* FountainOfMemes: He is infinitely quotable.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: The opening of his final show, ''It's Bad For Ya'', was devoted to funerals and death. He died a few months later. Most fans consider the bit a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, though.
** In ''Back In Town'', he makes a joke regarding capital punishment about throwing somebody off the World Trade Center.
* FunnyMoments: Has [[Funny/GeorgeCarlin his own page]], not surprisingly.
* GrowingTheBeard: Literally in his case; although he was popular in the TheSixties as a conventional, sharp-dressed comic, he became a star after he grew out his hair and beard and rhymed about it.
* HarsherInHindsight: A ''lot'' harsher, his '99 show "You Are All Diseased" opens with a rant on how pointless airport security is, including comments that you could easily sneak weapons on board and he doesn't appreciate having his bags searched for bombs.
-->"And don't give me this shit 'well the terrorists know their bags are gonna be searched so now they're leaving their bombs at home'. There are no bombs, the whole thing is ''fucking'' pointless!"
** Not to mention where he talks about the weapons carry on rules, saying that they'll take them away from you, then issue you a knife with your meal. The way he punctuates it with mentioning that it might be plastic but he bet he could do some damage? Box cutters might be sharper than a plastic knife, but the size makes it only good for close quarters threatening...just like you'd really have to do with a plastic knife.
** Flash forward to late 2010 and thereafter, some people may find it eerily prophetic in light of [[OverreactingAirportSecurity how far over the line the TSA has gone]] in America to screen for bombs.
** In ''Doin' It Again'', Carlin remarks he doesn't care about drinking tap water, because he's an American and he doesn't ''mind'' drinking carcinogens...
** After his second heart attack, Carlin said this:
--->"In the Celebrity comedian heart attack sweepstakes, I now lead Richard Pryor two to one. But Richard leads me one to nothing in blowing yourself up.
--->"Actually what happened was Richard had a heart attack, so I said, 'I'll have a heart attack.' Then Richard blew himself up, and I said, 'Fuck that. I'm having another heart attack.'"
** George mentioned in one of his books, ''"You know what we haven't had in a while? A really big fire in a crowded nightclub. What's going on?"'' Unfortunately, in early 2003, Great White had a rather ill-fated concert in Rhode Island...
* HeartwarmingMoments: [[Heartwarming/GeorgeCarlin Has his own page]].
* HellIsThatNoise: On the ''When Will Jesus Bring the Porkchops'' audiobook, George briefly screams to demonstrate his "moment of screaming" (contrast moment of silence) suggestion. And it is ''absolutely terrifying.''
* HilariousInHindsight: The opening rant of ''It's Bad For Ya'' is funny enough as a diatribe against media-prescribed role models...
-->I'd like to begin by saying fuck Lance Armstrong. Fuck him and his balls and his bicycles and his steroids and his yellow shirts and the dumb empty expression on his face. I'm tired of that asshole. And while you're at it, fuck Tiger Woods too! That's another jackoff I can do without.
::...but would get even funnier in the coming years, when Woods' infidelity took its toll out on his public image and career, and Armstrong's steroid use ended his career in ruin and damaged the image of professional cycling as a sport.
* JerkassWoobie: The man's onstage persona was a total asshole towards the end, but he made so many people laugh anyway that he got a very mournful reaction from his fans when he died. After his death, his daughter mentioned that he was far less abrasive in real life then he was on stage, and while all the opinions he expressed on stage were his own and genuine, he was far less of a Jerkass about them off-stage. As he himself said, he didn't have a problem with individuals; it was ''people'' he couldn't stand.
** Britt Allcroft, the producer of ''ThomasTheTankEngine'', actually recalled after his death that Carlin was nervous reading his scripts without an audience. So they got him a teddy bear that sat in front of him in the recording booth for all 100+ episodes. She maintained that Carlin was actually a pretty gentle guy in person.
* MomentOfAwesome: [[Awesome/GeorgeCarlin Unsurprisingly, has a long list]].
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: For younger audiences who weren't around in the 1970's, it can be hard to understand why this guy is so highly regarded.
** And simultaneously an inversion, in that his [[CerebusSyndrome later, darker work]] is what tends to have influenced young comics in TheNineties, the TurnOfTheMillennium and TheNewTens, many of whom [[OldShame aren't even aware his older]], LighterAndSofter side even existed. Those who were around in TheSeventies will often claim TheyChangedItNowItSucks, but more frequently, those who were mildly shocked by his [[RuleAbidingRebel frankly not-racy]] (barring the language itself) "Seven Words You Can't Say on Television" material and affectionate jibes at his Catholic upbringing were ''completely'' turned off by his later, more confrontational CoolOldGuy persona, such that those who were around during his rise to stardom are more likely to actively dislike him than those who weren't even born yet.
* TearJerker: [[TearJerker/GeorgeCarlin Has his own page]].