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A Tribute to George Carlin hosted by Whoopi Goldberg

March 24, 2010

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George Carlin is remembered for his unique and quintessentially New York voice, his coruscating mastery of the English language and his devastatingly funny insights into such timeless human follies as war, class, moral hypocrisy, God and golf.

Live from the NYPL presents an evening to honor the publication of George Carlin's posthumous “sortabiography” Last Words (written with Tony Hendra).

Whoopi Goldberg will host an eclectic gathering of comedic and cultural icons and friends who come together to celebrate George Carlin’s life, art, extraordinary half-century in comedy and broad cultural influence with readings, anecdotes, memories, personal tributes as well nostalgic selections from some of the greatest performance art of the 20th century - by the guest of honor himself.

About George Carlin
Born in New York City in 1937, George Dennis Patrick Carlin was one of the greatest and most influential stand-up comedians of all time.  He appeared on The Tonight Show more than 130 times, starred in an unprecedented 14 HBO Specials, hosted the first Saturday Night Live and penned three New York Times bestselling books.  Of  the 23 solo albums recorded by Mr. Carlin, 11 were Grammy nominated and he took home the coveted statue five times including a 2001 Grammy win for Best Spoken Comedy Album for his reading of his best seller Brain Droppings.  In 2002, Carlin was awarded the “Freedom of Speech Award” by the First Amendment Center in cooperation with the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado, and he was the named 11th recipient of The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in June of 2008. George Carlin passed away at age 71 on June 22, 2008 in Santa Monica, California.


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Thanks for this.

when Carlin died I was really confused why it wasn't a big deal in the media as it should have been. this is from my perspective living in the uk. his material will echo across the world(on youtube and the likes) as long as the technology exists and it will never cease to inspire others.


It was a huge deal to some of us. BEFORE he died, I remember thinking, "What are we going to do when he dies?" We could use him, and his brain, and his heart -- every day. But I thank him for the time that he gave us. Thanks to the NYPL for posting and hosting this.

For always remembered

Thank you so much for this. I just came across it - and I still watch and rewatch George Carlin on many occasions. Five years after this and seven years after his sad passing away, he still is a beacon of light in a world tormented by wrong morale and hypocricy. Being an actor/ writer myself, he will never seize to inspire me and others all over the world.

We cherish his memory here in Europe, Austria (a country with a great history of cabaret and comedy), as well as in many other continents and countries, and when I think of the United States most fondly, then it is so much due to him, Americans like him, and also these who payed tribue at this wonderful night. We cannot thank you enough for it.

Please know, thousands of miles away, people remember and young artists follow his example. Thank you George Carlin forever.

Not available anymore

Hello, I tried watching this, and apparently it is down. Could you reupload it or otherwise fix this issue? I believe an homage like the one you hosted for him shouldn't be lost so easily. Thank you and greetings from Mexico.