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Saddest Deaths In Comedy?
« on: September 08, 2019, 01:28:35 PM »
Bill Hicks is the first one that comes to my mind.

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« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2019, 01:31:32 PM »
Tony Hancock.

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« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2019, 01:31:48 PM »
Ricky Gervais at the Diana Memorial was probably the least saddest

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« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2019, 01:34:18 PM »
Seeing as we're just listing names with no further info:

Graham Chapman
Peter Sellers
Andy Kaufman
Robin Williams
Phil Hartman

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« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2019, 01:36:07 PM »
That Bloke Off " Suddenly Susan".

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« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2019, 01:38:57 PM »
What would be the happiest deaths in comedy?

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« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2019, 01:40:15 PM »
Rik Mayall

Still upsets me.

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« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2019, 01:45:12 PM »
Seymour Krelborn and Audrey in the director's cut of Little Shop Of Horrors. And yeah, yeah, I know they're fictional characters, but I still find it deeply upsetting.

If I have to do the real life thing it's Garry Shandling.

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« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2019, 02:36:47 PM »
If meaning in sadly reduced circumstances, Rex Jameson aka Mrs Shufflewick.

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« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2019, 03:23:40 PM »
What would be the happiest deaths in comedy?

Jim Davidson.

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« Reply #10 on: September 08, 2019, 03:42:05 PM »
Caroline Aherne.

edit: still on saddest...

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« Reply #13 on: September 08, 2019, 04:06:26 PM »
Rik
Victoria Wood

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« Reply #14 on: September 08, 2019, 04:20:13 PM »
Aussie comic, Eurydice Dixon springs to mind at the moment, now her murderer last week has just received 35 years without parole.

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« Reply #15 on: September 08, 2019, 04:27:44 PM »
The ending of the Rik Mayall doc that showed him giving the University speech makes me want to cry thinking about it.

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« Reply #16 on: September 08, 2019, 04:55:29 PM »
Yeah, it's Rik.

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« Reply #17 on: September 08, 2019, 05:02:40 PM »
Chalk me up as another Rik-misser. Large decrease in joyous anarchy from our world when he left us.

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« Reply #18 on: September 08, 2019, 05:07:17 PM »
Not sure about saddest, but most shocking and unsettling for me has to the one in One Foot in The Grave where they get a call that their friend has died, go round to comfort the senile husband, and discover that the wife has hung herself and is still dangling outside the window. Made me feel sick that reveal.

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« Reply #19 on: September 08, 2019, 06:02:06 PM »
Kenny Everett, Rik Mayall and Bernie Mac.

As for career deaths - Faith Brown’s career. My dream GILF knocked off of our screens after TV Hell rundowns digging up a thirty year old Rusty Lee impression she apologised for yet Psychoville nicked for one of its biggest laughs. Yet Rory Bremner is lauded as an elder statesman. Did anyone *see* his Ainsley Harriott?

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« Reply #20 on: September 08, 2019, 06:07:10 PM »
It's Rik, Aherne and Dermot Morgan too I think. Felt a bit cruel to die right as things started going right.

I love this quote from Frank Kelly (Father Jack) though: "Dermot's mind was mercurial. I think he was a kind of comedic meteor. He burned himself out.", because I can only imagine it as a "that would be an ecumenical matter" thing.

In 1995/1996 (whenever they aired Worzel Gummidge during "Summer Breakout!") I had a breakdown (aged 11) about Jon Pertwee being dead.

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« Reply #21 on: September 08, 2019, 06:10:02 PM »
Not sure about saddest, but most shocking and unsettling for me has to the one in One Foot in The Grave where they get a call that their friend has died, go round to comfort the senile husband, and discover that the wife has hung herself and is still dangling outside the window. Made me feel sick that reveal.
I'm sure OFITG has a few. The bit in Timeless Time where there seem to be talking about their deceased son is a pretty sad one that can have a pretty big impact on how you choose to read Margaret and Victor.



As far as real world ones, I was too young at the time but I could imagine the Phil Hartman one being awful. The big declines in Newsradio and the Simpsons afterwards  (which were gonna go downhill anyways) could've made it all a bit worse.

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« Reply #22 on: September 08, 2019, 06:11:12 PM »
The dad from 2point4 Children must be the most forgotten comedy death.

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« Reply #23 on: September 08, 2019, 06:13:26 PM »
The dad from 2point4 Children must be the most forgotten comedy death.

“... and I make sure she gets a regular servicing!”

Gary Olsen! He was a top fella too by all accounts. Incredible a the antagonist in ‘Paul Calf’s Video Diary’

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« Reply #24 on: September 08, 2019, 06:15:10 PM »
Granted, Aherne and Wood left me slightly riven. Too soon after my mother’s death in 2014.

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« Reply #25 on: September 08, 2019, 06:15:58 PM »
“... and I make sure she gets a regular servicing!”

Gary Olsen! He was a top fella too by all accounts. Incredible a the antagonist in ‘Paul Calf’s Video Diary’
He does seem really warm and fun and comforting.

2point 4 Children does weird things to my brain, it's right in the sweet spot of the days when things seemed like they might end up being okay.

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« Reply #26 on: September 08, 2019, 06:31:03 PM »
If we're doing fictional ones, then Granddad in OFAH is an obvious choice.

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« Reply #27 on: September 08, 2019, 06:56:12 PM »
Dick Shawn. He collapsed on stage from a heart attack while doing standup. Everybody assumed that he was doing a bit, and some people even believed that it was part of his act until paramedics arrived.

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« Reply #28 on: September 08, 2019, 07:01:10 PM »
Coincidentally - new book out, the writers were recent guests on Gilbert Gottfried’s ACP:

http://www.google.com/amp/s/www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2019/09/show-wont-go-on-book-performers-dead-onstage/amp

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« Reply #29 on: September 08, 2019, 07:16:33 PM »
Dick Shawn. He collapsed on stage from a heart attack while doing standup. Everybody assumed that he was doing a bit, and some people even believed that it was part of his act until paramedics arrived.

That reaction is almost guaranteed when entertainers collapse dying on stage.  See also: Sid James, Tommy Cooper, Bruce Hampton, and just recently, Ian Cognito.