Legendary Comedian/Writer/Mentor, Kevin Rooney, dies at 71

Kevin Rooney was a Stand-up comedian, author, and actor from the United States.

Kevin Rooney Emmy-winning stand-up comic, scribe for sitcoms, mentor, and writer for Jay Leno, Bill Maher, and Dennis Miller passes away at age 71.

Rooney, an Emmy-winning comedy writer, died at home on July 19 after a protracted struggle with diabetes and end-stage renal failure. He was 71.

Jay Leno and the American Dream, Jay Leno’s debut comedy special, was written by Rooney. He also contributed to Leno’s “What’s my beef?” outbursts for David Letterman’s Late Night in the 1980s.

“He was the greatest muse a comedian could ever have,” said Leno, who met Rooney at The Improv. “I got so much material just through conversations with Kevin. The first time I saw him, I thought, ‘Oh boy, this guy is really good.’ It’s a real voice. There are no gimmicks. He didn’t have a catchphrase. There wasn’t a funny look. When times were rough, they throw out the catchphrase or funny look. Kevin didn’t have any of that.”

Leno continued, “I don’t know anybody who thought they were better than Kevin Rooney. When Kevin took the stage, we’d all step inside. Me, Seinfeld, Larry Miller. At the end of the night, we’d all say, ‘Rooney’s story was really funny.’

“We were all genuinely happy when he had success. He was a guy who earned it, a unique voice. Never derivative of anyone else. It was that classic New England sarcastic voice. But there was a human behind it. Even when he said the most sarcastic thing. He will be greatly missed.”

Accidental Stand-up Comedy

At El Brookman’s in Washington, D.C., Rooney accidentally performed stand-up comedy on stage for the first time that year. As a result, a pitcher of beer was dumped on his head. After giving teaching another shot, he traveled to New York City and subsequently to Los Angeles, where he established himself as a regular at the Improv.

Rooney gave stand-up performances all throughout the country and frequently appeared on The Tonight Show, David Letterman, and The A-List. In the 1990s, Rooney began penning sitcoms, first with The Golden Palace and later with The Naked Truth and Boston Common.

Kevin Rooney Age, Family, and Early Life

Kevin Rooney was 71 years old when he passed away. He was of American nationality.

kevin rooney family

Rooney is survived by his wife Carole, his kids, his sister Rebecca, and his brother Matthew.

Kevin Rooney Career, What was his profession?

In 1977, Rooney debuted his stand-up career in Washington, D.C. He later performed in New York City and Los Angeles. While playing at The Improv in Hollywood, he ran with Jay Leno, and the two quickly grew close and started writing together. He developed stuff for Leno on Late Night with David Letterman, where Rooney also performed stand-up comedy, and contributed to Leno’s special Jay Leno and the American Dream.

Rooney started penning scripts for sitcoms in the 1990s. For his work on Dennis Miller Live, he received two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program. His other works include ‘Til Death, The Golden Palace, The Naked Truth, and Boston Common.

Kevin Rooney Net Worth, How much does he earn?

The estimated net worth of Kevin Rooney was about 1.5 million USD.

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Which school did he go to? What was his major?

Palmer graduated from the University of Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in operations management. He was the first person in his family to graduate from college.

Kevin Rooney Wife, What about his relationship? Any children?

Rooney wed Carole Raphaelle Davis in the late 1990s. They resided in Nice, France, and the Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles.

His social media reach.

We did a quick search for the social media reach of Kevin Rooney but weren’t able to find him on any sort of social media platforms.

Kevin Rooney’s Height, Weight, Sexual orientation

HeightN / A
Weight N / A
Hair colorGrey
Body typeFit
 Sexual orientationStraight

Interesting facts about Kevin Rooney’s which you should be known about.

Ethnicity White
Zodiac sign N / A
Relationship status Married
SpouseCarole Raphaelle Davis

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