1. Carlin was noted for his black comedy and his thoughts on politics, the English language, psychology, religion, and various taboo subjects.
2. Carlin and his “Seven dirty words” comedy routine were central to the 1978 U.S. Supreme Court case F.C.C. v.
3. He is widely regarded as one of the most important and influential stand-up comedians: One newspaper called Carlin “the dean of counterculture comedians.” The first of his 14 stand-up comedy specials for HBO was filmed in 1977.
4. He often commented on contemporary political issues in the United States and satirized the excesses of American culture.
5. He was a frequent performer and guest host on The Tonight Show during the three-decade Johnny Carson era, and hosted the first episode of Saturday Night Live.
6. In 2008, he was posthumously awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
7. Carlin was born in Manhattan, New York. He was the younger son of The Sun advertising manager Patrick Carlin , who was an American of Irish ancestry.
8. Mary subsequently raised George and his older brother, Patrick Carlin, Jr. , on her own. His maternal grandfather, Dennis Bearey, was an Irish immigrant who worked as a New York City policeman.
9. He grew up on West 121st Street, in a neighborhood of Manhattan he said he and his friends called “White Harlem”, because that “sounded a lot tougher than its real name” of Morningside Heights. After three semesters, Carlin involuntarily left Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx at age 15.
10. He briefly attended Bishop Dubois High School in Harlem and the Salesian High School in Goshen, New York. He spent many summers at Camp Notre Dame on Spofford Lake in Spofford, New Hampshire.
11. Carlin joined the United States Air Force when he was old enough, and was trained as a radar technician.
12. He was stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City, Louisiana.
13. He also began working as a disc jockey at radio station KJOE, in nearby Shreveport.
14. Labeled an “unproductive airman” by his superiors, Carlin was discharged early on July 29, 1957.