It is truly a sad day, everyone. Just like many other beloved people who have passed away this year, another light has gone out from the world's luster. But as it was taught to me, one shouldn't focus on the death of a person. Instead one should focus on their lives and the joy that they have brought to others. And in the world of comedy, there is no other person I can think of that has brought more laughs to me than this man. I still remember on some days when I would watch his stand-ups and laughing so hard that my sides would hurt. Even when the laughing subsided I wanted to laugh like that again.
On the program "Inside the Actor's Studio", James Lipton had asked him the question from the survey that he asks other actors, "If heaven exists what would you like to hear God say to you as you arrive at the pearly gates?"
His answer was, "There's seating near the front. We'll be playing Beethoven, Mozart and then Elvis....but it'd be nice to know that there's laughter in Heaven."
And I say, in his honor, we should all continue to laugh more and more to show that even though he is gone, laughter and humor never dies.