, founder of Comics Ready to Entertain
(USO alternative for incredibly dangerous deployment locations), and co-founder of Gay Comedy Jam passed away
on March 14th. The silence was deafening for one writer, who went on to intersperse pithy fury with honest admiration in an unforgettable mix of eulogy, obituary, and media rant
. [more inside]
Comedy writing parter to Sen. Al Franken (the two went to high school together and shared an apprenticeship salary when first hired by Lorne Michaels as two of the first writers
for Saturday Night Live
), Tom Davis has died at 59 from throat cancer
. In 2009 he published his memoir of those years, Thirty-Nine Years of Short-Term Memory Loss
Young Edd Gould
always enjoyed drawing comics of himself and his friends. Growing up in the internet age, his doodles
evolved into Flash animations of increasing complexity, and in time Edd and pals Tom Ridgewell
and Matt Hargreaves teamed up to produce an "Eddsworld"
series of online webtoons and comics
At first crude and halting, the group's "eddisodes"
progressed from surreal shorts
into full-fledged productions that pushed the boundaries of amateur web animation, with expressive characters
, full soundtracks
, complex effects, and a fast-paced, off-kilter sense of humor: MovieMakers
- Rock Bottom
- Hammer & Fail
At its height, the college co-op was producing shorts for Mitchell & Webb
and the UN Climate Change Conference
, fielding offers
from Paramount and Cartoon Network, and racking up millions of hits on YouTube
Work slowed, however, when Gould was diagnosed with leukemia
-- a relatively survivable form, though, and Gould carried on working gamely
through his hospital stays. So it came as a shock last week when Matt and Tom announced that Edd had passed away
, prompting an outpouring
in his short 23 years.
Perhaps you remember him as the esteemed author of sure-fire flop Springtime for Hitler
, or as an inspector with an artificial arm in Young Frankenstein
, or maybe even for his impersonation of Henry Kissinger singing Bachman-Turner Overdrive's Takin' Care of Business
( I must hear this. I must.
Maybe you don't remember him at all, as he was a prolific voice actor and character actor
. A That Guy.
But if you do remember him, you probably remember him making you laugh really, really hard, which is a wonderful thing to be remembered for.
I am sad to report that Kenneth Mars passed away on Saturday, February 12th, from pancreatic cancer.
The legendary Ken Campbell has died
. Interested in everything
, apparantly. Just as excited to visit Damanhur
as he was to go to CERN
, just down the road. Fluent in Bislama, the creole of Vanuatu, into which he translated Macbeth
. Founder of the Science Fiction Theatre of Liverpool, which performed epic productions of The Warp
and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
. Not quite Doctor Who (he was beaten to the role by former protogé Sylvester McCoy). A fount of knowledge on the theatre, comedy, Fortean strangeness and science and anything else you care to mention, all of which he spun together with extensive flights of imagination into glorious, hilarious one-man shows. Totally irreplaceable, and devastating loss. [more inside]
Ronnie Hazlehurst RIP. Who?
Well if you've seen any of the BBC's sitcoms and light entertainment programmes from the 70s onwards, you would have probably heard his work... [more inside]
John Inman, RIP
--better known as the campy stereotype Mr. Humphries on Are You Being Served?
(a gay icon?
Has it been 20 years already?
"Andy himself stated that were he to fake his death, he would return 20 years later to the day. MAY 16TH 2004 IS THAT DAY."
Mad Magazine cartoonist David Berg dies at 81.
One of the "gang of idiots" that were part of the Mad
'60's: Sergio Aragones
, Don Martin
, Antonio Prohias, Mort Drucker
, et al.
Ah, well. Another piece of my childhood slips away. What stands out in my mind was that many of his characters bore an uncanny resemblance to my neighbors. But now I'm troubled: did I have a post-modern
Harry Secombe passes at 79.
I just saw the Peter Sellers bio on American Movie Classics the other day, and found out how important The Goon Show
was in the history of comedy. A Hard Day's Night
and Monty Python had their roots in this groundbreaking British radio show that ran from 1949-1960.