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Dead Person Of The Day November 8 – Michael O’Donoghue

0 Comments 08 November 2011

Boom! BOOM!
First things first: If you’re going to watch the video above fast forward to :30 to start.

OK, to name some things Mr. O’Donoghue was involved with/help establish:

  • National Lampoons magazine/radio hour
  • Saturday Night Live (when it was worth a shit)

But to quickly get back to the video. The last minute literally made me spit up milk through my nose. That poor cat! I hope it was all supervised.

But ANYWAY I’ll let Bill Carter of  the NYT take it from here.

MICHAEL O’DONOGHUE (January 5, 1940 – November 8, 1994)

By BILL CARTER
Published: November 10, 1994

Michael O’Donoghue, a comedy writer who helped create two of his generation’s best-known institutions of humor, National Lampoon magazine and the NBC television show “Saturday Night Live,” died yesterday in Manhattan. He was 54 and lived in Manhattan.

The cause was a cerebral hemorrhage, said his wife, Cheryl Hardwick.

Friends and colleagues described Mr. O’Donoghue as a comedy trailblazer, with a sensibility characterized by edgy anger at authority and a fondness for bizarre characters and behavior.

He was a lifelong writer whose talents extended to magazine columns, movie scripts and even country songs. Aside from the two Emmy Awards he won as a “Saturday Night Live” writer, Mr. O’Donoghue also achieved a gold record with his song “Single Bars and Single Women,” recorded by Dolly Parton.

He and Mitch Glazer wrote the script for the movie “Scrooged.” He was also the author of several books, including “TV Zeitgeist” and a book of poetry called “Bears.”

Mr. O’Donoghue was born in Sauquoit, N.Y., and attended the University of Rochester. He worked briefly in newspaper journalism before joining Evergreen magazine in the late 1960’s. It was at National Lampoon, which he helped start in 1969, that Mr. O’Donoghue found his comic voice, which was aggressive, absurdist and often extremely dark. Continue

 

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