Submitted by ub on Fri, 03/27/2015 - 23:23

In Washington, DC a portrait of the comedian George Carlin has been unveiled inside The National Portrait Gallery.

Carlin died in 2008 and was chosen by a public vote, edging out Groucho Marx and Ellen DeGeneres as the comedian who most influenced American politics, history and culture.

George Carlin (1937–2008) was an American stand-up comedian known for his blunt and unapologetic approach to taboo subjects, including politics, language, psychology and religion.

Carlin’s "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television" routine led his arrest in 1972 for violating obscenity laws. The routine later became central to the 1978 U.S. Supreme Court case F.C.C. v. Pacifica Foundation. In a 5–4 decision, the Court affirmed the government’s power to censor material on public airwaves.

Carlin was a frequent performer and guest host on "The Tonight Show" during Johnny Carson’s tenure as host. He also appeared in numerous films, including the cult classics "Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure" and "Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey." He starred in the sitcom "The George Carlin Show" from 1993 to 1995 and released 14 HBO comedy specials. In 2008, Carlin was posthumously awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

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