Long Live George Carlin

George Carlin died Sunday at 71 of heart failure. He was a comic legend who leaves a legacy of challenging our basic rights like freedom of speech (which he fought through the Supreme Court), but his model of challenging political and economic conventions through informed immaturity paved the way for satire institutions like The Onion and The Daily Show. Below is a mere four minutes of his signature style found throughout 23 comedy albums, 14 HBO specials, three books and various TV shows and movies. We bow deeply to the master on this dark day. But George Carlin’s legacy will always live…after all how can anyone ever “take a dump” in their daily life without remembering that it was Carlin who so astutely questioned why we don’t call it “leaving a dump.”