Joan Rivers was a pioneering comedian whose distinctive voice entertained multiple generations over the course of an astounding five decades of unparalleled brilliance. A trailblazer who exhibited remarkable courage of conviction as a woman in a male-dominated field, Joan never backed down or slowed down. Her extraordinary success paved the path for countless comedians that followed and can be seen and felt to this day. Our thoughts are with her family and friends during this time of loss.
Comedian Jonathan Winters died in California at age 87
AP: Comedian Jonathan Winters died Thursday evening at his Montecito, Calif., home of natural causes, a family friend said. He was 87.
Winters was a master of improvisational comedy, with a grab bag of eccentric personalities and facial expressions. Characters such as the dirty old lady Maude Frickert were based on people Winters knew growing up in Ohio.
He was introduced to millions of new fans in 1981 as the son of Williams’ goofball alien in the final season of ABC’s “Mork and Mindy.”
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A true legend. Rest in peace.
Scott Kennedy was talented, generous and brave. He made a point of performing for the troops from the very beginnings of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, going on to do so more than 50 times. He was an out gay comedian in a time when it was not at all easy to be an out gay comedian. (And often in a place where it was not at all easy to be an out gay comedian, for example in Iraq and Afghanistan, or in front of the troops.)
He died last week. I keep checking all the gay-news websites for even a mention, but so far there’s nothing. (Towleroad does link to an article in which Trevor Donovan admits to sometimes eating dinner naked, though- be sure and check that out.) I keep looking at Foxnews.com and all the sites that fall all over themselves reminding you how pro-military and patriotic they are, but so far there’s nothing. (Breitbart does run several gloating op-eds about the Obama-looking devil in Mark Burnett’s “The Bible,” so by all means read each one.)
Scott Kennedy quietly did the right thing in about a dozen different ways. Now that he’s gone, let’s do the right thing and amplify his voice. Taylor Williamson has written a beautiful post here, and included links to some video. Read it. Share it. Then go hug the fuck out of somebody.
I was so sad to hear about the loss of comedian friend Scott Kennedy. He was one of the first comics I met when I moved to Los Angeles in 2004. Even though I was only 18 years old, and I’m sure I was immature and annoying, he never made me feel like I was at the little kids table…
Sad news in the world of comedy today. Stand-up comedian Scott Kennedy passed away last week.
Our thoughts are with Scott’s family and loved ones.
RIP Ed Koch.
Relive some of Jet Set’s best moments in this compilation from his friends at Comedy Central.
A lot of these are classic Jet Set; taking what was given, then adding a layer you would never expect. Jet Set made every line better; and you never knew just what he’d do with it. The man knew how to do damage with a bottle of hot sauce, that’s for sure.
And “What’s the fuck?!” is something I’ll continue to use when the situation call for it, and I know I’m not alone in that feeling.