Posts Tagged ‘Stand Up Comedy’
Tags: George Carlin, Last Words, Saving the Planet, Stand Up Comedy
George Denis Patrick Carlin (May 12, 1937 – June 22, 2008) was an American stand-up comedian, social critic, actor, and author, who won five Grammy Awards for his comedy albums. Carlin was noted for his black humor as well as his thoughts on politics, the English language, psychology, religion, and various taboo subjects. Often labeled a comedic genius by his peers, his work and words continue to live on, and this week Whoopi Goldberg hosted a tribute event “Live from the NYPL” an evening to honour the publication of George Carlin’s posthumous “sortabiography” Last Words (written with Tony Hendra).
Carlin placed second on the Comedy Central cable television network list of the 100 greatest stand-up comedians, ahead of Lenny Bruce and only just behind Richard Pryor. He is remembered for his unique and quintessentially New York voice, his coruscating mastery of the English language and his devastatingly funny insights into such timeless human follies as war, class, moral hypocrisy, God and golf.