Jonathan Winters: Groundbreaking improv comic has died at 87

 Personally feeling heartbroken. Not only was Jonathan Winters one of my personal all time favorites, but a dear friend of IndieStardust called him “Uncle Jonathan” as he was growing up.  I am working on getting an exclusive personal tribute for us from him. Until then.. if we hear giggling thunder coming from the skies.. we certainly know why..

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Comedian Jonathan Winters, whose “off the wall” brilliantly executed improvisations inspired Robin Williams and every other comic I have ever spoken with, passed away Thursday evening at age 87  at his Montecito, Calif., home of natural causes said longtime family friend Joe Petro III according to AP.

Winters was a master of improv. His facial contortions were the most memorable and eclectically funny.  His characters, like the dirty old lady Maude Frickert were based on people Winters knew growing up in Ohio.

“The Jonathan Winters Show” pioneered dual screen videotape technology in the 1950’s. He was introduced to millions of new fans in 1981 as the son of Williams’ silly space guy in the final season of ABC’s “Mork and Mindy.”

Jonathan Winters as Maude Fricket with Dean Martin 

Jonathan Winters Montage

1988 Jonathan Winters delivers a monologue at “Bob Hope’s 50 Years at NBC”

Jonathan Winters “The Stick” Apr 1964 Jack Paar

Certifiably Jonathan
Certifiably Jonathan

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