Mort Sahl, Caustic Comedian has been declared dead. The cause of death, as at the time of getting the information is yet to be ascertain. He died at the age of 94.
The stand up comedian became famous in defining political satire for a generation of Americans in the late 1950s and 1960s. The demise was confirmed by a friend, who said the star had passed away at his home in Mill Valley, California.
From records, he was the first ever host of the populous Grammy award in 1959 and also co-hosted the Academy Awards in the same year. Sahl also co-hosted duties of The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson on a number of occasions.
While most comedians cracked jokes about their wives and mothers-in-law for joke fodder, Sahl took it upon himself to turn to the newspapers for his material and to make political potshots.
He was known for putting on a button-down shirt open at the neck and a sweater and later in life said his look was “because it occurred to me you mustn’t look like any member of society you’re criticising”.
He also famed in the acting industry as he started with the film In Love and War in 1958. He also had these movies to his records: All the Young Men, Johnny Cool, Don’t Make Waves and Doctor, You’ve Got to Be Kidding.
Sahl featured in some small screen productions like The Jerry Lewis Show, The Big Picture, Emergency! and Love American Style and also attended talk shows.
On his personal life, he was married thrice and all ended in divorce. He was married to Sue Babior, China Lee, and then Kenslea Motter.
Fans didn’t fail to send in their condolences to his family. Maurice Lamarche wrote: “So sad to learn of #MortSahl’s passing. He was extremely kind and encouraging to me as a young comic when I first moved to Los Angeles. RIP, Mort, and thank you.”
Richard Lewis commented alongside a photo featuring many stars: “The iconic Mort Sahl has passed. Many of his legendary pals in this photo have passed on as well. This was at an event to salute Mort.
“I’ll miss that red sweater. I loved you pal. RIP #mortsahl”
Sahl spent his early years in Los Angeles and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where he made his professional stage debut at the hungry nightclub in 1953.
His popularity grew quickly, and after a year at the club he traveled the country doing shows at established nightclubs, theaters, and college campuses.
In 1960 he became the first comedian to have a cover story written about him by Time magazine. He appeared on various television shows, played a number of film roles, and performed a one-man show on Broadway.
May his soul continue to rest in peace. Amen.