Carlin was to be awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on November 10th. He’s the award’s 11th recipient and it should be a teary affair. Previous winners include Richard Pryor, Carl Reiner, and Bob Newhart.
Carlin will best be remembered for his “Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television” routine. Of course, those seven words, still to this day can’t be uttered, I think. Though I could be wrong. Regardless, he was full of piss and vinegar and the world loved him for it.
“When he uttered all seven at a show in Milwaukee in 1972, he was arrested on charges of disturbing the peace, freed on $150 bail and exonerated when a Wisconsin judge dismissed the case, saying it was indecent but citing free speech and the lack of any disturbance.
“When the words were later played on a New York radio station, they resulted in a 1978 Supreme Court ruling upholding the government’s authority to sanction stations for broadcasting offensive language during hours when children might be listening.
“So my name is a footnote in American legal history, which I’m perversely kind of proud of,” he told The Associated Press earlier this year.“
Stand up routine highlights after the jump.