Winters in the 1967 movie “Eight on the Lam.” (AP)



“He said, ‘What’s the matter with those characters in Ohio? I’ll bet there are some far-out dudes that you grew up with back in Ohio.’”


Jonathan Winters on the advice he got early in his career from a janitor, who told him to quit doing hackneyed John Wayne and Cary Grant impressions like everybody else; two days later, reports AP, Winters dreamed up his salty old lady character Maude Frickert, and his career took off. Read Megan Buerger’s obituary of the comedian, who just died at 87: Jonathan Winters, comedian behind memorable characters for late-night TV

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