Irish / American comedy legend Kevin Meaney passed away last week at the age of 60 at his home in Forestburgh, New York.
Meaney was most known to audiences for his family humor often poking fun at his Irish-American roots. Meaney — usually in a signature bow-tie — was a successful stand-up for nearly three decades appearing on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson several times and was often a guest on Letterman and Conan.
He starred as the title character in the 1990-91 CBS sitcom “Uncle Buck,” based on the hit movie but the sitcom was mired in controversy almost before it began. The first line in the show, a young child saying “You suck” made the critics howl — and not in laughter. Many HBO comedy specials followed.
Twice married and a father of one daughter, in 2008, Meaney acknowledged he was gay and said it was his time on Broadway (he starred in “Hairspray” for nearly seven years), that made him come to terms with his real sexuality.
Meaney was widely known on the US stand-up scene for over 40 years and moved into screen acting as a result. You may recognise him from his appearance in the movie Big or TV shows like 2 Broke Girls, Space Ghost Coast to Coast, 30 Rock and Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist.
His comedy peers took to twitter to pay tribute.
R.I.P. Kevin Meaney. A true, and rare, comedy legend. And one of the nicest guys you could ever hope to meet as well.
— David Cross (@davidcrosss) October 22, 2016
Kevin Meaney was as funny as they get and the nicest man. He could make you lose your mind laughing. A very special person. https://t.co/EBvDUmNUrr
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) October 22, 2016
Always thought Kevin Meaney was a brilliant comedian. Then we hung out in Ireland and I found out he was also a terrific person. RIP.
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) October 22, 2016