Canadian-Born Pioneer of Modern-Day Political Comedy Dies

Mort Sahl Dies at Age 94

“Are there any groups I haven’t offended?” … If you were the only person left on the planet, I would have to attack you. That’s my job.”                                                                                                                            – Mort Sahl, whose number-one target was always hypocracy

A Brief Tribute from Doug Draper at Niagara At Large

Posted October 28th, 2021.

Mort Sahl, as many with roots going back to the 1960s, remember him.

If you are under the age of 50, there is a good chance that you don’t even know Mort Sahl because he came of age as a stand-up comedian during the dark years of black-listing and the War in Vietnam in the late 1950s and 1960s.

Yet every comedian from Lenny Bruce and George Carlin to Bill Maher and countless cast members on Saturday Night Lived, who have dared to wade into the treacherous waters of political humor, owe a great deal to Mort Sahl, who was born in Montreal in 1927 and spent his adult life living and working in the United States, where he died this October 26th.

“Liberals feel unworthy of their possessions,” he once said, and “conservatives feel they deserve everything they’ve stolen.” It is an observation that may be more relevant today than when Mort Sahl first shared it all those years ago.

To get just a little taste of Mort Sahl, on the Smothers Brothers TV show in the late 1960s, click on the screen below –

To read an obituary Rolling Stone magazine has posted on Mort Sahl, click on –

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One response to “Canadian-Born Pioneer of Modern-Day Political Comedy Dies

  1. I am so sorry to hear about Mort Sahl’s passing. My mother was a huge fan and I remember going to see his show in Toronto many years ago. He was an incredibly talented and insightful comedian. My condolences to his family.


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