Friend of late comedian Angelo Bowers recounts the last days they spent together

By | January 4, 2012 at 3:56 pm | 67 comments | feature slider, News, Opinion | Tags: ,

ed note: We reported last night that comedian Angelo Bowers had passed away when he was involved in a car accident caused by a drunk driver. His friend and fellow comedian Josh Adam Meyers was in the same car and remains in critical condition; he’s expected to make a full recovery, though he’s sustained many broken bones. You can read the full story here. The below tribute was written by another one of Angelo’s close friends, comedian Matty Goldberg.

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The first time I ever saw Angelo Bowers perform was in the Belly Room at the Comedy Store. With each punch line, the crowd came along for the ride with such joy and exuberance. There was no neediness in his approach— just one great joke after the next. I was in awe. This was the best comic I had seen in LA. He was so funny I assumed he had to be a dick.

Lets face it; comedy is a tough game. I started in New York City and some of the funniest guys I ever saw and the ones I admired most also seemed to be the most ruthless, bitter dudes on the planet. I never understood this. How could telling jokes to a roaring crowd make one so miserable? And then the longer I did comedy and the more I dealt with the craziness of offstage BS and crazy comics, it can really harden your soul. I was turning into that “bitter guy” and I didn’t even realize it.

The second time I saw Angelo was at Jon Lovitz Comedy Club. I was the MC and had to bring him up onstage. He was so nice and sincere and told me how much he dug my stuff; I was taken aback. Two months later I see him walking on Sunset Blvd. We just start talking and we hit it off. I was so intrigued by him. I asked where he lived, what his story was. He told me he couch surfs. I was like anytime you need a place to crash, you have one.

And then it happened. We just became friends. He loved talking to me about New York comedy. He would watch guys like Russ Meneve, Ted Alexandro and Dave Attell online and he admired how brilliant they were. He was amazed I got to see them live ontage so often. He also called me the “Miami fuck machine.” It was the most beautiful nickname ever cause it was so silly. Oh, and my sister’s house in which I live in the basement, was called “Matty’s Fuckpad,” which had anything but fucking going on in it. It was hysterical.

I was getting real close with Ang, but what I didn’t realize was that he had to be shared. He was really close with two other great guys, Josh Adam Meyers and John Shefsky. With me, Josh and John, he had different lingos. He talked about different things. There was even times when I’d get pissed at Josh because he took Angelo away from a night he was supposed to spend at my house. WE WERE FIGHTING FOR WHERE ANGELO WOULD COUCH SURF. How amazing must a person be for that to happen?

Lets get back to comedy. See, I became this bitter guy. Sure, comedy was still in my blood, but I forgot about performing just for the love and got caught up in auditions, festivals, agents and who was getting what. Ugh, every comic thinks about this. Everyone goes nuts about this shit. But I can honestly say that Angelo didn’t. When I’d bitch and moan to him, he would just laugh, and make things lighter.

It was all about performing for Ang. It was about just going up and telling jokes. It was simple. It was beautiful. Whether it was an open mic in front of three people or a packed Improv, each show gave him the same pleasure. It was always fun.

And when I saw his attitude and what made him happy, it made me re-love comedy. I felt lucky and blessed. We comedians are the luckiest people on this Earth. We get to tell jokes and bring laughter to people. It’s that fucking simple. Forget the industry, forget who is passed at what club. Whenever you get to perform, it’s a goddamn gift.

And I took that message from him. I really did. Thanks, Angelo.

In October, I get a text from Angelo.

“Can I come over, I’m scared.”

I didn’t know how to react. I called him immediately and he told me they found a tumor in his chest. When he came over, I saw his face. For first time ever he wasn’t smiling. I told him he would beat it. We had a short cry together and he was off to Modesto, CA to check himself into a hospital.

The next few months I spent chatting with him and his mother on the phone. In this country if you don’t have insurance, things move slow and it was getting on Angelo. The happiest guy with the best smile was getting frustrated. I assured him that “by 2012 you will be back in LA. Stay patient, you will beat this.”

Right around Christmas, Angelo got the best present ever: A clean bill of health. No more tumor, and no chemo.

It was amazing, beautiful. Angelo could now return to what he loved to do— telling jokes in LA. He arrived at my place on Dec. 26, fresh with a new beard. He had a lumberjack look! Now that he was doing fine, I felt it was time for an angry lecture from me— or what Angelo described as a “Matty Scolding.”

“Listen, Angelo. Now that you got a second chance, its time to treat yourself like a goddamn professional. Get a fucking Facebook page. Start calling these clubs and start demanding to be heard. You’re too fucking funny to be toiling around. I’m goddamn serious. I’m angry.”

He just laughed. His response was “Oh no, Matty’s gone Buffalo Bill on me.”

“Buffalo Bill” was what Angelo would call me if I started ranting or started raising my voice. It was in reference to the psycho in Silence of The Lambs. He loved when I went Buffalo Bill. I often did it to make him laugh.

But in the end humility is what ruled Angelo. He refused to have a Facebook page. He refused to put up YouTube videos. Everything he did was organic. This always used to bother me. I felt like it was stunting his career, yet deep down I admired it.

And so Angelo came over the day after Christmas. He couldn’t wait to see all his comedian buddies. He couldn’t wait to see me. We spent that day just chilling, watching comedy clips and sports documentaries. I ordered a shit load of food. I told him “at my palace you eat like a king,” but all he wanted to eat was peanut butter sanwiches.

On Dec. 27 and 28 we did gigs together. That first night he was so nervous. He told me he had all new stuff. I thought he was nuts for being so rusty and trying new stuff. But he was awesome. Everytime I watched him, all I thought was, “Why doesn’t the whole world know who Angelo Bowers is?”

That second gig was in the Valley, and he was so on. His timing, his rhythm was amazing. There were loud applause breaks after every joke. I told him that he totally got it back. He just shook his head and said, “Oh no Matty, I just want to be like you, you’re my hero.” That was the thing about Angelo. He would never take a compliment; he was too humble.

New Year’s Eve came– and that turns into Matty Self Loathing time. I like to spend it alone, watching shitty TV and watching fake people being happy. I told Angelo, “Go out and have a good time. I need to wallow.”

“Oh no Matty, I’m spending it with you,” he said.

And so we watched MTV and Ryan Seacrest and made fun of it. That’s a photo of us at the top of this piece.

At 11pm, my little sister came downstairs to see us, before heading to a party.

“This New Year’ss sucks. My boyfriend dumped me, I’m sad,” she said.

“Awe, you look so beautiful,” Angelo chimed in.

My sister told me the next morning, “Your friend cheered me up!”

Then I made her take a picture of us. Me, Angelo and my doggies. It was the best New Year’s I’ve ever had.

Monday was his last day. He spent part of it in my back yard going over his comedy notes like a mad scientist. He had two spots that night and I could see how excited he was to perform. But even more than performing he was excited to see his comedy friends. I got texts from people that night. “Where is Angelo performing, I want to see him.”

I sent them to the Comedy Store and Red Rock.

I fell asleep at 11 that night. I figured Angelo would wander in at 1 a.m., apologize for waking me up, and then I’d want to hang out. I checked my room where he was sleeping. No Angelo. I woke up at 4 a.m., checked my room again. No Angelo. 7:30 a.m., I’m up to walk my dogs, and still no Angelo. I assumed he crashed at Josh’s. Josh was going through stuff and needed to catch up, anyway.

You just don’t expect the worst. But it was the worst.

Yesterday is a blurry, awful haze. I’m waking up numb from it, completely punched in the stomach. I got to meet Angelo’s wonderful mom. I had his stuff, his clothes. She cried in my arms and told me how much Angelo loved hanging out with me. I told her I kept one of his T-shirts. It was a generic 49′ers shirt he got for Christmas that he made fun of.

Angelo’s mom then said something I could not believe.

“I never got to see my son perform.”

It was crushing. If only she knew how genius he was. If only she knew how every comic in LA LOVED, LOVED him.

So Heartbreaking.

And that’s why I went “Buffalo Bill” on you, Angelo. You had this tremendous gift. You wrote like nobody else. The world deserved to see how amazing and how talented you were. There is one video of you on YouTube. It’s by someone taping you on a camera phone. It says “this guy is hysterical, who is he?”

It’s Wednesday. Angelo was supposed to do the Laugh Factory Fresh Faces show. It’s a video series they put online. Angelo was so nervous, and worried it would make him look bad. Buffalo Bill struck again, “Angelo, don’t be a fucking idiot. Everybody is going to now see how awesome you are. I guarantee you will get so much from this. Stop being a pussy and fucking go up there and do your thing.”

“Aww, Buffalo Bill in the morning. Relax, Matty.”

And then we laughed.

I still hear your voice in my head, Angelo. Your saying “da-da-da Matty G.” It’s ringing over and over.

How do I end this? I’ll just say for all comics reading this (and we are all guilty of this) next time you are on stage, just think: Damn. We are the luckiest people on earth. WE ARE LIVING, BREATHING and TELLING JOKES. Forget about career, industry, showcases, agents and hating on others. Just breathe and say, ‘I get to tell jokes, and its beautiful.’

Every time Angelo stepped on stage, he did just that. It was real and pure.

I’ll forever love you, Angelo. I appreciate how much time you spent with me when everyone wanted to hang out with you. Thank you for inspiring everyone around you. Keep making them laugh and stick to your guns. There’s no Facebook pages in heaven.

About the Author

Matty Goldberg

Matty Goldberg is a Los Angeles-based comedian.

  • KevinBartini

    So sorry Matty.  I didn’t get to meet Angelo and I’m sorry for that.  You are a genuine and wonderful person and you attract good people.  He sounds like a great guy.  A friend of a friend of was taken tragically and it saddens me.  Keep your chin up.
    KB

  • a fan

    Beautiful tribute beautifully written. Thank you Matty.

  • Matt Lewis

    great stuff Matty. I felt the same way, he was as an awesome dude. Comedy was always funnier when Angelo was around. great work man.

  • ebtiesman

    Beautifully written, Matty — thank you for your poignant reflection on your wonderful friend.

  • ebtiesman

    Beautifully written, Matty — thank you for your poignant reflection on your wonderful friend.

  • Jeffbjohnston

    Well said. He was the nicest comedian in LA.

  • Jeffbjohnston

    Well said. He was the nicest comedian in LA.

  • KenDaley

    So sad I never got to see Angelo perform, and I know I’m not alone. Just a “civilian” comedy fan in Arlington TX who stumbled upon this terrible news through Twitter today and have spent an hour reading about a brilliant comic and exceptional guy whom I’d not heard of before today. My loss, which clearly pales in comparison to yours. You have written a beautiful, moving tribute to your friend. And it seems indeed a crime that the world didn’t know about him at a level commensurate with his talent and love. Thanks for sharing him with us, Matty.

  • KenDaley

    So sad I never got to see Angelo perform, and I know I’m not alone. Just a “civilian” comedy fan in Arlington TX who stumbled upon this terrible news through Twitter today and have spent an hour reading about a brilliant comic and exceptional guy whom I’d not heard of before today. My loss, which clearly pales in comparison to yours. You have written a beautiful, moving tribute to your friend. And it seems indeed a crime that the world didn’t know about him at a level commensurate with his talent and love. Thanks for sharing him with us, Matty.

  • Jessica

    Thank you so much for sharing your story about Angelo. I went to high school with him and it’s so great to read your words and know that he never strayed from the person I knew and loved then. I hope that you’re comforted in knowing that he touched so many lives, just liked he touched yours. I hope you share your stories of his hilarity with the masses, so they can all know what kind of a person he was – wonderful, hilarious, caring, and kind. Sending virtual hugs (although, not as good as the hugs Angelo gave. He always gave the best hugs!!)

  • Anonymous

    Great tribute

  • http://twitter.com/JackieEco Jackie Eco

    Beautifully said. RIP Angelo.

  • Ryan E. Hoffman

    Well done, Matty. Angelo had that power. I can hear his voice in my head as you write.

  • Ryan E. Hoffman

    Well done, Matty. Angelo had that power. I can hear his voice in my head as you write.

  • Ryan E. Hoffman

    Well done, Matty. Angelo had that power. I can hear his voice in my head as you write.

  • Ryan E. Hoffman

    Well done, Matty. Angelo had that power. I can hear his voice in my head as you write.

  • Pigott44

    Well Done Matty…
    This really sums up the magic of Angelo.
    Thanks for writing this.

  • Pigott44

    Well Done Matty…
    This really sums up the magic of Angelo.
    Thanks for writing this.

  • Pigott44

    Well Done Matty…
    This really sums up the magic of Angelo.
    Thanks for writing this.

  • Pigott44

    Well Done Matty…
    This really sums up the magic of Angelo.
    Thanks for writing this.

  • Pigott44

    Well Done Matty…
    This really sums up the magic of Angelo.
    Thanks for writing this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andrea.delesdernier Andrea Delesdernier

    Matty, I really appreciate you sharing that story. Sounds like Angelo was one of the beautiful, bright shining souls that we don’t get to have in our lives for a long time. I swear they are angels. Your story makes me cry and smile, and yes realize how lucky we are. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/andrea.delesdernier Andrea Delesdernier

    Matty, I really appreciate you sharing that story. Sounds like Angelo was one of the beautiful, bright shining souls that we don’t get to have in our lives for a long time. I swear they are angels. Your story makes me cry and smile, and yes realize how lucky we are. 

  • Matt

    Heartfelt honest and beautifully written. You two clearly had a friendship anyone would envy. So sorry for your loss.

  • Matt

    Heartfelt honest and beautifully written. You two clearly had a friendship anyone would envy. So sorry for your loss.

  • Matt

    Heartfelt honest and beautifully written. You two clearly had a friendship anyone would envy. So sorry for your loss.

  • Open Micer

    This is so touching and moving. I knew angelo only a little bit, but he was always encouraging and kind to me. That means a lot especially when it comes from a comic like angelo who is way more experienced than me and way more funny. This is a tragedy for those who knew him closely, those who knew him only from his comedy, and mostly for those who didn’t even get a chance to know or see him. But even though there isn’t many videos of him. We all know how fucking funny he was. He will always live in the funny and in our minds. This is a loss for not only comedy, but for the larger entertainment community. They would’ve been SO lucky to hear angelo’s comedy.

  • Open Micer

    This is so touching and moving. I knew angelo only a little bit, but he was always encouraging and kind to me. That means a lot especially when it comes from a comic like angelo who is way more experienced than me and way more funny. This is a tragedy for those who knew him closely, those who knew him only from his comedy, and mostly for those who didn’t even get a chance to know or see him. But even though there isn’t many videos of him. We all know how fucking funny he was. He will always live in the funny and in our minds. This is a loss for not only comedy, but for the larger entertainment community. They would’ve been SO lucky to hear angelo’s comedy.

  • Open Micer

    This is so touching and moving. I knew angelo only a little bit, but he was always encouraging and kind to me. That means a lot especially when it comes from a comic like angelo who is way more experienced than me and way more funny. This is a tragedy for those who knew him closely, those who knew him only from his comedy, and mostly for those who didn’t even get a chance to know or see him. But even though there isn’t many videos of him. We all know how fucking funny he was. He will always live in the funny and in our minds. This is a loss for not only comedy, but for the larger entertainment community. They would’ve been SO lucky to hear angelo’s comedy.

  • Nkountoupes

    thank you for writing this.

  • Betsy

    i don’t know you, but i knew Angelo.  Dustin and Sax introduced me to him during the last years of the Unknown. i am a casting director and fell in love with Angelo’s presence and good hugs, i even auditioned him several times, and each time i had to take him aside and coach him along.  He’d say to me did i do ok, i want to do ok for you……no Angelo do ok for you i would say back.  i will forever be greatful to Sax and Dustin for making me stay up way to late to listen to him…he was on his way…..heaven must be a really great place today!

  • Betsy

    i don’t know you, but i knew Angelo.  Dustin and Sax introduced me to him during the last years of the Unknown. i am a casting director and fell in love with Angelo’s presence and good hugs, i even auditioned him several times, and each time i had to take him aside and coach him along.  He’d say to me did i do ok, i want to do ok for you……no Angelo do ok for you i would say back.  i will forever be greatful to Sax and Dustin for making me stay up way to late to listen to him…he was on his way…..heaven must be a really great place today!

  • Betsy

    i don’t know you, but i knew Angelo.  Dustin and Sax introduced me to him during the last years of the Unknown. i am a casting director and fell in love with Angelo’s presence and good hugs, i even auditioned him several times, and each time i had to take him aside and coach him along.  He’d say to me did i do ok, i want to do ok for you……no Angelo do ok for you i would say back.  i will forever be greatful to Sax and Dustin for making me stay up way to late to listen to him…he was on his way…..heaven must be a really great place today!

  • JM

    Absolutely beautiful man. Though never meeting Angelo in person i heard nothing but great things from his cousin here in New Mexico. Your words tell a story of what a great person he was and though i see my friend here hurting for the loss of his family member, I know that he will enjoy what you have written in his memory. 

  • JM

    Absolutely beautiful man. Though never meeting Angelo in person i heard nothing but great things from his cousin here in New Mexico. Your words tell a story of what a great person he was and though i see my friend here hurting for the loss of his family member, I know that he will enjoy what you have written in his memory. 

  • JM

    Absolutely beautiful man. Though never meeting Angelo in person i heard nothing but great things from his cousin here in New Mexico. Your words tell a story of what a great person he was and though i see my friend here hurting for the loss of his family member, I know that he will enjoy what you have written in his memory. 

    • David

      @ jm I am Phillip’s cousin David, tell him i love him and Angelo is in a better place.

  • melissa villasenor

    You’re in my prayers Matty. 

  • melissa villasenor

    You’re in my prayers Matty. 

  • melissa villasenor

    You’re in my prayers Matty. 

  • CourtneyScheuerman

    Thanks for sharing that Matty, beautiful stuff, thank you for writing this

  • CourtneyScheuerman

    Thanks for sharing that Matty, beautiful stuff, thank you for writing this

  • Rose Hienz

    Thanks for writting this. I didn’t know him well but I feel very sad. I miss his big hugs and positive energy. He was booked to perform on my show at the Barbara Morisson Performing Arts Center next Tuesday. I was looking forward to getting to know him better.

  • Rose Hienz

    Thanks for writting this. I didn’t know him well but I feel very sad. I miss his big hugs and positive energy. He was booked to perform on my show at the Barbara Morisson Performing Arts Center next Tuesday. I was looking forward to getting to know him better.

  • Rose Hienz

    Thanks for writting this. I didn’t know him well but I feel very sad. I miss his big hugs and positive energy. He was booked to perform on my show at the Barbara Morisson Performing Arts Center next Tuesday. I was looking forward to getting to know him better.

  • Steve

    Thanks for writing that.  It was really well done.  I’m sorry you lost your friend.

  • comic fan

    I had the pleasure of seeing Angelo perform. He always livened up the open mics and I saw him around town frequently. I always wanted to approach him, but I was too nervous. I was intimidated by his talent.  He had a magnetic, “star quality”  quality about him. May he rest in peace and keep em laughing on the astral plain.

  • comic fan

    I had the pleasure of seeing Angelo perform. He always livened up the open mics and I saw him around town frequently. I always wanted to approach him, but I was too nervous. I was intimidated by his talent.  He had a magnetic, “star quality”  quality about him. May he rest in peace and keep em laughing on the astral plain.

  • comic fan

    I had the pleasure of seeing Angelo perform. He always livened up the open mics and I saw him around town frequently. I always wanted to approach him, but I was too nervous. I was intimidated by his talent.  He had a magnetic, “star quality”  quality about him. May he rest in peace and keep em laughing on the astral plain.

  • comic fan

    I had the pleasure of seeing Angelo perform. He always livened up the open mics and I saw him around town frequently. I always wanted to approach him, but I was too nervous. I was intimidated by his talent.  He had a magnetic, “star quality”  quality about him. May he rest in peace and keep em laughing on the astral plain.

  • comic fan

    I had the pleasure of seeing Angelo perform. He always livened up the open mics and I saw him around town frequently. I always wanted to approach him, but I was too nervous. I was intimidated by his talent.  He had a magnetic, “star quality”  quality about him. May he rest in peace and keep em laughing on the astral plain.

  • Anonymous

    Never heard of Angelo until today, but this is a moving and beautiful article. Sorry for the loss of your friend. 

  • Anonymous

    Never heard of Angelo until today, but this is a moving and beautiful article. Sorry for the loss of your friend. 

  • Mauriceking40

    This is one of the most saddest stories I have heard in a while. Thank you man for sharing this. He was truly THE NICEST PERSON I HAVE EVER MET IN MY LIFE….The Nigga made me hug him….. If I ain’t related to you. I ain’t hugging you. I love him man…He was a true comic man

  • joe greenberg

    Nice job Matty.  You out Buffaloed Buffalo Bill on this one.  I believe he’d be more than pleased on what you wrote.  Real Nice!!.

  • Tim Babb

    I had no idea his mother had never seen him perform. Such a tragic loss. He was an amazing guy. Yes he was a great comic…but he was an amazing human being. Thank you for sharing.

  • Tim Babb

    I had no idea his mother had never seen him perform. Such a tragic loss. He was an amazing guy. Yes he was a great comic…but he was an amazing human being. Thank you for sharing.

  • Tim Babb

    I had no idea his mother had never seen him perform. Such a tragic loss. He was an amazing guy. Yes he was a great comic…but he was an amazing human being. Thank you for sharing.

  • Ronitfree

    Wow – this makes me wish i knew him and also you Matty, all the way from Tel-Aviv -beautifully written!!! I felt like i was together with you two comedy clips. The best thing you can do is keep his legacy! Go on stage and perform like nobody is watching you and just enjoy it – it’s truley a gift!

  • http://AdamLeadbeater.com/ Adam Leadbeater

    Hey…came across this tragic story through “random” (no coincidence) meeting….I like many of you have turned pain into laughter… when this happens to one of our best ambassadors comedy, even gallows humor, is…. well is…. Hoping this helps…

    You can shed tears that he is goneor you can smile because he has lived.You can close your eyes and pray that he’ll come backor you can open your eyes and see all he’s left.Your heart can be empty because you can’t see himor you can be full of the love you shared.You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterdayor you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.You can remember him and only that he’s goneor you can cherish his memory and let it live on.You can cry and close your mind,be empty and turn your backor you can do what he’d want:smile, open your eyes, love and go on.Author unknown…. my deepest sympathy.. Adam Leadbeater  

  • http://AdamLeadbeater.com/ Adam Leadbeater

    Hey…came across this tragic story through “random” (no coincidence) meeting….I like many of you have turned pain into laughter… when this happens to one of our best ambassadors comedy, even gallows humor, is…. well is…. Hoping this helps…

    You can shed tears that he is goneor you can smile because he has lived.You can close your eyes and pray that he’ll come backor you can open your eyes and see all he’s left.Your heart can be empty because you can’t see himor you can be full of the love you shared.You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterdayor you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.You can remember him and only that he’s goneor you can cherish his memory and let it live on.You can cry and close your mind,be empty and turn your backor you can do what he’d want:smile, open your eyes, love and go on.Author unknown…. my deepest sympathy.. Adam Leadbeater  

  • http://AdamLeadbeater.com/ Adam Leadbeater

    Hey…came across this tragic story through “random” (no coincidence) meeting….I like many of you have turned pain into laughter… when this happens to one of our best ambassadors comedy, even gallows humor, is…. well is…. Hoping this helps…

    You can shed tears that he is goneor you can smile because he has lived.You can close your eyes and pray that he’ll come backor you can open your eyes and see all he’s left.Your heart can be empty because you can’t see himor you can be full of the love you shared.You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterdayor you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.You can remember him and only that he’s goneor you can cherish his memory and let it live on.You can cry and close your mind,be empty and turn your backor you can do what he’d want:smile, open your eyes, love and go on.Author unknown…. my deepest sympathy.. Adam Leadbeater  

  • http://AdamLeadbeater.com/ Adam Leadbeater

    Hey…came across this tragic story through “random” (no coincidence) meeting….I like many of you have turned pain into laughter… when this happens to one of our best ambassadors comedy, even gallows humor, is…. well is…. Hoping this helps…

    You can shed tears that he is goneor you can smile because he has lived.You can close your eyes and pray that he’ll come backor you can open your eyes and see all he’s left.Your heart can be empty because you can’t see himor you can be full of the love you shared.You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterdayor you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.You can remember him and only that he’s goneor you can cherish his memory and let it live on.You can cry and close your mind,be empty and turn your backor you can do what he’d want:smile, open your eyes, love and go on.Author unknown…. my deepest sympathy.. Adam Leadbeater  

  • BrandonMassey

    This is a great tribute. I was Angelo’s roommate at Cal State LA for a year and half in 2008 and 2009. For whatever reason, we didn’t really keep in touch after we both moved out but we had always gotten along. Everything you said is so completely true about him…the humility, the talent, the passion, the nicknames….I have never seen a young person in entertainment so passionate about his work. I am an actor and he was always interested in my career, as I was in his. We often spoke about how we wanted to do what we do for the love of it, not for superficial reasons. He absolutely loved comedy and that’s all he wanted to do and he worked hard at it. Me and my other roommate would sit around for hours and listen to Angelo riff improvised jokes off at whatever was on TV. He was also a very talented guitarist and we all used to have fun jamming together. Although we hadn’t been in touch lately, this guy was a good friend and a big part of my life for over a year and I’ll never forget the joy and laughs he brought into my life. Not only that, but he was considerate…always kind and friendly to any guests I brought over and always quiet when he came home late at night from comedy shows and I was sleeping. I’m just glad he left behind a legacy of jokes for us to enjoy. I wish I had kept in better touch with him and now I feel terrible that I didn’t. Now I’ve learned that if I’m wondering about someone or thinking about them, I need to pick up the phone and call instead of waiting. You never know when a tragedy like this can happen. RIP Angelo…thanks for being a great roommate and for making me laugh over and over again.

  • BrandonMassey

    This is a great tribute. I was Angelo’s roommate at Cal State LA for a year and half in 2008 and 2009. For whatever reason, we didn’t really keep in touch after we both moved out but we had always gotten along. Everything you said is so completely true about him…the humility, the talent, the passion, the nicknames….I have never seen a young person in entertainment so passionate about his work. I am an actor and he was always interested in my career, as I was in his. We often spoke about how we wanted to do what we do for the love of it, not for superficial reasons. He absolutely loved comedy and that’s all he wanted to do and he worked hard at it. Me and my other roommate would sit around for hours and listen to Angelo riff improvised jokes off at whatever was on TV. He was also a very talented guitarist and we all used to have fun jamming together. Although we hadn’t been in touch lately, this guy was a good friend and a big part of my life for over a year and I’ll never forget the joy and laughs he brought into my life. Not only that, but he was considerate…always kind and friendly to any guests I brought over and always quiet when he came home late at night from comedy shows and I was sleeping. I’m just glad he left behind a legacy of jokes for us to enjoy. I wish I had kept in better touch with him and now I feel terrible that I didn’t. Now I’ve learned that if I’m wondering about someone or thinking about them, I need to pick up the phone and call instead of waiting. You never know when a tragedy like this can happen. RIP Angelo…thanks for being a great roommate and for making me laugh over and over again.

  • Sescie

    This is the most BEAUTIFUL and honest article I have ever read. We are all so lucky to be here and should never take a day for granted. I will always remember this article for its truthfulness and authenticity. As comics we get to create laughter  Its a beautiful thing … its a different way of helping the world. I’m proud to be a comic and we as a different bunch as we are, we can change the world.One chuckle at a time. Im so sorry for your loss  he truly was a loved comic, person and friend.

  • Sescie

    This is the most BEAUTIFUL and honest article I have ever read. We are all so lucky to be here and should never take a day for granted. I will always remember this article for its truthfulness and authenticity. As comics we get to create laughter  Its a beautiful thing … its a different way of helping the world. I’m proud to be a comic and we as a different bunch as we are, we can change the world.One chuckle at a time. Im so sorry for your loss  he truly was a loved comic, person and friend.