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Comedian Rich Ceisler dies from rare Guillain-Barré syndrome

Comedian Rich Ceisler dies from rare Guillain-Barré syndrome

By | August 4, 2014 at 12:14 pm | No comments

Laughspin regrets to report that Boston comedian Rich Ceisler has passed away. Ceisler, a comedy veteran of over 30 years, fell ill last month while performing on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. He came down with the rare Guillain-Barré syndrome, a disorder that causes the...

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John Pinette, celebrated comedian, dies at 50

John Pinette, celebrated comedian, dies at 50

By | April 6, 2014 at 10:18 pm | One comment

Celebrated stand-up comedian John Pinette was found dead today in his room at the Sheraton Station Square Hotel in Pittsburgh. He was 50. Pinette, who was famously overweight and who had suffered from liver and heart disease in recent years, died of natural causes, according to...

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Harold Ramis, writer behind Animal House and Ghostbusters, is dead at 69 (Video)

Harold Ramis, writer behind Animal House and Ghostbusters, is dead at 69 (Video)

By | February 24, 2014 at 1:54 pm | No comments

Harold Ramis, the brain behind such classic comedy films as Groundhog Day, Stripes and one of the most quoted comedies in history, Caddyshack, is dead at the age of 69. His wife, Erica Mann, confirmed Ramis died from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare...

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Groundbreaking comedian Sid Caesar dies at 91 (Videos)

Groundbreaking comedian Sid Caesar dies at 91 (Videos)

By | February 12, 2014 at 3:42 pm | No comments

Groundbreaking and iconic comedian Sid Caesar, who helped launch the careers of Carl Reiner, Woody Allen and Mel Brooks, has died at the age of 91. Caesar was one of the first comic voices to become a television star, as NBC premiered his variety show Your Show of Shows in...

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Family Ties creator Gary David Goldberg dies at 68

Family Ties creator Gary David Goldberg dies at 68

By | June 24, 2013 at 10:55 am | No comments

After a long battle with brain cancer, Gary David Goldberg, the Emmy-award winning creator of the iconic comedy series Family Ties, died this morning at the age of 68, two days before his birthday. In addition to Family Ties, which launched the career of Michael J. Fox, Goldberg...

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My Jonathan Winters Journey: A personal remembrance

My Jonathan Winters Journey: A personal remembrance

By | April 14, 2013 at 9:55 pm | 4 comments

As I got closer to turning 30, more and more I found myself trying to figure out who I am. I went to therapy, took part in Jewish events, attended comedy seminars and studied philosophy. I thought the answers were out there and perhaps lied in the wisdom of other people. I...

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Jonathan Winters dies at 87: Watch 10 of his funniest television moments (Videos)

Jonathan Winters dies at 87: Watch 10 of his funniest television moments (Videos)

By | April 12, 2013 at 2:29 pm | 2 comments

After six decades in the entertainment industry, Jonathan Winters, the lovable comedian and comic actor known for his ever-growing roster of zany television characters, has died at the age of 87. A family friend confirmed to the Associated Press that Winters passed away...

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Comedian Scott Kennedy dies (Video tribute)

Comedian Scott Kennedy dies (Video tribute)

By | March 18, 2013 at 9:55 am | One comment

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...

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Robert Schimmel documentary in the works and you can help fund it (Video)

Robert Schimmel documentary in the works and you can help fund it (Video)

By | January 15, 2013 at 4:27 pm | No comments

When Robert Schimmel died in 2010, he left behind him a body of work any comedian would have been proud to create. At 60 years old, Schimmel was a cancer survivor and was still earnestly touring across the country, so it was a shock to the comedy world when he was critically...

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