George Carlin's career - 1970s

George Carlin knew moderate success until the mid 1970's when he changed both his comedy routines and his appearance by adopting a less conventional and more vulgar comedy routine.

By dressing strangely for a comedian of that time, George Carlin lost some TV bookings, but gained new fans wearing faded jeans, beard and long hair and writing for his stand up comedy shows, explosive routines about sensitive issues like Vietnam, politics, religion, American culture, or drugs.

George Carlin's new look was presented by Ed Sullivan in a performance of "The Hair Piece" and quickly regained his popularity as the public caught on to his sense of style.On 8th of July 1972, took place comedian' s first show at Carnegie Hall, New York City.

Carlin's first Mugshot

On 21st of July 1972, George Carlin got arrested at Summerfest in Milwaukee for using in his comedy show obscene language in front of wheelchair-bound children.On 27th of May 1972 George Carlin recorded the album "Class Clown" at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, California. The album was released on September 1972 and includes one of the funniest routines "How Much is That Dog Crap in the Window", "I Used to Be Irish Catholic". and perhaps comedian's best-known routine "Seven Words You Can Never Say on TV".George Carlin routine is still known as George Carlin 7 words.

In March 1973, George Carlin received Grammy award for the album "FM & AM", which had been recorded on 25-26th of June 1971 at Cellar Door, Washington, D.C and released in January, 1972. The album includes routines like "The Hair Poem", "Divorce Game", "Shoot (Shit with two O's)", and "Let's Make A Deal".

In March 1973 the funniest comedian ever recorded the album "Occupation: Foole" at Circle Star Theater, San Carlos, California which was released on October, 1973. The comedy album includes "White Harlem", "New York Voices", and "Childhood Cliches".

On 30th October 1973, WBAI-FM radio in New York played George Carlin' s routine "Filthy Words" cut from "Occupation Foole" album. The radio station received a citation from the FCC, for broadcasting "obscene" material and went to court.The U.S. Supreme Court rulled that George Carlin routine was "indecent but not obscene" and the FCC had authority to prohibit the broadcasting of this routine during hours when children were likely to listen.

On July 20, 1974 George Carlin recorded comedy album "Toledo Window Box" at Paramount Theater, Oakland, California, which was released on November, 1974. Comedian's album includes "God", "A Few More Farts" and "Nursery Rhymes".

First Grammy Nomination

On March 18, 1975 George Carlin recorded the comedy album "An Evening with Wally Londo, Featuring Bill Slazso", comedy album which was released on October 1975. George Carlin stand up comedy album was nominated for Grammy award and includes one of comedian's funniest routines: "Teenage Masturbation", "Bodily Functions", "High on the Plane" and an early, incomplete version of the famous George Carlin "Baseball and Football" routine.

On 11th of October 1975 George Carlin was the host of the very first broadcast of the famous sketch comedy show, "Saturday Night Live", The comedian's new comedy album brought him success from the younger public because George Carlin shared his anti-establishment views by being the first host of the risque TV show Saturday Night Live.

In the Fall of 1976, George Carlin found a way to get weekly network exposure, by appearing on about ten "Tony Orlando & Dawn" comedy / variety show on CBS-TV. The comedian had a special deal, appearing only in stand up comedy, without sketches or other numbers involved. George Carlin also appeared regularly on CBS Television's Tony Orlando & Dawn comedy / variety series in the following season, 1976-1977

On 3rd of October 1976, George Carlin stand up comedy album, "On The Road", was recorded at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles and was released one year later in April, 1977. The comedy album includes many famous routines like "Death and Dying" "How's Your Dog?", "Rules, Rules, Rules" and "Supermarkets".

First HBO Special

On 5th of March 1977, took place George Carlin's first HBO stand up comedy show special, "On Location: George Carlin at USC". The comedy show was taped at USC, Los Angeles. George Carlin video "On Location: George Carlin at USC" includes comedian's funny routines like "Monopoly", "Dogs & Cats", "Names", "Supermarkets" and "Words".

In all, George Carlin did 14 such specials comedy shows, including 2008's "It's Bad For Ya!".One year later, on 21st - 23rd of July 1978 was recorded George Carlin's second HBO stand-up comedy special, "On Location: George Carlin at Phoenix". The comedy show, including routines like "Death", "The Long Newscast", "Time" and "Kids & Parents" was taped at Celebrity Star Theater, Phoenix.

On the 1st of December 1978 was released George Carlin's collection of some of comedian's filthier album material recorded since 1971. The comedy collection, named "Indecent Exposure", includes routines like "Urinals Are 50% Universal", "Cute Little Farts" and "Filthy Words".


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