, from his own comedy specials to Bill's and Ted's Excellent Adventure in 1989 - a testament to his range of cerebral Satire and Culture Commentary on downright silliness (and sometimes hits all the points at once).

"Why are they locking the gas station bathrooms?" He mused once. "Are you afraid that someone will clean you?"

In one of his most famous routines, Carlin railed against euphemisms that he said are so prevalent that no one can simply "die".

“Older sounds a little better than, old‘, doesn't it? ”He said. “Sounds like it will take a little longer. … I'm getting old. And it's fine. Because thanks to our fear of death in this country, I don't have to die - I will “die”. Or I'll "phase out" like a magazine subscription. If it happens in the hospital, they'll call it a "terminal episode". The insurance company will refer to it as a "negative patient care outcome". And if it's the result of wrongdoing, they'll say it was a therapeutic mishap. "‘

He won four Grammy Awards, each for best comedy album, and was nominated for five Emmy Awards. It was announced on Tuesday that Carlin has received the 11th Mark Twain Award for American Humor, which will be presented in Washington on November 10th and will be broadcast on PBS.

"Nobody was funnier than George Carlin," said Judd Apatow, director of recent hit comedies such as Knocked Up and The 40-Year-Old Virgin. “I spent half of my childhood in my room and listening to his recordings was pure joy. And he was as nice as he was funny. "

Carlin began his career on the traditional nightclub circuit in a coat and tie paired with Burns to spoof TV game shows, news, and movies. Perhaps, despite the ostracized soul, George was pretty conservative when I met him, Burns said, referring to himself as the leftmost of the two. It was a level of separation that would be reversed when they encountered Lenny Bruce, the original shock comic, in the early 1960s.

“We worked in Chicago and we went to Lenny's and we were both blown away,” Burns said, remembering the moment as the beginning of the end of their collaboration (though not their close friendship). “It was an epiphany for George. The comedy we were doing back then wasn't exactly groundbreaking, and George knew then that he wanted to go in a different direction. "

That direction would make Carlin a social commentator and philosopher, a comedian, a position he would enjoy over the years.

Take on “profanity”"The whole problem with this idea of ​​profanity and immorality, and all of those things - bad language and whatever - it's all caused by one fundamental thing, and that's religious superstition," Carlin told the AP in a 2004 interview . “There is an idea that the human body is kind of bad and bad, and that parts of it are especially bad and bad, and we should be ashamed. Fear, guilt, and shame are built into attitudes towards sex and the body. … It is reflected in these prohibitions and taboos that we have. "

Carlin was born on May 12, 1937 and grew up in the Morningside Heights area of ​​Manhattan, raised by a single mother. After leaving high school in ninth grade, he joined the Air Force in 1954. He received three prison terms and numerous disciplinary sentences, according to its official website.

While in the Air Force, he began working as a disc jockey for a radio station in Shreveport, La. After receiving a general layoff in 1957, he accepted a job with WEZE in Boston.

“Fired after three months for driving a mobile news van to New York to buy a pot,” it says on its website.

From there he went to a night shift job as a deejay on a radio station in Fort Worth, Texas. Carlin also worked a variety of temporary jobs including a carnival organist and marketing director for a peanut brittle.

His break with Jack PaarIn 1960, he went to Hollywood with Burns, a Texas radio buddy, to pursue a nightclub career as the Burns & Carlin comedy team. He left with $ 300, but his first hiatus came just months later when the duo appeared on Jack Couple's "Tonight Show".

Carlin said he hoped to emulate childhood hero Danny Kaye, the kind, rubbery comedian who ruled over the decade Carlin grew up in the 1950s - with a sly but gentle sense of humor that reflected the time.

It didn't work for him, and the couple broke up in 1962.

“I was doing superficial comedy that entertained people who really didn't care: business people, people in nightclubs, conservative people. And I've been doing that for almost 10 years when I finally realized I was in the wrong place, doing the wrong things for the wrong people, "Carlin said recently as he was preparing for his 14th HBO special, Bad For Ya. "

Eventually, Carlin lost the buttoned look and favored the beard, ponytail, and black clothing for which he was known.

But even with his decidedly adult comedy, Carlin has never lost his childish sense of nonsense, even expressing child-friendly projects like episodes from the TV show “Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends” and the spacey Volkswagen Bus Fillmore in the 2006 Pixar hit “Cars . ”

Carlin's first wife, Brenda, died in 1997. He leaves behind his wife, Sally Wade; Daughter Kelly Carlin McCall; Son-in-law Bob McCall; Brother Patrick Carlin; and sister-in-law Marlene Carlin.