May 12, 1937
On this day, George Carlin, one of America’s best stand-up comedians, was born to an Irish father, Patrick Carlin and Irish American mother, Mary Bearey. He was raised on West 121st Street in Upper Manhattan. In a career spanning fifty years, Carlin pushed the envelope in terms of performance. His “Seven Dirty Sins” routine was central to a U.S. Supreme Court case on the government’s right to regulate indecent material on the public airwaves. In a 2006 interview with Irish America magazine, Carlin talked about a trip he made to Ireland. “Most of all I remember the faces, the wonderful faces. I remember thinking, ‘I know these people. This is my herd.'” Carlin passed away in June, 2008.