You know the old cliché of a comedian getting a pie in the face? That wasn’t always a cliché. It became one only after Soupy Sales, who just passed away at the age of 83, got countless laughs out of it. Sales was a pioneer of slapstick comedy, and cracked up audiences of all ages with his bits on his T.V. shows and comedy albums starting in the early 50’s. To his credit, he was usually the one taking it…
Sales just passed away last night at Calvary Hospice in The Bronx after suffering from a number of health problems. He had an active career in comedy for over 30 years, and is perhaps best known for his children’s program, Lunch With Soupy Sales. The sketch comedy staple included beloved puppet characters, including White Fang and Black Tooth.
Though less visible over the past few years, Sales will be remembered fondly by the people who grew up laughing at his bits. He is survived by his wife, two sons, his brother and four grandchildren.
After the jump, check out some videos of Soupy!