George Carlin stands alone when it comes to using the English language as a source of humor and comedy….as Carlin was also noted for his black comedy and reflections on politics, psychology, religion, and various taboo subjects…..as his “seven dirty words” comedy routine were central to the 1978 U.S. Supreme Court case of F.C.C. v. Pacifica Foundation….in which a 5–4 decision affirmed the government’s power to regulate indecent material on the public airwaves. He is widely regarded as one of the most important and influential stand-up comics of all time….as one newspaper called Carlin “the dean of counter culture comedians”. In April 2004, he placed # 2 on the Comedy Central list of “Top 10 Comedians of US Audiences”.
In this opening monologue on Saturday Night Live in 1977….Carlin uses the way we Americans use the English language as comedy….as my favorite is the way we advertise Jumbo Shrimp….I mean just think about it….JUMBO shrimp!?!