Kevin Meaney, a veteran stand-up comedian and actor, was found dead in his Forestburgh, N.Y. home on Friday. The cause of death for the 60-year-old was not immediately known.
In a 1995 review of Meaney’s show in Washington, critic Dave Nuttycombe invited readers to picture “the precocious love child of Jonathan Winters and Ethel Merman, and you have some idea of Kevin Meaney’s act.” Many of Meaney’s most well-known lines were drawn from an impersonation of his long-suffering mother.
Meaney also appeared in the Broadway production of “Hairspray,” and played the title role in a short-lived sitcom version of the film “Uncle Buck.”
Meaney’s fellow comics immediately took to Twitter to remember a man known for his humor on stage and his kindness off it.
Always thought Kevin Meaney was a brilliant comedian. Then we hung out in Ireland and I found out he was also a terrific person. RIP.
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) October 22, 2016
RIP Kevin Meaney. What a joy it was to watch you destroy an audience. Your fun was contagious.
— Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) October 22, 2016
Kevin Meaney was sweet, hilarious and courageous. A silly, wonderful, man. The best. My heart goes out to his fans, friends and family.
— Bobcat Goldthwait (@bcgoldthwait) October 22, 2016
And Meaney was still garnering rave reviews earlier this month:
— The Friars Club (@friarsclub) October 6, 2016
To get a sense of Meaney’s style, check out this clip of his “We Are the World” parody. (Starting at the 2:00 mark.)
Thanks for the laughs, Kevin.