Well, this sucks.
Otto Petersen, the comedian who is the raunchy ventriloquist act Otto & George, passed away yesterday afternoon, he was 53 years of. As of now, there’s no reason given to what he passed away from but he had been hospitalized last year after contracting bacterial meningitis and forced into a coma.
His friend and comedian Jim Norton made the announcement this morning on The Opie & Anthony Show where Peterson had been a longtime recurring guest. Norton was noticeably shaken as he received a call from Peterson’s girlfriend while on the air he wrote it down for O&A who were also shocked by the news and cut to commercial break. After the break, Norton delivered the news to O&A and listeners, still very shaken by the news he just heard. “I don’t know what he died of. But apparently he took a nap, and never woke up.” Norton added, “No one made me laugh harder than him.”
Norton gets the bad news. They go to commercial break.
After commercial break.
Peterson was a Staten Island native and began comedy as a street act with his dummy George in the 70’s before becoming a club act. Over the years it became more of an adult, x-rated act and things really picked up from there with touring gigs, late night spots, and morning talk show appearances.
— Jim Norton (@JimNorton) April 14, 2014
Otto was a fearless funny bastard. #RIP
— Colin Quinn (@iamcolinquinn) April 14, 2014
— opie radio (@OpieRadio) April 14, 2014
Rip Otto. When Otto And George were on ACTION, more people came on set to watch then Sandra Bullock, Tony Hawk and Salma Hayek combined.
— Jay Mohr (@jaymohr37) April 14, 2014
— Dave Attell (@attell) April 14, 2014
@OttoAndGeorge – Besides being a great friend, my son would never stop talking about you. See you on the other side.
— jim florentine (@Mrjimflorentine) April 14, 2014
Comedy's lost another one if its masters. RIP @OttoAndGeorge. Can't believe it. You boys'll be terribly missed. Thanks for making us laugh.
— Joe DeRosa (@joederosacomedy) April 14, 2014
We’ll keep you updated as we get more information.