Monday, November 29, 2010

Comedic legend Leslie Nielsen dies at 84

Actor Leslie Nielsen died Sunday at the age of 84. This is horrible news for anyone who enjoys such things as "comedy," "jokes" or "life."

There are very few things funnier than "Airplane!" and "The Naked Gun." As a youngster, I'd watch these movies religiously. As a ten-year-old, I longed for the day that someone would ask me to share a nightcap with them so I could reply with "No thanks. I don't wear those." Pretty much any time anyone has thrown a pillow or towel at me, I've clutched it to my face like it's impossible to remove. To this day, I tell anyone who cares to listen that one of my all-time dream jobs would be to write movies like "The Naked Gun." Thanks to Nielsen's brilliant dead-pan deliveries, from here until the sun explodes, there will not be a (funny) human alive that doesn't say "And don't call me 'Shirley'" when prompted.

The world's gonna be a lot less funny without Nielsen around. And his passing is no doubt being mourned by anyone with a funny bone.

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