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Big bummer: George Carlin is dead

post #1 of 10
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I REALLY liked Carlin, and did so many years. Only saw him live twice, both times while he was working on material for an HBO special (both times also in vegas).

This is a bummer big time

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Comedian George Carlin, a counter-culture hero famed for his routines about drugs and dirty words, died of heart failure at a Los Angeles-area hospital on Sunday, a spokesman said. He was 71.
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Carlin, who had a history of heart problems, died at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica about 6 p.m. PDT (9 p.m. EDT) after being admitted earlier in the afternoon for chest pains, spokesman Jeff Abraham told Reuters.

Known for his edgy, provocative material, Carlin achieved status as an anti-Establishment icon in the 1970s with stand-up bits full of drug references and a routine about seven dirty words you could not say on television. A regulatory battle over a radio broadcast of his "Filthy Words" routine ultimately reached the U.S. Supreme Court.

(Reporting by Dean Goodman; Editing by Patricia Zengerle)
post #2 of 10
i only saw him live once about 13 years ago. i've always liked him, especially some of his older stuff, like 'the hippy-dippy weather man Al Sleet'.
post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 
yeah me too. I do have some dislikes about him (not to disrespect him in passing) but I didn't like that after about half way through his act we had to listen to an hour of his political views.

Loved his jokes, don't care what his beliefs were.
post #4 of 10
This saddens me. He was one of my favourite comedians of all time; I found him sharp, intelligent, and hilarious. He will definitely be missed.
post #5 of 10
Oh no

I loved Carlin!

May he rest in peace
post #6 of 10
aww that's sooo sad

may he RIP (I love that he was on the kids show shinning times station )
post #7 of 10
I saw him front-row-center many times over a period of 25 years, because all the males in my life loved him too. He was always political, but as he grew older, he seemed to stop caring whether he was also funny -- he was just determined to get his message out there, and I admire that.

It takes some courage to maintain his kind of righteous anger into old age, through serious illness, in spite of severe criticism. I didn't always entirely agree with him... but by golly, I respected him.

Somebody help me remember the name of the Doris Day/Rock Hudson movie he was in... he played a hippy-dippy ice cream truck driver, I think...
post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by goonie View Post
i only saw him live once about 13 years ago. i've always liked him, especially some of his older stuff, like 'the hippy-dippy weather man Al Sleet'.
Is that the one you were talking about?
post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by CarolPetunia View Post
Somebody help me remember the name of the Doris Day/Rock Hudson movie he was in... he played a hippy-dippy ice cream truck driver, I think...
He was credited in "With Six You Get Eggroll" with Doris Day in 1968, but Hudson wasn't in it. I checked to match Hudson and Carlin, but nothing came up in IMDb. He may be have been uncredited... dunno.

I always got a kick out of him... he was bold and spoke his mind... guts, I tell ya, he had 'em.

may he RIP.

Amanda
post #10 of 10
I was so sad when I herd. I went to check my email and I saw a little yahoo add that said "george carlin dead at 72"...I had to do a double take...and think I acutally said the words "what???" to...umm....myself. I was just talking with a friend about how much I liked him yesterday. Wow. So sad. A big loss.
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