Today’s Guest: James Sullivan, author, 7 Dirty Words: The Life and Crimes of George Carlin
George Carlin’s career had a funny arc.
A high school dropout, he started as a pretty straight-arrow radio disc jockey in the 1950s, developed a stand-up comedy act with fellow DJ Jack Burns—later famous as half of Burns and Schreiber—and got his first taste of national fame as a regular on the Merv Griffin and John Davidson shows, of all things.
JAMES SULLIVAN podcast excerpt: “Parents did everything that could to keep their kids from hearing these words. George Carlin’s routine is not a gratuitous use of the words. What is it that we fear so much? You can hear them every night barely bleeped out on ‘The Daily Show.'”
You can LISTEN to this interview with JAMES SULLIVAN, author of 7 DIRTY WORDS: THE LIFE AND CRIMES OF GEORGE CARLIN, by clicking the audio player above!
But despite his clean-cut good looks, there was always always an anti-establishment mind lurking just below everybody’s class clown. And when the real George Carlin escaped, nobody and nothing was safe.
James Sullivan’s new biography, 7 Dirty Words: The Life and Crimes of George Carlin, just out last week, celebrates one of the most original comedic minds of our era, a man whose success went past one comedy album or a clever slogan or turn of a phrase.
But nothing Carlin’s razor-sharp mind produced had more lasting impact on society than this.