“Gee. He was just here a minute ago.” - George Carlin passes away at 71.

One of my favorite comedians has died:

LOS ANGELES, California (CNN)—Comedian-actor George Carlin, known for his raunchy but insightful humor, died of heart failure Sunday in Los Angeles, his publicist said. He was 71.

Jeff Abraham says Carlin went into St. John’s Health Center on Sunday afternoon, complaining of chest pain. Carlin died at 5:55 p.m. PDT, The Associated Press reported.

Carlin, who had a history of heart trouble, performed as recently as last weekend at the Orleans Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas.

“He was a genius and I will miss him dearly,” Jack Burns, who was the other half of a comedy duo with Carlin in the early 1960s, told the AP.

Carlin was best known for his routine “Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television,” which appeared in 1972’s “Class Clown” album.

When Carlin uttered all seven at a show in Milwaukee in 1972, he was arrested for disturbing the peace, the AP reported. The comedy sketch prompted a landmark indecency case after WBAI-FM radio aired it in 1973.

The case was appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court where the justices ruled on a 5-to-4 vote that the sketch was “indecent but not obscene,” giving the FCC broad leeway to determine what constituted indecency on the airwaves.

“So my name is a footnote in American legal history, which I’m perversely kind of proud of,” Carlin said. “In the context of that era, it was daring.”

“It just sounds like a very self-serving kind of word. I don’t want to go around describing myself as a ‘groundbreaker’ or a ‘difference-maker’ because I’m not and I wasn’t,” he said. “But I contributed to people who were saying things that weren’t supposed to be said.”

The title of this entry is what Carlin said he’d like folks to say upon hearing of his death so it seemed only appropriate. The following is a bit called “Modern Man” from one of his HBO specials:

He was a funny man and I’ll miss him greatly.

Get ready to cue the various editorial cartoonists depicting his arrival in Heaven in spite of the fact that he was an avowed atheist.

8 thoughts on ““Gee. He was just here a minute ago.” - George Carlin passes away at 71.

  1. That’s a damn shame, hearing him go off on a rant about political correctness was always one of my comedy favourites. It’s going to make reading the rest of “When will Jesus bring the pork chops” a very sad thing now. I’ll still laugh my ass off till the end though.

  2. Shit Piss Fuck Cunt Cocksucker Motherfucker Tits

    I guess that now he can finally go somewhere and leave all his “stuff” behind.

    And my favorite, Religion is Bullshit!

    George, where ever you are, you will be missed!

  3. Results like these do not belong on the resume of a Supreme Being! 

    George Carlin will certainly be missed.  Also, I should have petitioned Joe Pesci a long time ago to solve my neighbor problems raspberry

  4. I certainly hope George doesn’t go to heaven. I would then miss him for all eternity. Thanks for the memories.

  5. Fuck! I knew I should have gotten tickets when he came though Denver last time.

    He was my favorite comedian, I’ll miss him dearly.

  6. I never had the privilege of seeing him live, and I figured being Australian I never would. It’s a bit of a shame that he never did shows outside of the US (to my knowledge). A while ago I was talking to workmates about comedians – and I just had to mention him because he’s my favourite. My mention of his name drew blank stares from my colleagues – this from a group of people familiar with Bill Hicks!

  7. I was in college when he started to do the college circuit, he was much more than just the seven words. I followed him around America when I was a project manager he always challenged his audience to think. He was a cynical-positive man, if that makes sense! I think he lives on in all our memories which is all that any of us could wish for.  Now I got to go get some of his stuff.


  8. Challenging people to think? That’s sacrilegious! Yeah, that’s George!!!  LOL

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