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Probably the most influential man in molding my beliefs.

  • Dec 18, 2008
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George Carlin is perhaps the most influential person to have shaped my beliefs on religion, American culture, and psychology.

I first heard a comedy sketch of his back in junior high. I was probably too young to understand most of it then, but throughout high school, I kept listening. I even made several CDs just of his routines and my friends and I would listen to them on our countless road trips. Once, I played several of his routines for an English teacher of mine while we were on a road trip with some friends. She loved it and we had a discussion that lasted for several hours just on some of the dumbest idioms in our language (like, what does "personal belongings" mean, anyways, when you're on a flight? As Carlin said, are there such things as "public belongings" such as a "fountain I stole from the park?").

During college, I still listened to Carlin and began to understand more and more what he was making fun of. For each sociology or economics course, there was an appropriate Carlin routine.

Looking back, I can say that most of my liberal beliefs on religion, language, economics, sociology, and many more taboo subjects have been shaped by what Carlin said in his routines. I'm thankful I began listening to him at a young enough age, and that my parents didn't try to block me from listening to his material.

I truly regret not having gone to see him in person while he was still alive. I hope he knows just how many people he's helped shape, though. It's selfish of me to say this, but I almost wish there were some memorial to him that I could visit just to pay my respects. But according to his desires, his remains were cremated and scattered. Oh well, that's so typical of him!

If, like with many other comedians, you're not easily offended by mocking certain aspects of our culture, religion, or language, then you'll love George Carlin's material.

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The greatest stand-up comic ever, George Carlin was instrumental in shaping a number of my beliefs and putting me onto the little quirks and nuances of the english language. Yeah, he swore a lot, but he had whole routines about how weird language can be sometimes. He was so sharp and observant, he could pass for a great social critic.
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George Denis Patrick Carlin was an American actor, comedian, and author. He was best known for his routines on American culture, psychology, religion, taboo subjects, and the English Language. His "Seven Dirty Words" comedy routine played a central role in the Supreme Court's landmark 1978 ruling in FCC v. Pacifica Foundation, which affirmed that the US Federal Government has the authority to regulate and limit indecent material on public airwaves.

Carlin was born May 12, 1937 in New York City where he was raised. After high school, he joined the US Air Force and was stationed in Louisiana. There, he worked at a radio station but was fired for being unproductive. He later moved to California and put together an audition tape and began co-hosting on numerous radio stations.

At Milwaukee's Summerfest in 1972, Carlin performed his "Seven Dirty Words" routine and was arrested thereafter for violating obscenity laws. He was released in December and continued to perform stand up routines. Throughout the 1980s, 90s, and 2000s, he stared in several films, including  Dogma and Scary Movie 3.

On June 22, 2008, Carlin was admitted to a hospital complaining of chest pains. He died later that evening. In accordance with his wishes, his remains were cremated and no public or religious service of any kind was held, although numerous television stations paid tribute to his legacy. His daughter Kelly plans to publish an oral history of her father in ...
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