October 2019

Comedian and 'King of Confetti' Rip Taylor Dead at 84

His death in Beverly Hills, California, has been confirmed by Taylor's publicist. Besides his signature use of confetti, Taylor was known as "The Crying Comedian." This was because of his tendency to cry through jokes and douse the audience with colored paper. According to Taylor, the confetti began as an accident, but was a hit with audiences. The comedian originally found early success with spots on 'The Ed Sullivan Show' and Jackie Gleason's variety show. He then opened for many legendary musical and comedy acts, including Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Judy Garland. In Las Vegas, Taylor was also named Entertainer of the Year multiple times during the 1970s. Besides his comedy act, Taylor made thousands of appearances on TV and game shows. At one point, he even hosted his own program, ' The $1.98 Beauty Show.' On the big screen, he appeared in all three 'Jackass' movies, 'Wayne's World 2' and 'Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.' According to his publicist, at the time of his death, Taylor was survived long-term partner Robert Fortney.