Saturday, May 17, 2008

George Carlin kept working because of IRS Debt


He dropped out of high school in the ninth grade, shot to major stardom (and notoriety) in 1972 with his "Seven Words You Can't Say on Television," took nearly 20 years to pay off a $3 million debt to the IRS, has filmed 14 HBO specials over the past 31 years, is in his 52nd year in show business, performs 80 concerts a year, and celebrated his 71st birthday on Monday.

But the numbers don't tell George Carlin's whole story.

The man the New York Times called "the prince of outrage" wouldn't be as relevant as he is today -- three heart attacks and one cocaine addiction later -- if it weren't for a little chip on his shoulder, that IRS debt and a dogged devotion to his art.