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Irish Atheists Use Carlin to Flout Law on Blasphemy

Zappa, Bjork and Jesus also make list of no-no quotations

(Newser) - An atheist group in Ireland thinks a new law against blasphemy is "silly and dangerous," and it's using everyone from Jesus to George Carlin to support its case. The Atheist Ireland website has put up 25 quotes it says would run afoul of the 2-day-old law, which forbids... More »

Posthumous Carlin Memoir Coming

Simon and Schuster will publish comedian's Last Words

(Newser) - We haven't heard the last from George Carlin. A posthumous memoir of the late comedian's life will be published by Simon and Schuster’s Free Press in November, reports Entertainment Weekly. Entitled Last Words, the book is Carlin’s take on his 50-year career. Carlin, who died last June at... More »

Those We Lost in 2008

(Newser) - This year saw the passing of many notable people, from Paul Newman and Michael Crichton to William F. Buckley and designer Yves St. Laurent. Here are a few that made the lists of the NY Times and LA Times:
  • Tim Russert (b. 1950)—TV journalist and 16-year host of Meet
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Seinfeld: Death Was a Laughing Matter for Carlin

Even when he dies, Jerry'll still wrestle with 'Carlin already did it'

(Newser) - Nine days ago death was just another thing to joke about for George Carlin, writes Jerry Seinfeld in the New York Times. The comics were talking about the deaths of Tim Russert and Bo Diddley, and Carlin said, “I feel safe for a while. There will probably be a... More »

'Genius' Carlin Broke Boundaries

Irreverent sense of humor led to legal troubles

(Newser) - George Carlin was an anti-establishment legend who constantly pushed the boundaries of free speech and comedy, writes Keith St. Clair for the AP. No doubt, his “Seven Words You Should Never Say on Television”—he was arrested for uttering them in 1972, and they eventually led to a... More »

70s Comic Icon George Carlin Dies

Funnyman, 71, was known for pushing limits

(Newser) - Provocative comedian George Carlin died yesterday of heart failure in a Santa Monica hospital at the age of 71, Reuters reports. The counterculture hero, who long battled heart and drug problems, had been admitted earlier in the day complaining of chest pains. He was known for boundary-stretching, drug-referencing routines. One... More »

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