Jim Carrey: Jonathan Winters Was A Sparkling & Childish Comedic Genius

Posted on April 12th, 2013 at 12:02 pm


Jim Carrey, who has often said he was inspired by funnyman Jonathan Winters, is paying tribute to the comic legend, RumorFix is reporting.

“Jonathan Winters was the worthy custodian of a sparkling and childish comedic genius. He did God’s work. I was lucky 2 know him. =;o{|},” Jim wrote on Twitter.

Winters, who was known for his wacky comedy, was featured in such films as It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and The Loved One  and he may be best remembered as Robin Williams’ son on the TV show Mork & Mindy.

He died Thursday evening of natural causes at his home in Montecito, California. He was 87.

He is being remembered as one of a kind by some of America’s funniest comedians:

“R.I.P Jonathan Winters,” tweeted comedian and filmmaker Albert Brooks. “Beyond funny, he invented a new category of comedic genius.”

“Had a great run. Actual genius,”Kevin Pollak wrote. And Richard Lewis called him “A genius and the greatest improvisational comedian of all time.”

Dane Cook added, “#JonathanWinters – One of the great comedy minds. A kind hearted man with a ferocious comedy mind. #RIP”

“The first time I saw Jonathan Winters perform, I thought I might as well quit the business,” tweeted Dick Van Dyke after hearing of Winters’ death. “Because, I could never be as brilliant.”