Mustached comedian Rip Taylor has died at 84

Rip Tayler Dies: Hollywood Icon Of Comedy And Camp Was 84

He was known for his over-the-top persona with a fondness for throwing confetti at the audience. The moniker pre-dated his television stints, however, and went back to his time in the Catskills. He also hosted The $1.98 Beauty Show, a parody of beauty pageants where the victor received a bouquet of rotten vegetables.

"I sat on a stool telling jokes, and nobody was laughing", he told UPI in 1992. "In desperation, I pretended to cry as I begged them to laugh".

Success begat more success, and Taylor ended up on tour with Judy Garland and Eleanor Powell in Las Vegas in 1966.

He probably did even more voice acting, however. lending his unique pipes to shows like "Popeye and Son", "The Addams Family", "The Jetsons", "Snorks", 'DuckTales the Movie, ' "Garfield and Friends", 'Scooby-Doo, ' "The Emperor's New School" and more.

Taylor would remain in the pop culture zeitgeist for six decades with his own brand of comedy, appearing on a diverse array of TV shows and films.

In 1978, he would collaborate with Gong Show creator and host Chuck Barris for $1.98 Beauty Show, a riff on beauty pageants.

He also performed himself in "Wayne's World 2" and the "Jackass" films, regarded on stage in "Sugar Infants" and "Oliver!" and performed an autobiographical one-man play "It Ain't All Confetti". For his distinguished career, the comedian was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Taylor made a name for himself, and a career, in the 70s and 80s making amusing, bizarre, out-of-control appearances on every talk show of the day, CBS Los Angeles reports.

Taylor is survived by longtime partner, Robert Fortney, according to Boll. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Thalians.



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