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David Letterman, Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, and More Pay Tribute to Joan Rivers

Here's a clip from last night's Late Show, in which Letterman takes a few moments to pay tribute to Joan Rivers following news of her passing. "The force and power of her comedy was overwhelming. I said to people, 'I didn't remember that she was that funny,' but by God, she was all her life." Click through to see some other late night tributes to Rivers last night from Late Show, The Daily Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Late Late Show, and Conan.

Amy Poehler: "My Whole Life Changed Once Don Pardo Said My Name"

"My whole life changed once Don Pardo said my name. I will really miss that kind and talented man."

- In a short but sweet statement for The Wrap, Amy Poehler remembers SNL's legendary announcer Don Pardo.

Comedy Legend Robin Williams Dies at 63

Comedy legend and beloved Hollywood star Robin Williams has died at the age of 63. According to a report by police in Marin County, California, the Oscar-winning actor died this morning of an apparent suicide. "Robin Williams passed away this morning," said his spokesperson Mara Buxbaum. "He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time."

Williams's wife Susan Schneider also released the following statement:

This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human [...]

Rik Mayall of 'The Young Ones' and 'Drop Dead Fred' Is Dead at 56

Beloved pioneer of British alt comedy, Rik Mayall, has died today at the age of 56. Known primarily for his role as Rick the anarchist poet on the BBC2 sitcom The Young Ones, and later as a spastic imaginary friend in the American comedy film Drop Dead Fred, Mayall's boundless energy and kinetic facial expressions influenced generations of comedians who came up watching him on TV, and earned him praise from the English humor aristocracy that came before him.

"Very sad to hear of the passing of Rik Mayall," Monty Python's Eric Idle tweeted this morning. "Far too young. A very funny and talented man."

Mayall and his Young [...]

Legendary Comedy Writer, Actor, and Director Harold Ramis Is Dead at 69

Influential comedy writer, actor, and director Harold Ramis passed away today at the age of 69, The Chicago Tribune reports. Ramis, who wrote, directed, and acted in countless hit comedies, died from complications related to autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease involving the swelling of blood vessels. He died surrounded by friends and family at 12:53am. Ramis's serious health problems began in 2010, but he kept quiet about his illness publicly. Prior to his death, he was visited by frequent collaborators Brian Doyle-Murray and Bill Murray, having been estranged from the latter for years. Ramis is survived by wife Erica Mann Ramis, daughter Violet Stiel, sons Julian and Daniel Ramis [...]

Louis C.K. on Joan Rivers: "It Really Fucking Sucks That She Had to Die All of a Sudden"

"I feel very lucky that I knew Joan Rivers and I feel very sad that she's gone. She was a great comedian and a wonderful person. I never saw someone attack a stage with so much energy. She was a controlled lightning bolt. She was a prolific and unpredictable, joyful joke writer. She loved comedy. She loved the audience. She was a great actress and should have done that more. She loved living and working. She was kind. She was real. She was brave. She was funny and you just wanted to be around her. I looked up to her. I learned from her. I loved her. I liked her. [...]

Don Pardo, the Iconic Voice of 'SNL,' Dies at 96

The iconic voice of Saturday Night Live has passed away. News broke last night that Don Pardo, who worked as SNL's announcer since the show's debut in 1975, died in his home of Tucson, Arizona at the age of 96. Pardo's voice is synonymous with SNL's opening credit sequence, and Lorne Michaels told the New York Times that "every year the new cast couldn't wait to hear their name said by him." When asked what SNL will do without Pardo, Michaels said: "I don't know what I'll do. It won't be the first time I've thought of it, and I've never had an answer."

Earlier in [...]

Here's Elaine Stritch Yelling at Her Pool Boy David Letterman in a Classic Clip

In honor of the passing of Broadway great Elaine Stritch, CBS's Late Show uploaded these super funny segments from a 1996 episode in which Stritch sporadically interrupted the show to scream at her pool boy, David Letterman.

Standup John Pinette Dies at 50

Standup comedian John Pinette tragically passed away this weekend at the age of 50, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Pinette was found dead Saturday afternoon in a Pittsburgh hotel room, where he had been staying for a family function. His death was due to natural causes, as he had been suffering from liver and heart disease. Pinette, whose weight was often the subject of his self-deprecating standup, had recently lost 200 pounds due to a weight loss regimen.

John Pinette began doing standup in the 1980s and was also known for his work as an impressionist and actor. He performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and released multiple [...]

Sid Caesar Dies at 91

Comedy legend Sid Caesar passed away today in his LA home at the age of 91. Caesar's friend Larry King revealed his passing on Twitter, writing, "Sorry to learn about the passing of Sid Caesar – a dear friend, a comic genius and an American classic. There will never be another one like him."

One of the most influential figures in TV comedy history, Caesar was the star of Your Show of Shows, the iconic live 90-minute variety show (costarring Imogene Coca) that ran from 1950 to 1954 before transforming into Caesar's Hour, which aired from 1954 to 1957. Between the two shows, Caesar displayed an amazing ability [...]

Joan Rivers Dies at 81

Legendary comedian Joan Rivers has died at 81. According to Variety, the host of E!'s Fashion Police passed away this afternoon after going into cardiac arrest during a medical procedure yesterday. Rivers was admitted to Mount Sinai Hospital after a surgery on her vocal cords resulted in breathing complications last week, and she was put in a medically-induced coma two days ago. Here's the official statement from her daughter Melissa:

It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers. She passed peacefully at 1:17pm surrounded by family and close friends. My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of [...]

Trying to Know Robin Williams

Robin was a part of my life from the very beginning.

I was born just after my father made Dead Poets Society, and Robin became a close friend of my parents. I slept in his daughter Zelda's crib as a baby, and went with his family to Disneyland for the first time when I was not even a toddler. I remember him in short swaths — short bullet points along the timeline of my life. Time with him was often sparse, and moreso as I got older. But he was always a part of it. When I went over to my mother's apartment tonight, and she embraced me, sobbing [...]

Chicago Comedian Dan Ronan Passed Away on Friday

Chicago-based comedian Dan Ronan passed away Friday at the tragically young age of 24. Ronan, who began doing comedy at 15, was a writer/performer for The Late Live Show and a regular at The Lincoln Lodge and other spots around the Chicago comedy scene. Ronan struggled with substance addiction and relapsed after briefly moving to Los Angeles last year before returning to Chicago to be closer to family.

Here's a bit from Late Live Show co-host Joe McAdam's heartfelt post about Ronan's life:

Dan created some of my favorite comedy I’ve ever witnessed. He was truly inspired and I’m really lucky that I got to work with him. His mind [...]

'Tonight Show' Regular and Beloved Standup David Brenner Dies at 78

On Saturday, legendary observational standup and Tonight Show favorite David Brenner passed away peacefully in New York City after a battle with cancer. "David Brenner was a huge star when I met him and he took me under his wing," fellow standup Richard Lewis said in a statement. "To me, historically, he was the godfather of hip, observational comedy. He mentored me from day one. … His passing leaves a hole in my life that can never be replaced." Throughout the '70s and '80s, Brenner became a frequent guest on Johnny Carson's The Tonight Show, with over 150 appearances as both guest and substitute host. He also starred [...]