Prophetic George Carlin has his way with Lance Armstrong, Tiger Woods, Dr. Phil

George Carlin, the comedy legend who died in 2008, had among his many qualities, the ability to communicate succinctly. He commented on many topics — politics to Lance Armstrong.

Carlin gained a lot of attention for a succinct routine about the seven dirty words not allowed on television. Not so-well known but nearly equally concise was Carlin’s opening remarks in concert much later in his long career.

In the one-minute video below, Carlin offers comedic disdain for celebrities who gain acclaim as heroes  — Armstrong, Tiger Woods and Phillip Calvin McGraw, the psychologist and author best known as Dr. Phil.

The brief bit features outstanding individual “F-bomb” references to the cyclist, golfer and advice-offering television talk show host — and Carlin’s sentiments about being told who our heroes out to be.

Carlin was a master wordsmith. Like Richard Pryor and Lenny Bruce, Carlin used profanity. And with his one-word opinion about the two athletes and TV personality, Carlin spoke loud and clear — a master of succinct and masterful comedy.

Shortly after his death, Carlin was posthumously awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

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