(Chris Pizzello/invision/ap)

Remembering Jonathan Winters: Memorable television moments

The improv comic could create a scene with nothing put a pencil, a pen and his wit


Prachi Gupta
April 12, 2013 10:33PM (UTC)

Jonathan Winters, who was one of the most celebrated improv comics in America, died Thursday night at 87. As those who grew up watching him on TV shows such as "Mork & Mindy," "The Hollywood Squares" and "The Dean Martin Show" and in the film “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" mourn the loss of one of alternative comedy's pioneers, many will revisit some of Winters' most memorable moments.

Winters could improvise with literally anything--including a set of pen and pencils:

Advertisement:

and just a stick:

In fact, Winters never read from a script, even when on "The Dean Martin Show":

He was also famous for his celebrity roasts, including that of singer Frank Sinatra:

and television host Johnny Carson:

Winters was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 1999 and has been credited with the inspiration for a generation of comics, including Robin Williams and Jim Carrey.


Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

MORE FROM Prachi GuptaFOLLOW prachiguLIKE Prachi Gupta

Related Topics ------------------------------------------

Comedy Hollywood Improv Comedy Jonathan Winters Obituary Television Video




BROWSE SALON.COM
COMPLETELY AD FREE,
FOR THE NEXT HOUR

Read Now, Pay Later - no upfront
registration for 1-Hour Access

Click Here
7-Day Access and Monthly
Subscriptions also available
No tracking or personal data collection
beyond name and email address

•••


Fearless journalism
in your inbox every day

Sign up for our free newsletter

• • •