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GEORGE CARLIN began his professional career in radio at KIOE, Shreveport, LA in July, 1956 at the age of nineteen while serving in the USAF. Following KIOE, he landed at WEZE in Boston, MA. That job lasted three months in 1959. 

The turning point for Carlin came in Fort Worth, Texas (1959) in KOXL. Together with newsman Jack Burns, he started developing comedy routines for an eventual nightclub act that led to a two-year stint, playing leading clubs and making a first appearance on The Tonight Show with Jack Paar. They also recorded an album, Burns & Carlin at the Playboy Club Tonight, on ERA Records. 

After splitting with Burns in 1962, Carlin spent about a year working in nightclubs without much success. In 1963, he found the Café au Go Go in Greenwich Village and spent the better part of two years developing his comic style. It was in this folk/Jazz setting that he developed the first bits that got him on television with The Indian Sergeant, Wonderful Wino and Hippy Dippy Weatherman. 

In 1965, Carlin began to get extensive TV exposure: fifty-eight appearances in 1965 and 1966 alone, mostly on Merv Griffin and Mike Douglas. Network spots during that period included The Hollywood Palace, Jimmy Dean, Roger Miller and Carlin was a regular on Kraft Summer Music Hall with John Davidson, and the following year he starred with Buddy Greco and Buddy Rich on Away We Go, the summer replacement for Jackie Gleason. His first album, Take-Offs and Put-Ons, was released in 1967 on RCA Victor. Between 1967 and 1970, he made another eighty TV appearances, including Ed Sullivan, Tom Jones, Steve Allen, Jackie Gleason and Carol Burnett. He also worked in all major nightclubs, including the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas. 

In 1972, a recording contract led to the release of FM & AM, and album that won a Grammy Award after going gold. It was the first of four successive gold albums that Carlin recorded for Little David Records during the first half on the 1970s. In all, he released fourteen solo albums, ten of which have been nominated for Grammy awards. There have been four separate collections, the most notable being 1999's George Carlin: The Little David Years (1971-1977). 

In addition to recordings, Carlin has found wide exposure through cable television, specifically Home Box Office. In 1977, he taped On Location: George Carlin at USC. This special at the California campus was the first in a string of twelve HBO comedy concert broadcasts, including the highly regarded Carlin at Carnegie, taped at New York's Carnegie Hall in 1982, and the groundbreaking Jammin' in New York, broadcast live in 1992 from the Paramount Theatre in Madison Square Garden. 

To date, Carlin's HBO specials have garnered three Emmy nominations and won six CableACE awards, and thus far eight of these shows have been released in two separate DVD packages. In the early 1990s, Carlin picked up two additional Emmy nominations for the Mister Conductor in forty-five episodes of the critically acclaimed PBS children's show Shining Time Station. 

In 1997, Carlin ventured into a new field as Hyperion published his first book, Braindroppings, a collection of original routines, one-liners, commentaries and essays. The "book-on-tape” version, read by Carlin himself, won the 2001 Grammy in the Best Spoken Comedy category. He followed this title with Napalm & Silly Putty in April 2001, and both books found staying power on The New York Times bestseller list, the latter reaching #1 in its second week. A third book, When Will Jesus Bring The Pork Chops? will be published by Hyperion in the fall of 2004. 

In August 2001, "The George Carlin Collection,” a special package of Carlin's first four HBO stand-up concert shows (1977-1984) was released on DVD and VHS. In November 2001, Carlin performed his twelfth special "Complaints and Grievances,” live, from New Yor

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