Comedian Scott Kennedy dies (Video tribute)

As of this morning the official website for comedian Scott Kennedy was down due to it running out of bandwidth; in other words, too many people were trying to access the site at the same time. The reason is that the veteran comedian, who meant so much to so many, died suddenly on Thursday. Friends and fans alike were shocked by the news of the veteran comedian’s passing.

The Albuquerque, NM-born and Lubbock, TX-bred comic was perhaps best known by his more than 50 — Five-Zero! — trips to Iraq and Afghanistan to entertain U.S. troops and by his affable demeanor both on and off stage. Usually clad in a football jersey and cap, Kennedy slung jokes about his desire to be a police officer, his love of food and the fact he was gay– and intriguing reveal for most audiences as the big guy didn’t fit the the type of homosexual man mainstream media and television has popularized. Fellow comedian and Kennedy’s close friend Taylor Williamson posted a tribute today, which reads, in part:

I’ve worked with him so many times and it was always fun to see him get the crowd on his side, making them laugh about about his family, bb guns, being from Texas, then see how they reacted halfway through his performance when he casually mentions he’s gay. Even if they were homophobic, they already laughed. It was like he tricked them into realizing that we’re all people and to stop being idiots. He had a message just by being funny. I’m positive his comedy changed some people’s ignorant views for the better.

Kennedy’s Facebook page is currently packed with messages from fans, friends and fellow comedians expressing their deep sadness. Kennedy’s family urge other to keep sending their condolences through Facebook and to also send letters of support to the family C/O Mr. Jack Kennedy, 130 Broadmoor, Marble Falls, TX 78654. The family will maintain Kennedy’s Facebook page. Memorial Service details will be announced shortly.

To get a better sense of who Scott Kennedy was, check out this interview below, which also includes clips from his half-hour special for Comedy Central. You can also buy his album REALLY!?!? on iTunes.

If you wanted to get an even better portrait of Kennedy, you should most certainly watch the entire video below.

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Dylan P. Gadino

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