Comedian Mort Sahl has died at the age of 94.
His death was confirmed to The New York Times by Lucy Mercer, the person who is in charge of his affairs.
Sahl was known as “a very likable guy who makes ex-friends easily.”
He was popular in the ‘50s and ‘60s but faded from view after he fired back against the Warren Commission’s findings concerning the Kennedy Assassination.
He would become popular on and off through the years, “a cult hero fo the intelligentsia,” regularly performing in New York, Chicago and San Francisco, the Times reported.
His album, “At Sunset,” released in 1958, has been cited by the Library of Congress as “the earliest example of modern stand-up comedy on record.”
Sahl hosted the Academy Awards, starred on Broadway and wrote jokes for presidential campaigns, the Times reported.
Eventually, Sahl became a friend of Robin Williams, after becoming his neighbor in Mill Valley, Deadline reported.
Sahl was married and divorced multiple times and has no surviving family members. His son died before him n 1996.
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