‘Otto & George’ comedian ventriloquist Otto Petersen dies suddenly (Audio)

By | April 14, 2014 at 10:43 am | 9 comments | feature slider, News, TV/Movies | Tags: , , ,

Otto and GeorgeOtto Petersen, the comedian behind x-rated ventriloquist act Otto & George, died yesterday while taking a nap. As of this writing, no cause of death has been revealed. Petersen was 53. A longtime, recurring guest on the Opie and Anthony Show on SiriusXM, the announcement was made there this morning.

“I am heartbroken to hear @OttoAndGeorge has died. He was so brilliantly funny. I really loved him,” comedian Jim Norton, co-host on the Opie and Anthony Show tweeted earlier today. “Otto was a fearless funny bastard,” comedian Colin Quinn added on Twitter. In May of 2013, Peteresen contracted bacterial meningitis and was placed in a medically-induced coma for about a week, though it’s unclear if his death had anything to do with that. The audio of the announcement is below.

The Staten Island native began as a street act with his dummy George Dudley in New York City in the early 70s before moving the ventriloquism into night clubs where his show evolved into the x-rated show that launched his his career. Petersen has since appeared with George on Late Show with David Letterman, The Aristocrats, I’m No Dummy, and The Playboy Channel. A few years ago he completed a season of his web series The Pig Roast with Otto & George.

We’ll be adding to this post as we get more information about Petersen’s death. For now, please keep his friends and family in your thoughts and check out a few videos below.

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  • Lona

    I love you Otto, I miss you terribly .

  • Ray1950

    Opie & Anthony have no problem ridiculing the deaths of others but this death is “heatbreaking.” Whatever.

    • Random Guy

      Because Otto was their friend and he was a great comedian that never got his fair due. They aren’t going to care or be sincere about some celebrity they don’t know.

    • JizzStains

      It’s still kinda cold out, so I wouldn’t exactly call it heatbreaking. ;)

    • Jeff

      Who have they ridiculed?

    • ted

      Down vote

  • James

    RIP Otto. Why couldn’t it have bee Jay Mohr?

    • Jorge Garrido

      Why do you have to throw that jab at Jay in? Although they had a few friendly battles on the air over a “Yoo Hoo” joke, the two were great friends. On his podcast Jay spoke highly about Otto with Colin Quinn, and then later Otto gave one of his best interviews ever on that same podcast. Jay Mohr, Otto, and Joe Derosa discussing The Sopranos, Buddy Hacket, and Otto’s guest appearance on Jay’s shortlived series “Action,” among other topics: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-sZYZxCLSM

      There’s no need to be a dick.

      • JizzStains

        I think he meant to say Sam.