Although perhaps a bit dated, George Carlin's infamous "seven dirty words" routine is still one of the most famous — and funniest — standup shticks of all time. The world has come to expect nothing less of Carlin, the first person to host Saturday Night Live (on October 11, 1975) and Comedy Central's second-greatest standup comedian of all time (he came in second to Richard Pryor's first, and is followed by Lenny Bruce).
Carlin's career has been going strong since the 1960s, when he appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show and was a frequent guest host on The Tonight Show. He was even present for Lenny Bruce's arrest for obscenity, and earned himself a ride to jail right along with Bruce because he told the police he didn't believe in government-issued IDs.
Of course, Carlin's been keeping busy since then; he's appeared in Kevin Smith's Dogma and voiced a character in Cars, plus he created eighteen original comedy albums — not to mention his numerous standup and television appearances. Tonight you can catch Carlin live at the Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex; tickets are $45 to $75, and proceeds will benefit KBDI-TV/Channel 12. Visit www.ticketmaster.com or call 303-830-8497 for tickets and information.
Sat., April 12, 8 p.m., 2008
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