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George Dennis Carlin is a Grammy-winning American stand-up comedian, actor, and author. He is mostly known for his irreverent attitude and his observations on language, psychology, and religion along with many taboo subjects. In fact, Carlin and his Seven Dirty Words comedy routine were central to the 1978 U.S. Supreme Court case F.C.C. v. Pacifica Foundation. In this case, the government's right to regulate Carlin's act on the public airwaves was affirmed with a narrow 5-4 decision by the justices.
The flaws in modern day America are attacked in the most recent stand up routines of George Carlin.
He satirizes the excesses of American culture and often takes on contemporary political issues in the United States.
George Carline has the honor of being the second greatest stand-up comedian of all time behind Richard Pryor.
George Carline was born in New York on May 12, 1937. He grew up on West 121st Street, in a neighborhood of Manhattan. He was raised by his mother. She left his father when Carlin was two years old. Carlin dropped out of Cardinal Hayes high school at age 14. He later started training as a radar technician by joining the United States Air Force.
George began working as a disc jockey on KJOE when he was stationed at Barksdale AFB in Bossier City, Louisiana. KJOE was a radio station based in the nearby city of Shreveport. He did not complete his Air Force enlistment. Carlin was discharged on being labeled as an unproductive airman by his superiors on July 29, 1957.
Carlin and Jack Burns began as a comedy team when both were working for radio station KXOL in Fort Worth In 1959. The two headed for California in February 1960 and worked together for two years.
Carlin availed the opportunities of appearing on television variety shows in the 1960s. The Ed Sullivan Show was the most notable show. His most famous routines included The Indian Sergeant (You wit' the beads... get outta line) ,Stupid disc jockeys (Wonderful WINO...) ? The Beatles' latest record, and , turning to partly light in the morning. Etc.
Eventually, Carlin changed his routines, and his appearance. By dressing strangely, sporting a beard and earrings, Carlin lost some TV bookings. However, he was able to regain his popularity as the public caught on to his sense of style.
Recorded on Class Clown, Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television is perhaps his best-known routine. Carlin was charged with violating obscenity laws after performing this routine and was arrested in 1972 at Milwaukee's Summerfest. In 1973, a man 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. By a vote of 5 to 4, tThe U.S. Supreme Court upheld the FCC action, 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.
1980s and 1990s
1981 saw the return of Carlin to stage. He released his album, ?A Place For My Stuff? which was considered by many to be his best album since Class Clown. Carlin made a victorious return to HBO (and to his hometown) with his Carnegie special videotaped at Carnegie Hall which was aired during the 1982-83 season. Over the following decade and a half, Carlin continued doing HBO specials every year or every other year. All of Carlin's albums from this time forward are the HBO specials.
Carlin has the honor of receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 15th Annual American Comedy Awards in 2001.