George Carlin, the Babe Ruth of stand-up comedy, died Saturday night at the age of 71. Meanwhile, a healthy Larry the Cable Guy bought a new fishing pole, proving that the world is not fair.
Carlin, who had a history of heart trouble, went into St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica on Sunday afternoon complaining of chest pain and died later that evening, said his publicist, Jeff Abraham. He had performed as recently as last weekend at the Orleans Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas. He was 71.
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).
He won four Grammy Awards, each for best spoken comedy album, and was nominated for five Emmy awards. On Tuesday, it was announced that Carlin was being awarded the 11th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, which will be presented Nov. 10 in Washington and broadcast on PBS. [Yahoo]
That’s right, he was getting this year’s Mark Twain Prize before he died. George Carlin should be an example for every edgy young comedian today who gets famous, then has a kid and abruptly decides to do clean, lame, family-friendly comedy. Carlin had kids. Carlin was still calling you a cocksucker a week before he died. Boy, I should really have that first cup of coffee before I write the day’s first post.