Saturday, April 13, 2013

Jonathan Winters

We've lost a giant of comedy. A master of improvisation.

On the Jack Parr show Jonathan was given a stick and within seconds he had created 10 characters.

He became known to my son's generation through his work on 'Mork and Mindy' and his voice work on 'The Smurfs'





There wasn't an emotion he couldn't convey.







I was in the kitchen washing dishes and listening to my son's laughter fill the house. He was about 7 and was having a rough time - his father hadn't called him in weeks and he had just been told he needed to wear glasses.

The sound of his laughter was so good to hear.
"You watching Mork and Mindy?"
"Yea Ma"
"Mork always makes you laugh"
"It's the chubby guy Ma, he's so funny. I want to hug him"

Thank You Jonathan



Peaceful Journey

16 comments:

Jay Simser said...

Lovely tribute. He was so very funny.

jabblog said...

Sweet memories and a lovely tribute.

Sylvia K said...

He was the best and one of my all time favorite comics!! A wonderful tribute, Dianne!

Hilary said...

Awww your tributes are always so sweet.

RIP, chubby guy. :)

Jeni said...

He most certainly was one awesome entertainer! Always loved his work.

Ron said...

What an awesome tribute, Dianne!

"We've lost a giant of comedy. A master of improvisation."

Yes, he SURE was! A BRILLIANT master of improvisation! And improvisation is probably one of the most difficult forms of acting because you have to be QUICK.

And I had totally forgotten that he was on Mork and Mindy?!?

Peaceful journey, Jonathan.

Have a terrific weekend, dear lady.

X to you and Hope!

Mike said...

Nanu nanu Jonathan.

Kay Dennison said...

He was a comedic genius and will be greatly missed!

OldLady Of The Hills said...

What a truly Beautiful tribute to a-one-of-a-kind genius---an "Original" as they say...There was no one like him and there never will be again.
And he was a very talented Painter, too...He used to show at The Ankrum Gallery here in L.A.--the same gallery I showed at.
And how wonderful he was STILL working almost to the end...!
The memory of your son's laughter at Winters during such a difficult time for him, is so very very touching. The power of talent, and how it touches peoples lives in ways the 'talent' might never ever know....

Granny Annie said...

You did a good job with this tribute and I too loved hearing my children's laughter over Mork and Mindy.

Happy Elf Mom said...

I remember him from the BLOOPY show. Ok, not one of his greater moments. But still.

Akelamalu said...

Lovely tribute.

Fireblossom said...

He'll be missed.

HermanTurnip said...

I grew up watching Jonathan Winters on TV and in the movies. His was a genius that inspired and uplifted. Rare are people such a gift, and he *will* be missed.

Goodnight, funnyman.

Daryl said...

i knew you would have a post honoring this gentle genius ... crazy times this weekend or i would have been here sooner xo

Katz Tales said...

Nice tribute; sounds like a good man. Hope you're OK. We've been away. Back now for a few weeks till new semester kicks in. Hugs to the cats.