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Friend and former teaching colleague Jim Linnell described Mr. Wolfe as a “whirlwind of ideas and encouragement.” He said Mr. Wolfe had the power to set loose uncontrollable laughter in people.

Mr. Wolfe and his “Laugh-In” colleagues earned an Emmy in 1968 for their work on the television show. He also had small guest roles on various TV series and mentored hundreds of young writers.

A memorial service is being planned for June 10 at the University of New Mexico, where Mr. Wolfe taught writing for 12 years.

His 37-year teaching career also included a stint at the University of Southern California.

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