The original offensive comedian, alongside the greats of Lenny Bruce and Richard Pryor. He was possibly the first openly atheist entertainer, continuing to piss off Christians until he died on June 22, 2008.
George Carlin broke through in the 60's. At this time, he was still the bane of humanity, although a funny one. Of course, I'm talking about...hippies.
The Obvious Solution
He might have been a hippie, but the 60's was where he broke through. Another interesting factoid is that he was arrested with Lenny Bruce. Bruce was arrested on obscenity, Carlin was arrrested for refusing to give a police officer his ID, saying that he "Didn't believe in Government issued identification." Remember, this was the 60's, where just looking at a cop funny would be met with you ending up with something unnaturally large in your anus, such as a baton. So this proved that he was not only a funny comedian, but he also had balls of adamantium , unlike the youth of today.
Lord of the Nerds
Carlin's most famous routine came in 1972, Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television. The list is as follows: Shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker, and tits. He was arrested again, this time for public indecency And...
Holy shit! I'm surprised they didn't confuse him with Charlie Manson. Also, where the fuck did he get the sweet Shroud of Turin shirt?
Of course, his standup career kept going throughout the 80's and 90's. But Carlin did one thing that everyone thought impossible: He discovered fucking Time Travel.
Fuck...accidently got to the 7th dimension.
Okay, so he didn't really find time travel. But he did play Bill and Ted's time traveling mentor Rufus in Excellent Adventure and Bogus Journey. He was also the narrator for the US version of Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends.
You are now imagining Thomas saying "Shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker, and tits"
He was also, ironically, a Roman Catholic Cardinal in Kevin Smith's Dogma.
Meanwhile, in Bizzaro world.
After 50 years of comedy and excessive amounts of drugs, George carlin died of heart failure on June 22, 2008. He was 71 years old, which is fucking incredible considering the mans drug intake was that of Tony Montana, Ol Dirty Bastard, and Chris Farley put together.
Although on a more serious side, thank you George. You changed my view on many things, from comedy, to politics and religion. You were a great comedian, and I find it a bit ironic that your remains are scattered all over the world now, because you had an impact on every comedians life. Everytime the wind picks up, you might have a piece of George sitting there on your doorstep. Every comedian today, including the writers for Cracked and other sites, owe something to Carlin.