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By Ed Payne
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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.

Carlin performed as recently as last weekend at the Orleans Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas.

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." Watch Carlin's 7 dirty words routine »

Carlin, who was also an author, was slated to receive the 2008 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in November.

"In his length career as a comedian, writer, and actor, George Carlin has not only made us laugh, but he makes us think," Stephen Schwarzman, Kennedy Center chairman, said in a statement. "His influence on the next generation of comics has been far-reaching."

In a typical wry response, Carlin said: "Thank you Mr. Twain. Have your people call my people."

Carlin hosted the first broadcast of "Saturday Night Live" in October 1975.

He played the character of Mr. Conductor on the PBS series "Shining Time Station" and starred in more than a dozen HBO specials. Carlin was also a regular on The Tonight Show.

He produced 23 comedy albums, 14 HBO specials, three books, a couple of TV shows and appeared in several movies, from his own comedy specials to "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" in 1989 -- a testament to his range from cerebral satire and cultural commentary to downright silliness (and sometimes hitting all points in one stroke), the AP reported.

"Why do they lock gas station bathrooms?" he once mused. "Are they afraid someone will clean them?"

He won four Grammy Awards, each for best spoken comedy album, and was nominated for five Emmy awards, according to AP.

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He was a life long favorite of mine... :cry:
 

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I agree, life long favorite. His seven words you don't use on television is probably my favorite. I use them every so often just to remind myself of his routine... :D
 

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Ya beat me to it, Scottie. George Carlin was my all-time favorite comedian.

So here's my very limited tribute to GC... limited only because of the sheer amount of the material he had.

Quotes:

"The only thing high-definition television will do is provide sharper pictures of the garbage."

"I've never been quarantined. But the more I look around, the more I think it might not be a bad idea."

"I think it's the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately."

"The very existence of flame-throwers proves that some time, somewhere, someone said to themselves, 'You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I'm just not close enough to get the job done.'"

"When Ronald Reagan got Alzheimer's disease, how could they tell?"

"Suggested bumper sticker: 'We are the Proud Parents of a Child Whose Self-Esteem is Sufficient that He Doesn't Need Us Advertising His Minor Scholastic Achievements on the Bumper of Our Car.'"

"If a pig loses its voice, is it disgruntled?"

"Is a vegetarian permitted to eat animal crackers?"

"Before they invented drawing boards, what did they go back to?"

"Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?"

"Electricity is really just organized lightning."

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My favorite GC Rant:

AIRLINES

As soon as they close the door to the aircraft, that's when they begin the safety lecture. I love the safety lecture. This is my favorite part of the airplane ride. I listen very carefully to the safety lecture, especially that part where they teach us how to use the seatbelts. Imagine this, here we are, a plane full of grown human beings, many of us partially educated, and they're actually taking time out to describe the intricate workings of a belt buckle.

"Place the small metal flap into the buckle." Well, I asked for clarification at that point. Over here please, over here, yes, thank you very much. Did I hear you correctly? Did you say place the small metal flap into the buckle or place the buckle over and around the small metal flap? I'm a simple man; I do not possess an engineering degree nor am I mechanically inclined. Sorry to have taken up so much of your time. Please continue with the wonderful safety lecture. Seatbelt---high-tech ****.

The safety lecture continues. "In the unlikely event..." This is a very suspect phrase, especially coming as it does from an industry that is willing to lie about arrival and departure times. "In the unlikely event of a sudden change in cabin pressure (ROOF FLIES OFF!), an oxygen mask will drop down in front of you. Place the mask over your face and breathe normally." Well, I have no problem with that. I always breathe normally when I'm in a 600 mile an hour uncontrolled vertical dive. I also **** normally.

They tell you to adjust YOUR oxygen mask before helping your child with his. I did not need to be told that. In fact, I'm probably going to be too busy screaming to help him at all. This will be a good time for him to learn self-reliance. If he can program his ****ing VCR, he could goddamn, jolly-well learn to adjust an oxygen mask. Fairly simple thing, just a little rubber band in the back is all it is. Not nearly as complicated as say, for instance, a seatbelt.

The safety lecture continues. "In the unlikely event of a water landing (Well, what exactly is a water landing? Am I mistaken, or does this sound somewhat similar to CRASHING INTO THE OCEAN???!!!???), your seat cushion can be used as a floatation device." Well, imagine that, my seat cushion... Just what I need---to float around the North Atlantic for several days, clinging to a pillow full of beer farts...

The next sentence I hear is full of things that piss me off. "Before leaving the aircraft, please check around your immediate seating area for any personal belongings you might have brought onboard." Well, let's start with immediate seating area---SEAT! It's a god**** seat! Check around your seat! "For any personal belongings." Well, what other kinds of belongings are there, besides personal---public belongings? Do these people honestly think I might be traveling with a fountain I stole from the park? "You might have brought onboard." Well! I might have brought my arrowhead collection---I didn't, so I'm not going to look for it! I am going to look for things I brought onboard, which seems to enhance my likelihood of finding something, wouldn't you say?

About this time, they tell you you'll be landing shortly. That sounds to me like we're gonna miss the runway. Final approach is not very promising either, is it? Final is not a good word to be using on an airplane. Sometimes, the pilot will get on and he'll say, "We'll be on the ground in 15 minutes." Well, that's a little vague, isn't it?

Now we're taxiing in, she says, "Welcome to O'Hare International Airport!" Well, how can someone who is just arriving herself possibly welcome me to a place she isn't even at yet? Doesn't this violate some fundamental law of physics? We're only on the ground for 4 seconds; she's coming on like the ****ing mayor's wife! "... where the local time..." Well, of course it's the local time. What did you think we were expecting---the time in Pango Pango?

"Enjoy your stay in Chicago, or wherever your final destination might be." All destinations are final! That's what it means, destiny---final. If you haven't gotten where you're going, you aren't there yet.

"The captain has asked... " More **** from the bogus captain. You know, for someone who's supposed to be flying an airplane, he's taking a mighty big interest in what I'm doing back here. "... that you remain seated until he has brought the aircraft to a complete stop." Not a partial stop, cuz during a partial stop, I partially get up. "Continue to observe the no-smoking sign until well inside the terminal." It's physically impossible to observe the no-smoking sign even if you're standing just outside the door of the airplane, much less well inside the terminal. You can't even see the ****ing planes from well inside the terminal.

Which brings me to "terminal"---another unfortunate word to be used in association with air travel. And they use it all over the airport, don't they? Somehow I just can't get hungry at a place called the "Terminal Snack Bar". But, if you've ever eaten there, you know it IS an appropriate name.

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RIP, GC!
 

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Wow... this was unexpected. One of my co-workers just saw him at the local Performing Arts Center at the beginning of the month. She said he was great. What a shame. Makes me wish I had gone to see him too. R.I.P. G.C...
 

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Surfscape said:
He was certainly one of the greats in comedy. He was one of my favorites too. :clap: :clap:

You think he can still do his routine at his new venue? :shades:
...they're in stitches :yes:
 

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Rest in piece George. Your style and wit will be missed.
 

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It's sad to think he's no longer out there, "keepin' it real" as us old fogeys used to say. I still have my vinyl copies of Class Clown and FM&AM. Makes me wish I had a good needle for my old turntable.

RIP GC, and thanks for the laughs and for making us think. :lol: :lol: :clap: :clap: :cry: :cry:
 

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I saw him last year here in Indy. I truly am thankful I had the opportunity to see him in person! RIP GC!
 

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GreatEscape2004 said:
It's sad to think he's no longer out there, "keepin' it real" as us old fogeys used to say. I still have my vinyl copies of Class Clown and FM&AM. Makes me wish I had a good needle for my old turntable.

RIP GC, and thanks for the laughs and for making us think. :lol: :lol: :clap: :clap: :cry: :cry:
Very well said, thanks
 

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Rest in peace, he was one of the greatest comedians I'd ever heard. :kneel:
 

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George Carlin will be missed.
 

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Heard this coming home from work monday morning, I was shocked always wanted to see one of his acts live but never did. :(
 

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Same here. He was here several times in the past few years, and I always had some dumb excuse for not going.

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They'll be running the original SNL Saturday night. He was the original host. A MUST NOT miss.
 
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