Vic Dunlop died from complications of diabetes over the weekend. The stand-up comedian was 62.
Born in New York City, Dunlop grew up in Los Angeles and served in the Army in Vietnam, jokingly saying in the bio for his Rooftop Comedy page that the military sent him to a fat farm: “We were forced to wear pink armbands to separate us from the skinnier recruits. I learned to laugh at the absurdity of it all.”
Afterward, Dunlop started an improv comedy group, Natural Gas, that performed at The Comedy Store and later on TV with Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert. Dunlop would go on to stints on Richard Pryor’s comedy/variety show in 1997, multiple appearances on Make Me Laugh, and a role on the sitcom, Harper Valley P.T.A.
Dunlop had lost a leg to diabetes in 2000, but continued to headline comedy clubs throughout the past decade, with a gig at the Riviera in Vegas last month, according to the LA Times.
Here is a clip of Dunlop performing two years ago at the Ice House in Pasadena, complete with his popular closing bit about his “crazy eyes,” which he also sold as merch. Roll it.