Many of you may have already heard the sad news that the American comedian George Carlin passed away on Sunday 22nd June with heart failure. For those of you who aren’t familiar with his work, Carlin was a very outspoken, sharp stand up comic with a no holds barred approach to comedy who unleashed scathing critiques of politics and modern society. He was a regular of the American comedy scene for decades and was the first person to host the popular Saturday Night Live comedy show. His early work included the controversial ‘Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television‘ routine which led to a court appearance and challenged obscenity laws in the USA. However, younger people might recognise him as Rufus from the BIll and Ted films. Excellent!
Examples of his work can be found on his official website. You might like to check out what he has to say about religion, as well as the classic seven words routine and the later extended and revised version.