George Carlin Has Died


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A sad loss ...
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."
He will be missed. It is just a shame that a generation will only remember him as "the old guy from Bill & Ted" or "the old hitchhiker from Dogma" instead of as 70's comedy classic.
RIP George Carlin. :crying:

He was simply one of the best comedians ever.....from his "Seven Dirty Words" monolgue to his thoughts on life as expessed through his various works, he was not only a great comedian but a great social commentator as well...he will be truly missed.
George Carlin, Thespian, on DVD Respect the Classics, Man

George Carlin, Thespian, on DVD Respect the Classics, Man

George Carlin's death on Sunday at seventy one reminds me of how much scrappy fun it was to see him anywhere. Yes, that includes movies. Many of them bad movies. Many of them merrily mocked by Carlin himself. But in a DVD week that gives us such flabby newbies as *10,000 B.C., Definitely, Maybe*, and *The Spiderwick Chronicles*, we could do worse than punch a few Carlin movies into our DVD players to see the man in action again and hear his distinctive, hypocrisy-shattering comic voice. I'm thinking now of 1989's *Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure* in which Carlin played Rufus, the guitar-jamming guru (if only the Love Guru had a fraction of his wit) who arrives from the future to help Alex Winter's Bill and Keanu Reeves' Ted. Read his first words and you can hear him saying them:

(Via Rolling Stone)
George Carlin Remembered And Revered By Steve Coogan

George Carlin Remembered And Revered By Steve Coogan

by Tami Katzoff

The English comic/actor Steve Coogan — star of the upcoming flick “Hamlet 2″ — is not nearly as well known here in the U.S. as he is in the U.K. (yet), but he certainly appreciates, and has been influenced by, American comedy. MTV News spoke with Coogan on Monday about the legacy of George Carlin, who passed away the day before.

“The kind of maverick, sort of anti-establishment comedy that’s come out of America is very well-recognized in Britain, and his comedy was in the great tradition of that, of not towing the line, sometimes saying controversial things, but ultimately being sort of life-affirming,” Coogan said. “In some ways comics like that are almost like inspirational teachers. I think that’s why there’s so much adulation now in his passing.”

Carlin’s willingness to go one step further than everyone else is what made him famous. He was crude, he was offensive, but according to Coogan this was not a comic who ever went for the easy laugh. “There’s people who make you laugh because they do a gag, and there’s people who make you laugh because they reveal something that’s truthful about what it is to be a human being, and he was one of those guys.”


(via MTV Movie Blog)