The Minneapolis comedy community lost a giant in its scene with the death of comedian Gus Lynch. At the beginning of December Lynch fell 30 feet while climbing through Mayan ruins on the Yucatán Peninsula in Coba, south of Cancun. The comedian fell from one of the structures, breaking his pelvis, ribs, and causing a collapsed lung. Lynch he survived surgery but would later die from cardiac arrest due to his injuries.
Lynch was 42, active in the scene, and loved by those who knew him. We had the opportunity to briefly meet Lynch at SXSW this past March, he was a giant, statuesque man, almost too big for the small room at Opal Devines where he was hosting a showcase for Stand Up! Records. Lynch was the Director of Live Events for Stand Up! Records and helped us put on shows in Austin, New York City, New Orleans and Akumal. Lynch also co-founded the Akumal Comedy Festival with Stand Up! Records founder and friend, Dan Schlissel.
Schissel told The Laugh Button, “I miss him more than I can tell you. I was looking forward to recording a debut comedy album for him in the fall of 2015. He was a powerhouse. He was a big brother to the Minneapolis comedy and theater communities.” Schlissel later added “He was a great father and loved his wife with all of his heart.”
Lynch’s last stand-up comedy show was as a headliner in his home club, Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy. It was there where Lynch would begin his comedy career as an emcee and ended up a headliner. Just this past October, Lynch was named, “The Funniest Comedian Ever” at The Joke Joint.
This weekend Lynch was laid to rest the way he lived… large. He used to run a comedy rock show called “Laugh. Rock. Repeat” so Schlissel organized a day-long gathering at the Turf Club in St. Paul, called “Laugh. Rock. RIP”. Attendees shared stories and told jokes about their friend. Sending the event off with three of Lynch’s favorite bands, Porcupine, Eleganza, and headlined by Mark Mallman. The ultimate big sendoff for one of Minneapolis’ giants.
Rest in peace Gus.