10 Questions for George Carlin

IN THE '70S, HE WAS AT THE CENTER OF A FAMOUS OBSCENITY CASE OVER HIS comedy routine "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television." At age 66, George Carlin is still provoking audiences with his stand-up material, watching a new battle over broadcast indecency unfold and co-starring in a movie, Jersey Girl. He talked, seriously, with TIME's Richard Zoglin.

YOU ARE FAMOUS FOR THE SEVEN-DIRTY-WORDS BROUHAHA. IT'S BEEN 30 YEARS. DOES IT SURPRISE YOU THAT THOSE WORDS ARE STILL FORBIDDEN? No. What has happened over the centuries is that a natural modesty that people have has been exploited by...