Legendary U.S. Political Satirist and Stand-Up Comedian Mort Sahl Dies at Age 94

Mort Sahl, a legendary political satirist and stand-up comedian in the United States, died at the age of 94 on Oct. 26 in Mill Valley, California.

Lucy Mercer, a friend who has helped oversee Sahl’s affairs, confirmed the comedian’s death to the New York Times.

Magazine Rolling Stone listed him in the top 10 of its 50 best stand-up comics of all time, as he was credited as the inspiration for modern stand-up comedy, and his work has influenced generations of comedians.

Sahl began his career in the 1950s, revolutionizing comedy by addressing social and political issues and calling out hypocrisy.

Sahl also served as the inaugural host of the Grammy Awards in 1959. In the same year, he co-hosted the Academy Awards.

Sahl’s live 1959 album “Mort Sahl at Sunset” was credited as the first stand-up comedy album and the Library of Congress named it to the National Recording Registry.

Sahl also appeared in several films, including “All the Young Men” in 1960, “Johnny Cool” in 1963, and “Don’t Make Waves” in 1967.

Time Magazine featured Sahl on its cover in 1960.

Sahl continued to perform into his 80s, even after suffering a stroke.


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