Entry in progress—B.P.
“Comedy is tragedy plus time.”
Wikipedia: Gilbert Gottfried
Gilbert Gottfried (born February 28, 1955) is an American actor, voice actor and stand-up comedian, best known for his trademark comedic persona of speaking in a loud, grating tone of voice. He has played numerous roles in film and television, perhaps most notably voicing the parrot Iago in Disney’s Aladdin (1992), and co-starred in the Problem Child movies. He is also known for voicing Digit in the children’s cartoon/educational math-based show Cyberchase and formerly the Aflac duck.
During his monologue at a Friars Club roast of Hugh Hefner just three weeks after the September 11 attacks, Gottfried joked that he had intended to catch a plane, but couldn’t get a direct flight because “they said they have to stop at the Empire State Building first.” Audience members responded with hisses and a cry of “Too soon!”. Gottfried then abandoned his prepared remarks and launched into the venerable Aristocrats joke, winning back the audience. Penn Jillette and Paul Provenza used Gottfried’s monologue as a segment in their 2005 film, The Aristocrats.
Funny Or Die
Too Soon Gilbert Gottfried
Gilbert Gottfried has trouble not making a joke about tragedies, but it’s nothing new.
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From Gilbert Gottfried: http://www.popeater.com/2011/03/29/gilbert-gottfried-funny-or-die/
Earlier, Johnny Carson:
Publication:The Economist (US) Publish date:June 8, 1991 Copyright
A MERE 126 years after the event, the tele-vision comedian Johnny Carson is always booed when he tries to make a joke about Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. “It’s still too soon,” he says. And it is not too late for Lincoln to create controversy and make the news.
(From Google Books, I see that it’s on page 31.)