A comedian who was more than just a comedian

sans serif records with regret the demise of George Carlin, the gold standard for standup comedians in Santa Monica, California, on Sunday. He was 71.

Irreverent and strangely philosophical, Carlin’s “Seven Dirty Words” comedy routine were central to the 1978 U.S. Supreme Court case F.C.C. v. Pacifica Foundation, in which a narrow 5-4 decision by the justices affirmed the government’s right to regulate Carlin’s act on the public airwaves.

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Also read: George Carlin quotes

New York Times’ obituary

‘Seven words you can never say on TV’

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