Kevin Meaney, the well-known stand-up comedian known for the catchphrase “That’s not right!” has died at the age of 60.
Meaney’s sudden death shocked fan and celebrities alike, who praised his comedic talents. Meaney’s agent confirmed his death on October 21.
Meaney’s website says, “Emmy Award winner Kevin Meaney has been one of the country’s most popular standup comedians for more than 25 years.”
He was still doing stand-up comedy as recently as October 6.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Meaney Was Found Dead in His Home
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Meaney was found dead in his home in Forestburgh, New York.
A cause of death was not immediately released, and an autopsy is scheduled, said the Hollywood newspaper.
Laughspin said Meaney was remembered for his catchphrase, “That’s Not Right!” It was an imitation of his mother, the site said.
2. Famous Stars & Fans Alike Are Paying Tribute to Meaney on Social Media
Famous comedians like Judd Apatow and Rosie O’Donnell have paid tribune to Meaney on Twitter. Fans expressed shock and sadness over Meaney’s death.
Laughspin said Meaney was scheduled to “perform stand-up comedy at B. Pinelli’s in East Providence, Rhode Island tomorrow night.”
3. Meaney Got His Break on an HBO Special & Johnny Carson’s Late Night Show
Meaney’s website says that he spent “his early years doing standup comedy in San Francisco and Boston.”
His first HBO special in 1986 “catapulted him to the forefront of the comedy scene,” said the website.
In 1987, Meaney made his debut appearance on, “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson and was invited by Johnny to join the guest panel, the website said, adding: “Since his first appearance Kevin has returned to the show a dozen times. He was a special guest on Saturday Night Live and has appeared on Letterman, Regis, Oprah and Conan.”
4. Meaney Was Also An Actor, Starring in the Sitcom ‘Uncle Buck’
Meaney’s website says that he starred in the CBS sitcom “Uncle Buck” for the full season it ran.
“In addition, he has done numerous guest appearances on both sitcoms and dramas,” says the website, adding that Meaney “also had a featured role in the movie ‘Big.'”
He later starred in the Broadway production of Hairspray “as The Male Authority Figure, playing five roles – Mr. Pinky, Harriman F. Spritzer, The Principal, The Cop and the Flasher.”
Meaney was also a writer and producer, his website says.
5. Meaney Leaves Behind a Daughter
Meaney’s website says that he was living in New York with his daughter, Kate. On Twitter, Meaney described himself as “standup comedian, actor, writer, seller of songs, father, son and the Holy Ghost.”
On Facebook, he wrote about his daughter. In 2015, he joked, “Kate is making a clock for science fair. I’m so proud but I told her to keep it a secret, you don’t want anyone copying.#ClockGate.”
Meaney’s last tweet was on October 19, and it was political:
A friend shared her last text message from Meaney: