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RIP George Carlin.
Damn. Just found out, almost by accident, that George Carlin died a couple of days ago. Bugger. I was hoping to see him on my trip to the US next year... Dude was "only" 71.

I only got into him last year when I stumbled upon some of his work in youtube (I think). I quickly realised I heard his stuff on the radio in the past, and indeed some of it sampled in various songs. His sketch suggesting that the bet place to build houses for the homeless on Americas golf courses I'd heard somewhere. And an obscure band from here in Melbourne ("Incline" for those interested) sampled his line "the planet is fine, but people are fucked!"

George was famous for his "seven words you can't say on television" routine. Interestingly, the list of words actually changed over the years.

The Comedy Channel has a LOT of Video Tributes to him.

He reminded me a lot of Bill Hicks, who I am also a fan of. Hicks really only produced three or four albums, George had been recording since the early sixties! On one of his albums he talks about celebrating fifty years in show business. That's impressive.

"You know how I describe the economic and social classes in this country? The upper class keeps all of the money, pays none of the taxes. The middle class pays all of the taxes does all of the work. The poor are there just to scare the shit out of the middle class, keep them showing up at those jobs!" - George Carlin