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Louie Anderson, Comedian & Emmy Winner, Dies at 68

Louie Anderson, a stand-up comedian who came to popularity as Christine Baskets on Baskets, has passed away at the age of 68.

Veteran publicist Glenn Schwartz tells The Hollywood Reporter that Anderson died of cancer complications on Friday at a Las Vegas hospital. Anderson had been diagnosed with a kind of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and was receiving therapy.

Born and raised in Minnesota, the crooked-toothed stand-up was selected by Comedy Central as one of the “100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time” in 2004. Along with creating Life With Louie, he co-hosted a reboot of the game program Family Feud on Saturday mornings as a younger version of himself.

Pauly Shore tweeted a day before the word spread that he had gone to say farewell to the comedian:

“I say this with a heavy heart just left the hospital in Las Vegas where Louie Anderson his sisters and close friend were kind enough to let me say my goodbyes he’s still with us but keep him in your prayers.”

Numerous other celebrities took to Twitter to share their condolences for the late comic.

Who Was Louie Anderson?

Anderson, a native of Minnesota, had his stand-up break on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1984. Stand-up material focused on Anderson’s own experiences with weight gain and weight loss, as well as the Midwest upbringing that he had while growing up.

Several late-night & stand-up performances and specials followed, most notably in 2018 with Big Underwear, which served as a springboard for his career. A dramatized account of Anderson’s youth in the Midwest was shown in the 1994 cartoon series, Life With Louie.

He won two Emmys for the program. He is the first writer on a children’s animated series to win the Humanitas Prize three times.

In the comedy Perfect Strangers, Anderson was cast as Larry alongside Bronson Pinchot’s Balki. However, Mark Linn-Baker took his spot and the show went on to become a smashing success that ran for eight seasons. A comedy starring Bryan Cranston with Paul Feig, The Louie Show, premiered on CBS in 1996 and lasted barely six episodes.

For many years, Anderson hosted various comedy specials and frequently appeared on Comic Relief’s fund-raising events. Guest appearances on shows such as Chicago Hope, Grace Under Fire, Scrubs, and Touched by an Angel are among his many credits in the television industry. He helmed the Syndicated Family Feud from 1999 to 2002.

With the release of his book Dear Dad: Letters From an Adult Child in 1989, Anderson explored the feelings of humiliation and inadequacy he had as a youngster in an attempt to find inspiration for his stand-up comedy. The next year saw the release of Hey Mom: Stories for My Mother, but You Can Read Them Too, a homage to his mother.

In 1985, Anderson married his high school girlfriend, but the union only lasted four weeks before calling it quits. Anderson is survived by his sisters, Shanna, and Lisa Anderson.

Rishabh Shandilya
I’m the guy you see dancing in the rain in the middle of the night. Pursuing my bachelor’s in literature, I love to read and write and I’m somewhat of a decent storyteller. A die-hard fan of Miyazaki and Murakami and my go-to quote is “The past is a foreign country, we do things differently there”.
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