Every new year brings a long list of entertainers who passed away and 2022 is no exception. If you were wondering what comedians died today, or the status of comedians on the 2022 death pool, this is your guide. As the year goes on, recent comedian deaths will be added to this list, ranging from legends of stand up comedy who lived long, eventful lives to youthful, up-and-comers who were taken far too soon. So if you see a comedian pop up in your Twitter feed or in the news and you're wondering what famous comedian died today, check out the names below.
So this list will serve as your reference for comedians who died in 2022. If you’re wondering about a famous comedian who just died, or what famous stand up comics died this year, you’ll certainly get the full story on recent Hollywood deaths here. This list will answer searches like who died this week, latest comedian deaths, and stand up comic deaths this week.
One of the most famous comedian deaths in 2022 was actor and-star of Full House, Bob Saget, one of the first comedians who died in 2022, while on tour doing stand up comedy. Other comedy legends such as Gilbert Godfried and Louie Anderson were also taken from us this year.
Check back throughout the year to keep tabs on what famous stand up comics and comedy actors died this year. You may be surprised by the stand up comics who died, and maybe even a little broken-hearted if you were a big fan.
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Brandon "Boogie B" Montrell
Social media personality and comedian Brandon "Boogie B" Montrell was shot and killed in New Orleans on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2022. He was 43.
Montrell, known for his series "New Orleans Hood History," in which he casually explained parts of New Orleans' popular culture, had almost 100,000 followers on his Instagram account. The comedian lived in Los Angeles but was back home in New Orleans visiting his family for the holidays.
Most recently, Montrell told the story on his Instagram account of New Orleans' 7th Ward Santa, Fred Parker, who died in 2020. The video was posted just hours before Montrell was shot and killed outside of a Rouse's Supermarket in New Orleans' Central Business District.
Kirstie Alley passed away on December 5, 2022 due to colon cancer. She was 71.
Alley was an Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award-winning beloved comedy actress whose breakout role as Rebecca Howe on the popular ‘80s sitcom Cheers catapulted her to stardom. She stepped in to replace actress Shelley Long at the height of the show’s popularity, and was a part of the ensemble until the end of the show's run. In addition to Cheers, Alley also starred in the critically-acclaimed tv series David's Mother, as well as NBC sitcom Veronica's Closet. She made the jump to the big screen with her role as a half-Vulcan in Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan. Her other film credits include It Takes Two, Drop Dead Gorgeous, and Look Who's Talking with John Travolta, after which they were thick as thieves.
In tribute of his late best friend, Travolta posted sweet photos of Alley on his Instagram with the caption reading: “Kirstie was one of the most special relationships I’ve ever had. I love you Kirstie. I know we will see each other again.”
Comedian, Gallagher, an inventive prop comedian known for smashing watermelons, has passed at the age of 76 on November 11, 2022.
Gallagher got his big break on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show in 1972 where he showed off his signature bit the “Sledge-o-matic,” which quickly cemented him as one of the most popular comedians in America. He stayed on the road, touring and performing for audiences everywhere for decades.
He has 17 comedy specials spanning decades of his work including 1980's “A Very Censored Evening,” his first comedy special. Several of his specials were on HBO and 13 of them were for Showtime.
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Comedian and actor Leslie Jordan, known for his roles in “Will and Grace” and “American Horror Story,” passed away on October 24, 2022, after a car crash in Hollywood.
Jordan was behind the wheel of a BMW when he crashed into the side of a building at Cahuenga Boulevard and Romaine Street. The longtime actor and writer was declared dead at the scene.
After getting his big break in 1989 when he was cast in the first season of “Murphy Brown,” Jordan’s 30-year career was marked by scene-stealing roles in television shows such as “Bodies of Evidence” and “Hearts of Afire.” His fame grew while starring in NBC’s “Will and Grace,” as well as stints on Ryan Murphy’s “American Horror Story” franchise and “The Cool Kids,” in which he played queer, confident senior citizen Sid Delacroix.
Jordan, 67, won a prime-time Emmy in 2006 for his performance as Beverly Leslie in the TV show “Will and Grace.”
More recently, while holed up in an apartment of his native Chattanooga, Tenn., Leslie found online viral fame with a constant string of Instagram videos, where he would comedically quip about day-to-day life in quarantine, marked by his lively, Southern accent.
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David A. Arnold
Comedian David A. Arnold passed away on September 8, 2022. He was 54.
Arnold was a producer of the “Fuller House” reboot and the creator and showrunner of Nickelodeon’s “That Girl Lay Lay." He also wrote television episodes for “Meet the Browns,” “The Ricky Smiley Show” and “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne.”
Arnold gained appeal through his perspective about fatherhood. He headlined two Netflix comedy specials: “Fat Ballerina” in 2019 and the Kevin Hart-produced “It Ain’t for the Weak,” which only just debuted in July 2022.
Arnold was also featured in the Netflix is a Joke comedy festival in late April. Most recently, he was three shows into his four-month comedy tour called “Pace Ya Self.”
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Teddy Ray, a comedian and actor who appeared on the HBO Max series "PAUSE with Sam Jay," passed away on August 12, 2022 due to an apparent drowning. He was 32.
"Teddy Ray was a hilarious and beloved performer," said TV network Comedy Central in a Twitter statement Friday. "He'll be deeply missed by the entire comedy community."
Ray appeared as the bailiff on "PAUSE with Sam Jay," appeared in the digital series "Cancel Court," and was a stand-up comedian.