Anyone who enjoyed stand-up comedy in the 80’s and 90’s will certainly remember Kevin Meaney whose routine usually revolved around his parents protesting his jokes by saying “that’s not right” and warning him “we’ll lose the house.”
Meaney passed away Saturday at the age of 60. At the time of this writing, the cause of death hasn’t been determined.
The Hollywood Reporter has the story:
Kevin Meaney, Veteran Stand-Up Comic, Dies at 60
Kevin Meaney, a veteran stand-up comedian and actor, has died. He was 60. Meaney’s agent confirmed that he was found in his home in Forestburgh, N.Y., and that an autopsy is pending.
The comedy world, including Patton Oswalt, Judd Apatow, Roseanne Barr and Michael McKean, paid tribute to Meaney on social media following the news.
“Kevin Meaney was as funny as they get and the nicest man,” Apatow tweeted. “He could make you lose your mind laughing.”
Meaney was a stand-up comedian for more than 25 years, with his first HBO special airing in 1986, according to his website. Since then, he has appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Late Show With David Letterman, Oprah and Late Night With Conan O’Brien.
He appeared on the 1990 sitcom Uncle Buck as well as the Tom Hanks film Big.
I’ve found two good clips of Meaney’s work you can watch below. If you don’t know his work, you’ll still get a kick out of these videos. Meaney dealt with tame subject matters. It was all about his delivery.
Here he is on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1989:
Here he is on Broadway in 1998:
Prayers to his family and friends.
Rest in peace, Kevin. Thank you for the laughs.
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