Comic’s comic Kevin Meaney dead at 60

Baltimore Sun - - ENTERTAINMENT - — As­so­ci­ated Press

Kevin Meaney, a comic’s comic who worked the stand-up cir­cuit, was a sta­ple on late-night TV and starred in the short-lived 1990s CBS series “Un­cle Buck,” has died at age 60, his agent said Satur­day.

Meaney was found dead Fri­day at his home in up­state New York, said the agent, Tom Ingegno. The cause of death was not im­me­di­ately known.

Meaney’s ca­reer spanned 30 years. The fa­ther and na­tive New Yorker had a small role as an ex­ec­u­tive in the 1988 film com­edy “Big,” star­ring Tom Hanks, and helmed the CBS ver­sion of “Un­cle Buck,” which ran just one sea­son, from 1990 to 1991.

It was his first HBO spe­cial, in 1986, that launched his com­edy ca­reer af­ter he toiled do­ing stand-up in San Fran­cisco and Bos­ton. In 1987, he took his first turn on “The Tonight Show With Johnny Car­son.” He also ap­peared as a guest on “Satur­day Night Live” and on shows in­clud­ing those hosted by David Let­ter­man, Oprah Win­frey and Co­nan O’Brien.

Meaney was also known for his rau­cous “I Don’t Care” song in stand-up rou­tines that had him danc­ing and wav­ing around one arm: “I don’t care. I don’t care. My jokes don’t go over, I don’t care!”

Kevin Nealon, Bob Saget, Judd Apa­tow, Pat­ton Oswalt and Michael McKean were among those to laud Meaney for his act­ing, stand-up chops and sweet per­son­al­ity.

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

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Kevin Meaney’s ca­reer spanned 30 years. The ac­tor and co­me­dian was found dead Fri­day at his home.

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