Posted November 28, 2013
by Jerry Alatalo
It has been some time since a post on this blog has been in the humor category. So, I’ve looked for Thanksgiving/Christmas/holidays related standup comedy to lighten things up around here. Sometimes writers/bloggers get caught in a situation where there is imbalance, and the serious side of life has to become balanced by the lighter side.
In this video there are a number of film clips of Jonathan Winters, who was the most popular improvisational comedian of his time. The video was shown at the 2003 Orinda Film Festival in honor of Mr. Winters, who received a lifetime achievement award. If you are a fan of the comedy improvisation skills of Robin Williams you will appreciate Jonathan Winters. Williams has said that Winters was an inspiration for him, and the two worked together on television in Mork and Mindy.
Jonathan Winters passed away in April 2013 at the age of 87.
My favorite memory of Jonathan Winters was his acting role in the movie “It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World“, including his single-handed destruction of a gas station. At any rate, Mr. Winters had a great ability to make people laugh, and he put that ability to practical use resulting in the enjoyment of millions of men and women. Perhaps you will get a few good laughs from this film.
During halftime of the football games, of course.
(Video source: Randyholleschau channel – YouTube)
- Jonathan Winters on Writing Humor (leegoldberg.typepad.com)
- Sadness in the World … Jonathan Winters has died (onecitizenspeaking.com)