Comedy Hall of Fame
GINNIE NEWHART (1940-2023)
Ginnie Newhart, beloved wife of 60 years to Bob Newhart, passed away Sunday, April 25th, 2023. His comedic alter ego and muse, she was present for every phase of her husband’s career. Ginnie is credited with creating the iconic 1990 “Newhart” finale, which cleverly calls back to Bob’s 1972-1978 sitcom “The Bob Newhart Show.” This innovation is just one testament to her creativity and importance to the comedic field, as she both encouraged and inspired Bob. She will be dearly missed.
AL JAFFEE (1921-2023)
Al Jaffee was a gentle, brilliant soul, a spectacular innovator with the most organic understanding of comedy, and a founding father of Mad Magazine. Interviewed by the Comedy Hall of Fame in 2022, his 101st year, he brilliantly laid out his most important tenant of comedy: make fun of concepts and ideas, never people. Included is the clip of his ah-ha moment, when he invented Mad Magazine's most significant innovation— the fold in. His comedy will continue to live on.
JERRY STILLER (1927 - 2020)
Jerry Stiller, one of the founding voices in the Comedy Hall of Fame Archives, has sadly passed away. After decades of laughter, the Brooklyn native has given us years of gut-busting humor ranging from his role as the male counterpart of the stellar husband-and-wife comedy team "Stiller & Meara", Frank Costanza on Seinfeld and Arthur Spooner on The King of Queens.
Jerry leaves behind his son Ben Stiller and daughter Amy Stiller who both partake in the family business of comedy, making this family one of the most successful comedic dynasties in modern history. We are proud to forever recognize him in the Comedy Hall of Fame.
FRED WILLARD (1931-2020)
Fred Willard, the comedic actor known for his roles in movies including "Best in Show" and "This is Spinal Tap" and TV sitcoms "Everybody Loves Raymond" and "Modern Family," has passed away at the age of 86.