Stand comedian and actor Kevin Meaney died yesterday at his Forestburgh, New York home according to his agent who confirmed his passing to several media outlets. The cause of death is not known at this time. Meaney is widely respected as one of the best comedians to break out during the 1980’s boom, becoming one of the first comics to have a special air on HBO in 1986. Meaney became known for his biting act which would be punctuated by signature line “That’s Not Right!” in the character of his overbearing mother.
His success continued with a numerous performances on the Tonight Show with Johnny Cahttps://youtu.be/qFGIYSS_34grson, the Late Show, Saturday Night Live, and more. Meaney’s charismatic voice talents allowed him to contribute to a lot of memorable animated shows like Rocko’s Modern Life, Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Duckman, and Dr. Katz. He also had a successful run on Broadway with a one-man show and starred in a sitcom adaption of ‘Unlce Buck’ for CBS. He consistently toured the country, earning rave reviews and regard from comedy fans everywhere. Meaney was simply one of the best comedians who ever performed, even if he’s not the first comic whose name comes to mind right away.
‘The Tonight Show’ with Jonny Carson in 1989.
Meaney opening for Jerry Seinfeld on Broadway in 1999.
Meaney stayed relevant and active in comedy into later years, and was scheduled to perform this weekend in Rhode Island. His act evolved as he did as a person coming out as a gay man in 2008, and enduring personal set backs which influenced his work. If you have never seen him perform, seek out his specials and check out these clips covering different periods of his long and always funny career.
My sincere condolences go to Kevin Meaney’s family and friends.