R.I.P. Neil Simon, Broadway’s King of Comedy

Neil Simon may not have been the funniest guy in the writers room, but he certainly was the most prolific, if not also the most successful of the all-stars from Your Show of Yours in terms of churning out hit scripts. Simon died Sunday from complications of pneumonia. He was 91. His publicist, Bill Evans, […]

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R.I.P. Roger Behr (1948-2018)

Do you suppose Roger Behr is making them laugh in Judgment City right now? Behr, one half of the popular comedy musical duo Roger and Roger in the 1970s and ’80s, and who played a stand-up comedian in the 1991 Albert Brooks film, Defending Your Life, died on Monday. He was 70. Born Jan. 14, […]

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R.I.P. Marva L. Moncrieffe aka Simply Marvalous

Whether you spelled it marvalous or marvelous, Marva L. Moncrieffe was simply funny. The comedian known as Simply Marvalous died Wednesday in hospice care in Baton Rouge, La. Moncrieffe was 64. She had her own HBO half-hour comedy special in 1994, and followed that up with appearances on Def Comedy Jam, House Party 3 and […]

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R.I.P. Poppi Kramer

To most Americans, Poppi Kramer was the first person to win big by losing weight big-time on NBC’s The Biggest Loser. To New York City comedians, Kramer was a godsend. Particularly for everyone from open mic’ers to the LGBTQ community, and everyone in between. Kramer died Friday. She was 46. I’ll always remember @PoppiKramer not […]

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R.I.P. Sean Rouse (1975-2018)

Sean Rouse, a darkly funny comedian favored by the likes of Doug Stanhope, Jim Norton and Dave Attell, has died. Rouse suffered a stroke followed by a heart attack, and did not recover. Rouse was only 43. https://twitter.com/DougStanhope/status/1013151198147301376 Rouse grew up in Katy, Texas, just west of Houston, and was one of several locals who benefited […]

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Eurydice Dixon, 22-year-old Melbourne comedian, murdered on walk home from gig

Eurydice Dixon was just another young aspiring comedian walking home from a gig last week when she was tragically murdered. A 19-year-old man was arrested the following day with her rape and murder on a Melbourne soccer pitch last Tuesday night. Her last text to a friend, heartbreakingly ironic: “I’m almost home safe, how about […]

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R.I.P. Sadiki Fuller

Sadiki Fuller, a stand-up comedian from Houston who got his start in comedy in San Francisco, has died unexpectedly. He was found in his bed Saturday morning. Fuller started doing comedy in 1999. In his even younger days, Sadiki worked as a professional mascot for the Golden State Warriors. Off the court and onstage, Sadiki […]

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R.I.P. Byron Yeldell, aka Spanky Brown

Memphis comedian and morning radio show host Spanky Brown has died, apparently from a heart attack. Born Byron Yeldell on March 13 (his Facebook bios alternately joke the year was 1908 or 1937), “Spanky” graduated high school in Memphis in 1980, and in his last two years, could be heard on morning radio in his […]

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R.I.P. Harry Anderson (1952-2018)

Harry Anderson, best known for starring in the NBC Must-See TV sitcom Night Court from 1984-1992, has died at his home in North Carolina. He was 65. Born Oct. 14, 1952, in Newport, R.I., Anderson and his family moved to Chicago, where he discovered card games, magic tricks and hustling. He took those tricks with […]

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R.I.P. Floyd J. Phillips

Floyd J. Phillips grew up in Michigan and died there, but his comedy influence also spread to the Pacific Northwest. Phillips died April 6, after more than 35 years on and off of dialysis. He’d posted a GoFundMe just last month to try to defray his medical expenses and help get him back on his […]

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