George Carlin (1937-2008) was an American comedian and social critic known for his acerbic brand of black comedy. Among his many career highlights include hosting the first episode of Saturday Night Live, starring in 14 stand-up specials for HBO, and posthumously receiving the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. His famous "seven dirty words" routine was a key component of the 1978 Supreme Court case FCC v. Pacifica Foundation, which affirmed the government's right to censor obscenity over public airwaves.
"People who see life as anything more than pure entertainment are missing the point."
Source: When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops (2004) (via Wikiquote)
Photo credit: "George Carlin In concert at the Zembo Mosque, Harrisburg, Pa" by Kevin Armstrong - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.