• Comedian Angelo Bowers killed by drunk driver

    UPDATE: 1/4/11, 8:30 pm ET
    The Los Angeles Police Department released a statement explaining that a 21-year-old drunk driver crashed his 2010 Toyota Matrix into the car comedians Angelo Bowers and Josh Adam Meyers were in — a 1995 Jeep Wrangler — at about 12:40 a.m. Tuesday. All three were taken to hospitals. The driver of the Toyota is expected to be charged with murder once his condition improves. You can read the entire statement at the end of this post.

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    UPDATE: 1/4/11, 1:15 pm ET

    A Twitter account has been set up dedicated to Angelo Bowers’ jokes. A steady stream of one liners — as remembered by his friends and fellow comedians — have been piling up. Check it out at @AngelosJokes.

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    Earlier tonight, a handful of Los Angeles-based comedians began Tweeting their tributes and condolences for their friend and fellow comic Angelo Bowers. The previous evening, Bowers was killed by a drunk driver. His friend, comedian Josh Adam Meyers (pictured above, with Angelo on the right) was also in the car and, according to sources, is in critical condition suffering from multiple broken bones, but is expected to live. One source says both men were ejected from the car.

    At about 9:15 pm ET, comedian Shawn Pelofsky tweeted: “For comic friends and family: I am at Cedars visiting Josh Adam Myers. He has broken bones and is very coherent.”

    And though details are vague at this time, what isn’t vague is the outpouring of support and emotion from the hearts of those in the Los Angeles comedy community. Unlike most every performer today, Bowers didn’t have a Facebook profile or a Twitter account. And it seems the only video of him doing stand-up was a less-than-one-minute clip posted on YouTube simply because the comedy goer who shot it, was trying to figure out what his name was– because he liked his set so much (see below).

    LA-based comedian and actress Lauren Ashley Bishop tweeted this:

    Comedian Brian Whitaker had this to say and then proceeded to quote some of Bowers’ best jokes as a tribute:

    Meyers was scheduled to perform at an independently-produced comedy show tomorrow night at DREAMS Lounge at the Dunes Inn at 5625 W Sunset Blvd in Hollywood at 10 pm. The producers of the show, Jennifer Dyal and Tess Barker will now be collecting donations from audience members in order to help defray the cost of Meyers’ medical bills. You can get more info on the show here. Comedian Scott Boxembaul has also set up a PayPal page where you can donate.

    One industry insider says that Sarah Silverman had recently seen Bowers crush at a comedy show and the pair had swapped phone numbers in order to keep in touch. Bowers started his comedy career in San Francisco and then moved south to Los Angeles. The insider says Bowers was a cancer survivor. Comedian Eli Olsberg wrote on his Tumblr that Bowers was headed back home to finish up an unspecified medical treatment. Bowers was scheduled to perform at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood tomorrow on the 10 pm show.

    Olsberg also explained that “Josh and Angelo were driving and they were struck by a drunk driver. Josh is in the hospital and Angelo is no longer with us.”

    He continued: “To anyone out there, comics and friends, please don’t drink and drive! We hear about this in PSAs and always make jokes about how last night we shouldn’t have driven home cause we had that extra shot, a few too many beers, and laugh it off because we’re sitting around joking about it the next day. I don’t know if there was anything Josh and Angelo could’ve done to avoid the asshole that did this, but none of us have to be the person in the other car. The only thing worse than being killed by a drunk driver is taking a life because you are the drunk driver.”

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    The LAPD’s statement, in full:

    An intoxicated driver caused two collisions just minutes apart in the early morning hours of Tuesday. The second collision proved fatal for one of the vehicles passengers.

    On January 3, 2012, at approximately 12:40 a.m., a 21-year-old man driving under the influence of alcohol was involved in a hit and run crash when his 2010 Toyota Matrix hit a 2005 Ford Crown Victoria Taxicab near the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Argyle Avenue. About five minutes later the driver hit a second car, a 1995 Jeep Wrangler that was northbound on Vine Street at Yucca Street.

    It was a violent collision that caused serious injury to both drivers of the vehicles, as well as a passenger in the Jeep. All three were transported to a local hospital for treatment of their injuries.

    The passenger, 26-year-old Angelo Bowers of Modesto, CA , died of his injuries several hours later.

    The driver of the Toyota is expected to be booked for murder once his medical condition improves.

    Dylan P. Gadino

    Dylan is the founder and editor emeritus of Laughspin.

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