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Joan Rivers, 81 (1933 - 2014)
SANDY COHEN, The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — On "The Ed Sullivan Show" in 1967, Joan Rivers joked about society's double-standard for women. "A girl, you're 30 years old, you're not married, you're an old maid," she said. "A man, he's 90 years old, he's not married, he's a catch." At the time, it was rare to see a female comic onstage, and even rarer for an entertainer to talk...
Robin Williams, 63 (1951 - 2014)
HAVEN DALEY, The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Robin Williams kept the world laughing, something that made it all the harder for friends and fans to accept that beneath that reservoir of frenetic energy and seemingly endless good humor resided demons so dark they could push him to suicide. It was no secret that the Oscar-winning actor had periodic bouts of substance abuse and...
Steve Rossi, 82 (1932 - 2014)
The Associated PressLAS VEGAS (AP) — Steve Rossi, one half of the prolific comedy duo Allen & Rossi, which became a favorite of "The Ed Sullivan Show" and other TV variety shows, died Sunday at age 82.His friend of 40 years, Michael Flores told The Associated Press on Sunday that he visited the pal who introduced him to the likes of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin in hospice care in Las Vegas on...
Rik Mayall, 56 (1958 - 2014)
The Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Rik Mayall, one of a generation of performers that injected post-punk energy into British comedy, has died. He was 56. Mayall's management firm Brunskill Management said the comedian died at his London home on Monday. In the 1980s Mayall was part of the Comic Strip, a hugely influential group of alternative young comics that included Dawn French,...
John Pinette, 50 (1964 - 2014)
The Associated PressPITTSBURGH (AP) — John Pinette, the chubby stand-up comedian who portrayed a hapless carjacking victim in the final episode of "Seinfeld," has died. He was 50.Pinette died of natural causes Saturday at a hotel in Pittsburgh, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's office said Sunday evening. Pinette's agent confirmed his death.The portly Pinette was a self-deprecating...
David Brenner, 78 (1936 - 2014)
LYNN ELBER, The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Other veteran comics could head straight to "The Tonight Show" couch to banter with Johnny Carson, but David Brenner had to do a stand-up...
Luis Raul Martinez , 51 (1962 - 2014)
The Associated PressSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rican comedian and actor Luis Raul Martinez has died at age 51 in his Caribbean homeland.Friends and colleagues in the U.S. Caribbean...
Tom Sharpe, 85 (1928 - 2013)
JILL LAWLESS, The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Tom Sharpe was aptly named, a writer who turned a razor-edged eye for absurdity on everything from the racism of apartheid to the squabbles of...
Jonathan Winters, 87 (1925 - 2013)
JOHN ROGERS, The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jonathan Winters was a crowd all by himself, guaranteeing that his multitude of characters, breakneck improvisations and kinetic clownishness...
Phyllis Diller, 95 (1917 - 2012)
SANDY COHEN, The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Phyllis Diller, the housewife turned humorist who aimed some of her sharpest barbs at herself, punctuating her jokes with her trademark...
Irving Fein, 101 (1911 - 2012)
LYNN ELBER, The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Irving Fein, a producer and manager who steered the careers of comedy greats George Burns and Jack Benny and named actress Lana Turner the ...
Mark O'Donnell, 58 (2012)
MARK KENNEDY, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Tony Award-winning writer Mark O'Donnell, behind such quirky and clever Broadway shows as "Hairspray and "Cry-Baby," has died. He was 58.O'Donnell...
Rodolfo "Dolphy" Quizon, Sr., 83 (1928 - 2012)
The Associated PressMANILA, Philippines (AP) — Hospital officials say the Philippines' most popular comedian, fondly called Dolphy, has died.Rodolfo Vera Quizon Sr. was called the country's 'King...
Steve Bridges, 48 (1963 - 2012)
SUE MANNING, The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Impressionist Steve Bridges, who used prosthetics and wigs to turn into presidents and laughs to make a living, was found dead at his home, his...
Richard Alf, 59 (2012)
The Associated PressSAN DIEGO (AP) — Richard Alf, one of the co-founders of San Diego's Comic-Con, has died from pancreatic cancer at age 59.U-T San Diego (http://bit.ly/A5XU8p ) reports that Alf...
Joe Bodolai, 63 (2011)
The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former "Saturday Night Live" writer Joseph Bodolai has committed suicide in a Hollywood hotel room, the Los Angeles coroner's office said Tuesday. ...
Alan Sues, 85 (1926 - 2011)
ANDREW DALTON, The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alan Sues, who brought his flamboyant and over-the-top comic persona to the hit television show "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" in the 1960s...
Patrice O'Neal (1969 - 2011)
KAREN MATTHEWS, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Veteran stand-up comic Patrice O'Neal, who gained a wider following through TV and radio and helped roast Charlie Sheen, died Tuesday from...
Gaspar Henaine "Capulina" Perez, 85 (1927 - 2011)
The Associated Press MEXICO CITY (AP) — The beloved Mexican comic known as "Capulina" died Friday at age 85, after a six-decade career as Mexico's equivalent of funny fat man Oliver Hardy. ...
Vicco von Buelow, 87 (1923 - 2011)
MELISSA EDDY, The Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — German humorist Vicco von Buelow, often cited by Germans as proof of their sense of humor and known to the nation simply by his nom de plume, ...
Vic Dunlop, 62 (1948 - 2011)
The Associated PressGLENDALE, Calif. (AP) — "Make Me Laugh" comic Vic Dunlop has died in California of diabetes complications at 62.His wife, Linda Dunlop, tells the Los Angeles Times (http://lat...
Barry Bremen, 64 (1947 - 2011)
JEFF KAROUB, The Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — Barry Bremen, a Detroit-area businessman whose fun-loving, gate-crashing stunts led him to shoot layups before NBA All-Star games, accept an Emmy...
Mike DeStefano, 44 (2011)
The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Comedian Mike DeStefano, who finished among the top five finalists last season in NBC's "Last Comic Standing," has died.His representative at 3 Arts...
David Frye, 77 (1934 - 2011)
The Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Comic David Frye, whose impressions of Presidents Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson and other prominent political figures vaulted him to popularity in the 1960s...
Freddy Beras Goico, 69 (1940 - 2010)
The Associated Press SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Freddy Beras Goico, an actor and comedian considered the most influential television figure in his native Dominican Republic, died...
Norman Wisdom, 95 (1915 - 2010)
LLAZAR SEMINI, The Associated Press TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Through decades of Communist isolation, Albanians had little reason to laugh. Authorities imposed a ruthless ban on most forms of...
Greg Giraldo, 44 (1965 - 2010)
JAKE COYLE, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Greg Giraldo, a stand-up comedian who specialized in rants and insult-filled roasts, has died. He was 44. Giraldo died at the Robert Wood...
Robert Schimmel, 60 (1950 - 2010)
The Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Standup comic Robert Schimmel, a frequent guest on Howard Stern's radio show, has died after suffering serious injuries in a car accident. He was 60. ...
Michael Polakovs (1923 - 2009)
The following story courtesy of The Wall Street Journal By STEPHEN MILLER A habitual recipient of a pie in the face, Coco the Clown was a circus favorite who helped create another well-known...
Fred Travalena, 66 (1942 - 2009)
LOS ANGELES -- Impressionist Fred Travalena, a headliner in Vegas showrooms and a regular on late-night talk shows with his takes on presidents, crooners and screen stars, has died in Los Angeles. He...