He hosted the first episode of Saturday Night Live. He proved, as Lenny Bruce did before him, that humor could be simultaneously intelligent and raunchy. And if there had not been a George Carlin, there would be no Lewis Black and no Patton Oswalt.

A Moment of Silence for George Carlin:

Is it just me, or is there something about this year? It’s like we are moving into some kind of singularity.