With Laughter, Kevin Meaney Batted 1.000: Pioneer Standup Dies At Age 60
October 22 / Rick Chandler / SportsGrid
No comic made me laugh every single time except for one. Kevin Meaney was a manic tornado, a force of funny who was impossible to resist. Man, will he be missed.
Meaney, whose numerous standup specials helped launch Comedy Central, has died at the age of 60, his publicist announced on Friday. Meaney was found at his home in Forestburgh, N.Y., but the cause of death is not yet known.
Meaney had been active on the standup circuit right until his death. He was a key fixture in the comedy boom of the 1980s, and in 1987 made the first of his 13 appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. His manic, unhinged stage presence and singing ability took some observers by surprise, when most 80s standup tended to be more profane and/or introspective.
But Meaney worked clean: one of his signature bits being an imitation of his mother deriding him for wearing skinny pants. "You're not going out of the house in those small pants, mister. Put your big pants on! Walkin' around in tight pants. That's not right! Why do you do this to your father and I? We're big pants people!"
Kevin Meaney was sweet, hilarious and courageous. A silly, wonderful, man. The best. My heart goes out to his fans, friends and family.