- The Washington Times - Saturday, October 22, 2016

Comedian and actor Kevin Meaney, a late-night television mainstay made famous by Johnny Carson, has passed away at the age of 60, his agent said Friday.

The comic was found at his residence in Forestburgh, New York, and a cause of death was not immediately known, agent Tom Ingegno told CNN.

“It is true as confirmed to me by his family. It is a tremendous loss to the comedy community as well. He was loved and will be missed,” Mr. Ingegno told Laughspin.

Meaney had been scheduled to perform Saturday night in Rhode Island, and was slated to begin a five-night residency at The Borgata in Atlantic City next month, according to his website. His Twitter account was active as recently as Wednesday when he posted jokes prior to the final presidential debate.

A native of Valhalla, N.Y., Meaney entered comedy in 1980 and made it big by the decade’s end. He landed his first HBO comedy special in 1986, and the following year performed on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” for what was the first of a dozen performances. Later he’d play the title role in the short-lived TV series “Uncle Buck,” followed by frequent appearances on talk shows and television series in the decades that followed.

The comic’s routines were rife with an unmistakable and universally relatable impression of his mother, a nasally, nagging character through whom he frequently delivered his catchphrase: “That’s not right!”

“Why do you do this to your father and I? That’s not right,” he’d often say.

Decades later, the saying was still being parlayed on Twitter earlier this month with regards to recent comments made by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

“Sometimes I’ll use locker room banter,” he tweeted Oct. 12. “It’s uncomfortable but I have my catch phrases, ‘That’s not right! You’re going to poke an eye out!’” he tweeted.

The comic’s colleagues shared tributes on social media into the weekend as news of his passing spread.

“We all have friends that make us laugh until we cry. Kevin could do that to anyone or maybe Kevin was just everyone’s friend. One of the most joyous and kind people I will every know. I love my courageous and insane friend,” comedian Bobcat Goldthwait wrote on Instagram.

Kevin Meaney was as funny as they get and the nicest man. He could make you lose your mind laughing. A very special person,” tweeted writer and director Judd Apatow.

Meaney married Mary Ann Halford in 1995, and the couple had one daughter. They later divorced, and in 2008 he announced publicly he was gay. 

“It’s certainly helped my standup,” he told the Miami Herald of his coming out, “because comedy is based on honesty.”

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