George Carlin passed away 6 years ago on June 22nd 2008. 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.

Live from the NYPL presents an evening to honor George Carlin, on the occasion of the publication of Last Words.

6 minute clip

Full show: A Tribute to George Carlin hosted by Whoopi Goldberg



About George Carlin
Born in New York City in 1937, George Dennis Patrick Carlin was one of the greatest and most influential stand-up comedians of all time.  He appeared on The Tonight Show more than 130 times, starred in an unprecedented 14 HBO Specials, hosted the first Saturday Night Live and penned three New York Times bestselling books.  Of  the 23 solo albums recorded by Mr. Carlin, 11 were Grammy nominated and he took home the coveted statue five times including a 2001 Grammy win for Best Spoken Comedy Album for his reading of his best seller Brain Droppings.  In 2002, Carlin was awarded the “Freedom of Speech Award” by the First Amendment Center in cooperation with the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado, and he was the named 11th recipient of The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in June of 2008. George Carlin passed away at age 71 on June 22, 2008 in Santa Monica, California.


Category: Humor, Weekend

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One Response to “Tribute to George Carlin”

  1. Hoosier89 says:

    This was great. Thanks for the post, Barry.

    When I was 10 (a long time ago) my brother and I saw George on the Tonight Show and thought he was great. We pooled our paper route money together and the next day went down to Woolworth’s to buy one of his albums. We went home and played it over and over until…..our Dad walked by our room just as Seven Things You Cannot Say on TV or Radio was playing. He barged in, looked at us both and, without saying a word, ripped it off the turntable and smashed it on the desk. God that was a great day.