George Carlin was a controversial comedian who "along with wordplay and sex jokes, always included politics as part of his material but by the mid-1980s he had become a strident social critic in both his HBO specials and the book compilations of his material, bashing both conservatives and liberals alike."
In 2001, Carlin was given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 15th Annual American Comedy Awards.
On June 18, 2008, four days before his death, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. announced that Carlin would be the 2008 honoree of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, which was awarded on November 10, 2008. Carlin thus became the award's first posthumous recipient, a decision the Kennedy Center made after consulting with both Carlin's family and PBS (which aired the ceremony). The comedians who honored him at the ceremony included Jon Stewart, Bill Maher, Lily Tomlin (a former Twain Humor Prize winner herself), Lewis Black, Denis Leary, Joan Rivers, and Margaret ChoHe won 5 Grammy Awards for his comedy albums.
He once told his audience:"I have always been willing to put myself at great personal risk for the sake of entertainment. And I've always been willing to put you at great personal risk, for the same reason!"
He was an ardent supporter of free speech, whether you liked it or not. He died at the age of 71. Which is really to bad cause we are betting he would have had a heap of fun were he around now.
See here for more on George Carlin. Be sure to check out Lenny Bruce also. Another comedian who. along with Richard Pryor pushed the limits and bucked the system. It's amazing how current their body of work remains.Add to Technorati Favorites