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This Day In Comedy: January 29

On: Sunday, January 29, 2017

Born this day in 1880, WC Fields (William Claude Dukenfield) Darby, Pennsylvania 5'8" comic actor, writer, comedian, The Bank Dick, It's A Gift. He died 12/25/1946 from alcohol-related stomach hemorrhage at age 66.
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Trophy designed by caricaturist Al Hirschfeld.
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On this day in 1975, 37 years ago, 1st Annual Comedy Awards of the year were held, hosted by Alan King.

Died this day in 1977, Freddie Prinze (Frederick Karl Pruetzel) Los Angeles, California, 6' comedian, actor TV’s Chico & The Man. Born 06/22/1954, he died from a self-inflicted gunshot at age 22.


I love you, Kathy. I love the baby, but I need to find peace. I can't go on.~His last words, on the phone with his wife.

Goodnight, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are.
~Jimmy’s sign-off, referring to his first wife, Jeanne Olson. Calabash was the name of a Chicago suburb they both liked.
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Died this day in 1980, Jimmy Durante (James Francis Durante) Brooklyn, New York 5'7" singer, long-nosed comedian. Born 02/10/1893, he died from pneumonia at age 86.

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