One of the more influential and groundbreaking comedians, George Carlin, cultivated his craft and truly developed his iconic status on stage, whether it was one of the many theaters he frequented as part of a tour or his legendary HBO specials that left fans wanting more.
His transition from stage to screen, the aptly titled George Carlin Show, which aired on FOX, did little for Carlin and his fanbase. Carlin played a taxi driver and frequented a bar with the ubiquitous cast of characters that never developed into anything more than a forgettable television series that no one, outside of the Carlin faithful, are going to remember.
This flop of a show didn't deter Carlin or tarnish anything about his career, but rather simply proved that being funny as a stand up comedian doesn't always translate.
Carlin is arguably one of the greatest comedians of all time, but he couldn't get on to mainstream television with his brand of funny. Granted, Carlin was hardly a PG performer, which most likely deterred his rise to television stardom.
For some, however, who have acts comparable to Carlin, such as Louis CK and Chris D'Elia, have experienced strong to moderate success on television with Life with Louie and Undateable, respectively.
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