Mort Sahl

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Sahl in 1960

Morton Lyon "Mort" Sahl (May 11, 1927 – October 26, 2021) was a Canadian-born American comedian and actor of Jewish background. He was thought to be the first modern stand-up comedian. He was known for writing jokes for President John F. Kennedy in his speeches.[1] He was born in Montreal, Quebec.

Sahl died on October 26, 2021 at his home in Mill Valley, California at the age of 94.[2]

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  1. "Comedian Mort Sahl". Fresh Air. December 23, 2003. Retrieved 2010-09-16. He wrote jokes for JFK and appeared on What's My Line? and The Ed Sullivan Show. In addition, he was the first comic to make a live recording, the first to do college concerts and, in 1960, the first to grace the cover of Time magazine.
  2. Weber, Bruce (October 26, 2021). "Mort Sahl, Whose Biting Commentary Redefined Stand-Up, Dies at 94". The New York Times. Retrieved October 26, 2021.

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