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Richard Pryor or George Carlin: Who is the greatest standup of all time?

Richard Pryor and George Carlin make almost every list of the best standup comics of all time—but which of these brilliant men was the best? Carlin gave us sociopolitical commentary through observation and wordplay, with a career that spanned five decades. Pryor was fearless in the face of taboos around race, drug addiction, sex, and personal suffering, and broke down barriers for comics to talk about their own lives. Who was truly the greatest of all time? Read more below and vote! 🎤

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After his death, Jerry Seinfeld argued that Carlin had done everything first:

And he didn't just "do" it. He worked over an idea like a diamond cutter with facets and angles and refractions of light. He made you sorry you ever thought you wanted to be a comedian. 
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For many, Carlin is simply the greatest comic in history.

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Carlin changed the culture with his famous "Seven Dirty Words"  monologue. In July 1972, Carlin was arrested on obscenity charges after performing "Seven Dirty Words" at Milwaukee's Summerfest (it was one of several times Carlin was arrested on such charges because of the routine). When a radio  station broadcast the bit and a listener filed suit, the case actually went to the Supreme Court (which decided in favor of the radio station in 1978). When your words cause the highest court in the land to debate issues of obscenity and free speech and create new legal precedent, you might be the greatest comic of all time!

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But others argue Pryor was the true champion of the comedy world.

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Writers at the Independent Film Channel argue that Pryor "altered the DNA of comedy" and "rivaled Mark Twain" in his artistic output.

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The two titans together on "The Tonight Show"!

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