George Denis Patrick Carlin May 12, — June 22, was an American stand-up comedian, actor, social critic and author. Regarded as one of the most important and influential stand-up comics of all time, he was dubbed "the dean of counterculture comedians". Pacifica Foundation , in which a 5—4 decision affirmed the government's power to censor indecent material on the public airwaves. The first of Carlin's 14 stand-up comedy specials for HBO was filmed in From the late s, his routines focused on sociocultural criticism of American society. He often commented on American political issues and satirized American culture.