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Class Clown

George Carlin

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Album Review

Comedian George Carlin's definitive monologue was delivered on 1972's Class Clown album in the form of "Seven Dirty Words You Can Never Say on Television." While the majority of routines on Class Clown dealt with Carlin's self examination surrounding his Irish Catholic upbringing, he saved his controversial tour de force as the album's grand finale. The record buying public embraced the album; however, the FCC and Supreme Court held the routine as the epitome of tastelessness, threatening to yank the license of any station that dare play it over public airwaves. George Carlin ran with the torch Lenny Bruce lit a decade earlier and much to Carlin's credit, he put the dirty word issue together in a more concise and universal manner; something that, at times, escaped hipster Bruce. Class Clown was reissued on CD by Atlantic in 2000.


Born: May 12, 1937 in New York, NY

Genre: Comedy

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Famed for his landmark "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television" routine, George Carlin filled the void created by the death of Lenny Bruce, honing a provocative, scathing comic style that bravely explored the limits of free speech and good taste. George Dennis Carlin was born on May 12, 1937, in New York City. While serving a stint in the military, he was stationed in Shreveport, LA, where he began working as a disc jockey; after working with fellow radio personality Jack Burns on a Shreveport...
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