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With being awarded the first posthumous Mark Twain Award for American Humor, George Carlin has been galvanized as one of the country's most respected, accomplished and influential comedians ever. With a comic career that spanned 50 years, Carlin lived in American culture the way few people do. He will be remembered as one of the most established anti-establishment figures of the 20th century and his comedy will be influencing American for generations to come.
How many comedians can say that they were the subject of a Supreme Court ruing on free speech? Carlin can. His Seven Words You Can Never Say on TV was the subject the 1978 U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding that government may sanction broadcasters who air offensive language when children might be listening. Carlin pushed the boundaries of polite society since the beginning and never looked back. For his astute observations and insights, Carlin was rewarded with the admiration of a nation. Carlin won four Grammys, was the first host of "Saturday Night Live" in 1975 and made over a dozen TV specials for HBO. His 23 comedy albums will go down as some of the funniest and most insightful comedy in history. When Comedy Central named the 100 greatest comedians ever, Carlin was second, behind only Richard Prior.
Carlin's influence can be heard in the material of comedians everywhere. Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Louis CK, Bill Cosby, Lewis Black, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Bill Maher, Steven Wright, and many more of the best comedians in the world would not be the same if they had never heard Carlin's material. Ticket Liquidator would like to salute George Carlin as an unrivaled comedic genius who will be a part of Americana forever.