Comedian Scott Kennedy dies (Video tribute)

By | March 18, 2013 at 9:55 am | One comment | feature slider, News | Tags: ,

As of this morning the official website for comedian Scott Kennedy was down due to it running out of bandwidth; in other words, too many people were trying to access the site at the same time. The reason is that the veteran comedian, who meant so much to so many, died suddenly on Thursday. Friends and fans alike were shocked by the news of the veteran comedian’s passing.

The Albuquerque, NM-born and Lubbock, TX-bred comic was perhaps best known by his more than 50 — Five-Zero! — trips to Iraq and Afghanistan to entertain U.S. troops and by his affable demeanor both on and off stage. Usually clad in a football jersey and cap, Kennedy slung jokes about his desire to be a police officer, his love of food and the fact he was gay– and intriguing reveal for most audiences as the big guy didn’t fit the the type of homosexual man mainstream media and television has popularized. Fellow comedian and Kennedy’s close friend Taylor Williamson posted a tribute today, which reads, in part:

I’ve worked with him so many times and it was always fun to see him get the crowd on his side, making them laugh about about his family, bb guns, being from Texas, then see how they reacted halfway through his performance when he casually mentions he’s gay. Even if they were homophobic, they already laughed. It was like he tricked them into realizing that we’re all people and to stop being idiots. He had a message just by being funny. I’m positive his comedy changed some people’s ignorant views for the better.

Kennedy’s Facebook page is currently packed with messages from fans, friends and fellow comedians expressing their deep sadness. Kennedy’s family urge other to keep sending their condolences through Facebook and to also send letters of support to the family C/O Mr. Jack Kennedy, 130 Broadmoor, Marble Falls, TX 78654. The family will maintain Kennedy’s Facebook page. Memorial Service details will be announced shortly.

To get a better sense of who Scott Kennedy was, check out this interview below, which also includes clips from his half-hour special for Comedy Central. You can also buy his album REALLY!?!? on iTunes.


If you wanted to get an even better portrait of Kennedy, you should most certainly watch the entire video below.

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  • Billy D. Washington

    Knowing Scott for almost 20 years I must say that his unfortunate passing is beyond sad, however I know that wherever he is he has found a punchline that makes him unique even within that experience. Of the stories I could share that range from our “comedy gym” classes as amateurs to the last time I saw him as we worked Vegas together, one especially stands out. I was in Sacramento working a corporate and desperately wanted to work the local comedy club. I was pleased to find out that Scott was the working headliner for the week. After being denied a guest set because of the managers absence I stayed to watch Scott work. As usual, he was firing on all cylinders in front of a packed house but took the time to acknowledge me in a way that was unique even for Scott’s big heart. After introducing me to his audience he asked if they would like to see me do a little time, and because it was Scott and they loved him it didn’t matter who I was, they loved me too. He introduced me to the stage in the middle of his set, sat and watched me do 5 minutes of the time that he had so deservedly earned then finished his set without missing a beat.

    Outside of what Scott meant to me, he was one of the good guys of stand-up. Of the many conversations we had he was never the bitter comedy veteran, he always found something complimentary to say and was a great conversationalist as well as a great listener. He was willing to give advice to help in ones pursuits but was leery of booking family men for the military tours because of the dangers that are inherent to that situation. He genuinely loved his military service and ACTUALLY donated merchandising proceeds to US servicemen along with free CD’s and DVD’s from comics he respected.

    For most passing comedians their legacy is defined by what they meant to audiences, however Scott will surely be remembered for being one of the greatest friends to comedy, it’s fans and most of all our military. Our collective flags hang at half mast.

    Sleep well Big guy.

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