News has come out that Neil Mahoney, director and editor of numerous television comedies, has passed away at the age of 43.
And even if you’re not familiar with him by name, you undoubtedly are familiar with his great work over the last two decades. Mahoney had worked as an editor on Portlandia, Key and Peele, Drunk History, Between Two Ferns, Royalty, Funny or Die Presents, Comrade Detective, The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, and Party Over Here. He also co-directed the film Freak Dance with Matt Besser, Paul F. Thompkin’s You Should Have Told Me, and numerous shorts for Funny or Die including Tiffani Thiessen is Busy and Raaaaaaaandy Declares War on Justin Bieber.
Over the course of yesterday and today, many in the comedy community have taken to social media to remember Mahoney.
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Although we had worked together countless times, we only ever hung out one-on-one on exactly 1 occasion. We met for happy hour at a bar near both of us and had a terrific time just talking about life and whatever.
— Paul F. Tompkins (@PFTompkins) January 10, 2021
Please Rest In Peace beautiful soul Neil Mahoney – ❤️one of the only truly good, decent, and kind people in a world of assholes such as myself.
— JEN KIRKMAN 👩🏻💻 (@JenKirkman) January 10, 2021
Rest In Peace Neil Mahoney. A talented and lovely dude with a big heart that edited my first videos when I moved to LA. We worked on many of the same shows throughout the years, and I always loved seeing him around. ❤️
— Jon Daly (@jondaly) January 10, 2021
Absolutely gutted by the loss of Neil Mahoney. Such a warm, funny, and good-hearted weirdo who I wish so badly was still around. We love you, Neil. https://t.co/INiT6iebLv
— Allie Goertz (@AllieGoertz) January 10, 2021
I miss you @NEILMAHONEY. Memories of all the backstage, tour bus, airplane, crappy van, shitty bar laughs with the Mr. Show and Comedians of Comedy tours. Drinking for free twelve nights in a row and giggling like hammered idiots. You were the fucking best. Love you, man.
— Brian Posehn (@thebrianposehn) January 10, 2021
— Emily V Gordon (@emilyvgordon) January 10, 2021
Our friend Neil Mahoney died this week. He edited your favorite TV stuff & was the most loyal friend. I couldn’t sleep last night because I was so sad. Making jokes here helped distract me, but I felt like angry garbage. This wasn’t public then but now it is. We love you, Neil. pic.twitter.com/v1bGEjDDNx
— Sara Benincasa (@SaraJBenincasa) January 10, 2021
Neil Mahoney is as sweet as they come. Legitimately funny and amazingly talented. A friend to everyone. What a kind soul.
I finally got to work with him last year and came away knowing he was the funniest editor I’ve ever worked with. Grateful for his presence in my life. RIP.
— scharpling (@scharpling) January 10, 2021
Neil Mahoney was always first at parties, a kind curmudgeon & an editor who told really long stories. I’ve spent the last day reading remembrances of him. He’d be so embarrassed to see how loved he was. I can’t believe I’m never going to see him again. I love you Neil. #neiledit
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) January 10, 2021
Neil Mahoney passed away yesterday. Way too young, way too talented, and way too nice to die so young. Fantaseez forever my friend. pic.twitter.com/UyMC9auv3t
— Matt Besser (@MattBesser) January 10, 2021
RIP Neil Mahoney. He was as funny as he was kind, and more talented than most of us. I mainly knew Neil through doing podcasts and seeing him at shows, but every time I had an interaction with him I’d walk away saying “I like that guy”. The world is worse off now that he’s gone.
— kurt braunohler (@kurtbraunohler) January 10, 2021
Rest in peace Neil Mahoney.
Funny Or Die mourns the loss of our friend and former colleague Neil Mahoney. We join the chorus of comedians and creators who loved Neil. He was a great guy, always ready with a kind smile, a hearty laugh, and amazing creative instincts. #NeiledIt pic.twitter.com/xp0WrWjEoG
— Funny Or Die (@funnyordie) January 10, 2021
My buddy Neil Mahoney passed away yesterday and I don’t know what to do with that. I remember when and where we met in passing fifteen years ago. I remember meeting him a second time, days later, in passing again, but knowing then and there that we were friends.
— Ben Acker (@bnacker) January 10, 2021