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Famous Male Social Critics

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List of famous male social critics, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male social critics list contains the most prominent and top males known for being social critics. There are thousand of males working as social critics in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic social critics have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a social critic then the people below should give you inspiration.

The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different people, including Lewis Black and William Hogarth.

While this isn't a list of all male social critics, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male social critics?" and "Who are the best male social critics?"
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  • George Carlin
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    George Denis Patrick Carlin (May 12, 1937 – June 22, 2008) was an American stand-up comedian, actor, author, and social critic. He was known for his black comedy and reflections on politics, the English language, psychology, religion, and various taboo subjects. He and his "seven dirty words" comedy routine were central to the 1978 U.S. Supreme Court case F.C.C. v. Pacifica Foundation, in which a 5–4 decision affirmed the government's power to regulate indecent material on the public airwaves. Widely regarded as one of the most important and influential American stand-up comics of all time, Carlin was dubbed by one newspaper to be "the dean of counterculture comedians".The first of Carlin's... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 71 (1937-2008)
    • Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

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  • William Melvin Hicks (December 16, 1961 – February 26, 1994) was an American stand-up comedian, social critic, satirist and musician. His material—encompassing a wide range of social issues including religion, politics, and philosophy—was controversial and often steeped in dark comedy. At the age of 16, while still in high school, Hicks began performing at the Comedy Workshop in Houston, Texas. During the 1980s, he toured the U.S. extensively and made a number of high-profile television appearances, but it was in the UK that he amassed a significant fan base, filling large venues during his 1991 tour. He also achieved some recognition as a guitarist and songwriter. Hicks died of pancreatic... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 33 (1961-1994)
    • Birthplace: Valdosta, Georgia, United States of America

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  • Lewis Black
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    Lewis Niles Black (born August 30, 1948) is an American stand-up comedian, author, playwright, social critic, voice actor, and actor. He is best known for his angry demeanour and belligerent comedic style, in which he often simulates having a mental breakdown. His comedy routines often escalate into angry rants about history, politics, religion, or any other cultural trends. He hosted the Comedy Central series Lewis Black's Root of All Evil and makes regular appearances on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah delivering his "Back in Black" commentary segment, which he has been doing since The Daily Show was hosted by Craig Kilborn. When not on the road performing, Black resides in Manhattan, but... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: 72
    • Birthplace: USA, Silver Spring, Maryland

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  • William Hogarth
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    William Hogarth FRSA (; 10 November 1697 – 26 October 1764) was an English painter, printmaker, pictorial satirist, social critic, and editorial cartoonist. His work ranged from realistic portraiture to comic strip-like series of pictures called "modern moral subjects", perhaps best known being his moral series A Harlot's Progress, A Rake's Progress and Marriage A-la-Mode. Knowledge of his work is so pervasive that satirical political illustrations in this style are often referred to as "Hogarthian".Hogarth was born in London to a lower-middle-class family. In his youth he took up an apprenticeship where he specialised in engraving. His father underwent periods of mixed fortune, and was at... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 67 (1697-1764)
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom