With Laughter, Kevin Meaney Batted 1.000: Pioneer Standup Dies At Age 60
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.
— Bobcat Goldthwait (@bcgoldthwait) October 22, 2016
There was never a funnier person, bigger talent, kinder soul or dearer friend than Kevin Meaney. I shall miss him always.
— Barry Crimmins (@crimmins) October 22, 2016
RIP Kevin Meaney. Relentlessly funny. One of kind.
— marc maron (@marcmaron) October 22, 2016
Whenever Kevin Meaney walked in the door, the rest of the night was all laughs and smiles. Grateful to have known him. P.
— Farrelly Brothers (@farrellybros) October 22, 2016
Awww... RIP Kevin Meaney. https://t.co/y5WuwfEkZc
— Freaky! Outie! (@seramarlowe) October 22, 2016
Kevin Meaney was as funny as they get and the nicest man. He could make you lose your mind laughing. A very special person. https://t.co/EBvDUmNUrr
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) October 22, 2016
Always thought Kevin Meaney was a brilliant comedian. Then we hung out in Ireland and I found out he was also a terrific person. RIP.
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) October 22, 2016
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