Sad news for all fans of nostalgic 1970’s television. Rip Taylor, the flamboyantly, eccentric comedian best known for his appearances on variety shows and game shows back in the day as well as his stand up, has passed away at the age of 84.
His comedy career started when he had joined the U.S. Army and, simultaneously, begun to perform in stand up clubs around the world. It was while doing this that he would start to develop the persona he has been best identified with. Much of his performances onstage was built around his over-the-top and zany persona, where he would literally beg the audience for their laughter in an almost whine like fashion.
Some of Taylor’s best known appearances include The Gong Show, Hollywood Squares, Match Game, The Tonight Show, and the ever-infamous The Brady Bunch Variety Hour. In 1978, he tried his hand at hosting with The $1.98 Beauty Show, which was a parody of beauty contests that featured the big “winner” taking home a bouquet of rotten vegetables and $1.98 all in change. He also had memorable appearances in films such as Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, the Jackass films, and Wayne’s World 2.
One of his best remembered bits involved him consistently throwing confetti. This led to him often being referred to as the King of Camp and Confetti. So let’s all throw a handful of confetti up in the air in honor of the great Rip Taylor.