George Carlin

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George "FUCK" Carlin was one of the world's greatest comedians.[1] He was one of the greatest champions of anti-censorship and free speech in the United States. He is possibly best known for his most famous work, a dissertation on the highlights and flaws of an aristocratic society, entitled Shit! Piss! Fuck! Cunt! Cocksucker! Motherfucker! Tits! He was well known to be pessimistic awake, hateful angry, and profane He also was a master of words, and loved to take apart the idiocy that is the human language.

He wrote several books, and received numerous awards. He also played Rufus in the Bill and Ted films. He was also Cardinal Glick in Dogma.[2] Extremely critical of religion, he was known for his long rants about how religion has pretty much fucked us over. He died some time past, and a little bit of light went out of the world. But the great thing about it was, he left us hours and hours of audio and video.[3]

Carlin is often revered by conspiracy theorists (mainly the libertarian Illuminati/Truther Ron Paul variety) because of a scathing piece he performed in his later years, in which he says, among other things, that politicians exist to give the illusion of freedom of choice, and his questions regarding 9/11. Strangely enough, Carlin himself was a democratic socialist and never said outrightly that the US government did perpetrate 9/11, so we guess then he must have been a puppet of the Illuminati, and not the hero the cranks make him out to be?

[edit] I didn't say half the things I've said

Given his popularity and dead-on-target wit, it was inevitable that some quotes which sound like they're by George Carlin, but weren't really by George Carlin, would eventually start making the rounds. Snopes has more than one article about false e-mails claiming to quote Carlin, often involving made-up political rants or glurge. Years before he died, Carlin said of these fake quotes:

I want people to know that I take care with my writing, and try to keep my standards high. But most of this "humor" on the Internet is just plain stupid. I guess hard-core fans who follow my stuff closely would be able to spot the fake stuff, because the tone of voice is so different. But a casual fan has no way of knowing, and it bothers me that some people might believe I'd actually be capable of writing some of this stuff.[4]

Among the things George Carlin didn't really say? The phrase "I didn't say half the things I've said." That was Yogi Berra.

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  1. Although I know some Pythons who would disagree
  2. FUCKING awesome movie
  3. What, you expect I'm gonna put some on here? Look it up yourself you lazy little shit.
  4. Archive copy at the Wayback Machine
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