Emmy-Nominated Comedian & Actor Shelley Berman Dies At Age 92

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According to his publicist, Berman died early Friday morning due to complications from Alzheimer's Disease at his home in Bell Canyon, California.

Following Berman's death, a post was published on his website, listing various links of organizations offering information to Alzheimer's.

Chicago beckoned again, and he accepted a spot with the improvisational troupe the Compass Players, a forerunner of the fabled Second City. Berman first got the idea that comedy could be more than a string of one-liners in 1957 watching satirist Mort Sahl at the Chicago club Mister Kelly's. He made his first appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1959, the same year he released his first album, Inside Shelley Berman, which was the first record to win a Spoken Word Grammy Award.

Shelley Berman, the wildly popular "sit-down" comic of the late 1950s and '60s who, after his career came unhinged following an outburst caught on camera, concentrated on acting and played Larry David's father on Curb Your Enthusiasm, has died. He was nominated for an Emmy award in 2008 for his performance as Larry's partially-blind, oft-crotchety father.

At his peak, Berman was asked to participate in NBC's documentary-style show "Comedian Backstage", for which he was followed around as he prepared for a 1962 nightclub act. Others will remember him as old Judge Sanders on "Boston Legal", or his guest roles on "L.A. Law".

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In his book Who's Who In Comedy, author Ronald L Smith said: 'Mostly critics praise Berman as a virtuoso satirist of modern angst and anxiety - an intellectual performer'.

Aside from his career in show business, Berman taught a comedy course at the University of Southern California, the AP reports. I will have more to say in this group in the days ahead, but Sarah (who I just spoke to) wanted me to let all of Shelley's Facebook fans know about Shelley's passing.

"I was always one of those life-of-the-party boys", he admitted, "though I never stooped to wearing women's hats or lampshades".

Shelley Berman in 1964.

Berman is succeeded by his wife, Sarah Herman; their daughter, Rachel Berman; and two grandsons.

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