This Day in Jewish History 1987: Comedian Dies Onstage, Audience Doesn't Get It

Dick 'I didn't even know I was a Jew' Shawn almost became a pro baseball player before finding his métier in Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad stand-up comedy. He had the last laugh.

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On April 17, 1987, comic actor Dick Shawn — manic, physically dexterous, unpredictable — fell to the floor during a solo performance in San Diego and never got up. At the age of 63, he had died on the job....