George Carlin (1937-2008) was a comedian and actor known for his social commentary and views on various taboo subjects. His "seven dirty words" routine was used in a U.S. Supreme Court case regarding indecent material on television, and the list has often been referenced in popular culture is such shows as Mystery Science Theater 3000, That '70s Show, Everybody Hates Chris, and The Daily Show. Carlin hosted the first episode of Saturday Night Live which also featured Jim Henson's Muppets.
- Elated that he's at Jay Leno's house in The Muppets episode "Hostile Makeover", Fozzie Bear swipes a candy dish to commemorate the occasion, fitting the dish perfectly on his head and hiding it under his hat. When he returns to Leno's home, he learns that Leno had originally stolen the candy dish from Carlin many years ago. Carlin's dish came to an unfortunate end when Fozzie dropped it in Leno's driveway prior to his intention to return the item.
- In Carlin's book When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?, one of his random thoughts is: "Am I the only one who thinks the Muppets weren't funny?"