When George Carlin was announced as this year's winner of the Mark Twain Prize by the Kennedy Center in Washington, his response was: "Thank you Mr. Twain. Have your people call my people."
Carlin was a favorite of mine since his days as a buttoned-down, narrow-tie, crewcut standup comic on variety shows, where he might do his "Hippy Dippy Weatherman" routine. ("And the Pollen count at Mt. Sinai Hospital -- one, two, three, four ...")
Sometimes he wasn't that funny to me (though most of the time he was) but his creed must endure:
"I think it is the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately."
In George Carlin's memory, I will continue to do my part.
Here is 10-and-a-half minutes of the classic "Seven Words You Can Never Say on TV." Needless to say, this may be offensive to some people. You know who you are.