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This Day In Comedy: February 27

On: Monday, February 27, 2017

Born this day in 1928, Herbert Wiere, comedian of The Wiere Brothers, films The Road To Rio, Double Trouble, TV’S Oh Those Bells. He died 08/05/1999 of natural causes at age 71.

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Born this day in 1940, Howard Hesseman is 77, Lebanon, Oregon, 6' actor, TV’s WKRP in Cincinnati and many movies.
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Born this day in 1943, Mary Frann (Mary Frances Luecke) St. Louis, Missouri, 5'5  comic actress, ex-weather woman TV’s The Days Of Our Lives Newhart Show. She died 09/23/1998, unexpectedly, of a heart attack at age 55.
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Born this day in 1961, Wendy Liebman is 56, Manhasset, New York) 5'2" comedian, misdirection artiste. "This Thanksgiving I made a 28 pound turkey. Pot pie," or "I really like to shop. Lift."
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Died this day in 2006, Linda Smith (Linda Helen Smith) Erith in Kent comedian was a British stand-up comic and comedy writer. Voted "Wittiest Living Person" On Radio 4 panel games. Born 01/29/1958, she died from ovarian cancer at age 48.
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Died this day in 2002, Spike Milligan (Terence Alan Patrick Seán Milligan) aka Aka Milligna, Aka Milligoon. Ahmednagar, British India comic, writer, the "Father Of Modern British Comedy", influenced Monty Python, created The Goon Show. Born 04/16/1918, he died of liver disease, kidney failure at age 83.
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Painfully sensitive nature, manic-depression & other mental illnesses  sometimes confined him to near solitude.
 Once, he cried out "You hate me, don't you?" The audience howled, Milligan threw his trumpet to the stage floor and stomped it flat. He needed psychiatric treatment after the war, and struggled with his demons even when he finally did gain a measure of show business success via The Goon Show.
 "The war started the gradual deterioration of my mental stability, but The Goon Show finished the process," he said.

Died this day in 1955, Tom Howard, comedian, radio’s It Pays To Be Ignorant. Born 06/16/1885, he died at age 69.
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Died this day in 1962, Willie Best (William Best), aka Sleep n' Eat, Sunflower, Mississippi, comic actor, “Charlie” the elevator operator on TV’s My Little Margie. Born 05/27/1916, he died of cancer at age 45.
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