The world of stand up comedy is in mourning after it was learned that popular comedian Richard “Dick” Bain died on Memorial Day, as first reported by The Comedy Bureau.
Bain, 37, started his job at stand up comedy in North Carolina before moving to Portland, Oregon. In 2011, he moved to Los Angeles, California to focus on his career as a stand-up comedian.
The Comedy Bureau wrote a moving message honoring the artist.
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Today, comedy lost a truly unique and cheeky voice to one person: Richard Bain. Bain’s relentless commitment to being funny made him stand out in any room he presented. His unwavering calm juxtaposed with how outrageous it could be, was something we expected every time he took the stage or was even just hanging in a room, a bar, a party, etc. Bain was just a charming constant in and around comedy, “said Comedy Bureau.
Bain’s cause of death was not immediately disclosed. Adrienne Airheart, a friend of Bain’s, who referred to the artist as the “funniest, sweetest, strangest, fun-loving, scandalous, saddest, most depressing, most fun, underrated and talented man,” inferred in her Instagram that the cause of death of the actor was suicide, something that so far has not been confirmed.
According to his IMDB page, Bain appeared in movies like Betamax in 2015, The Unquenchable Thirst for Beau Nerjoose in 2016, and was a guest star on the television series Fagabond in 2018. He starred on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, in the Portland Bridgetown Comedy Festival, and the Los Angeles Riot Comedy Festival.
Bain would have celebrated his 38th birthday on July 20. A memorial vigil for Bain will be held at Akbar in Los Angeles on Monday night. The “safe gathering” encourages those who want to attend to bring “whatever makes sense: candles, flowers, jars, etc”.
Six years ago, Bain started a Fundly campaign to raise money for his sister Ashley, who lost her son Gavin, who died after his home was destroyed by a tornado in North Carolina. Bain said: “The roof collapsed on her and her one-year-old son, Gavin. He was in a medically induced coma, but he passed away. “
The Community blog wrote: “While the money raised will never replace your young son, it can at least help her rebuild her home so she can focus on her grief. Our hearts go out to Richard, his sister, and the Bain family. It’s hard to imagine what they are going through right now. “
Bain was a regular actor in Los Angeles comedy clubs and his death left many comedians and fans devastated.
Ian Karmel, chief script writer for CBS’s The Late Late Show with James Corden tweeted: “It’s a shame Richard Bain is gone. When I started comedy, he was already in Portland, and his kindness offstage was as affirmative as his bravery onstage. Every time I acted I existed for that moment. ”
Actor Solomon Georgio tweeted: “Richard Bain was a shit… a little bit troublesome, but it was my little problem. I am heartbroken because I will never be able to turn around and tell my best friend to stay still. I am heartbroken. I always said he would live longer than all of us and I hate being a liar. “
A Twitter member wrote: “When I was 17, I competed in a comedy contest on Flappers and Richard Bain swept to such a crazy level. I clearly remember thinking, ‘This is the funniest man I’ve ever seen.’ ”
Richard Bain was a problematic little shit but he was my problematic little shit. I’m heartbroken that I’ll never get to turn around and tell my best friend to stop it. I’m just heartbroken. I always said he would live longer than all of us and I hate being a liar.
– Solomon Georgio (@solomongeorgio) May 25, 2020
Comedian Andrew Sleighter tweeted: “Q.E.P.D. Richard Bain. @heidahay and I had countless discussions about how he was not extremely famous. It was so, so much fun. ”
Richard Bain was one of the kindest funniest people I’ve ever know and I loved him. He was pure, loving, brilliant… he was greatness.
– Christian Duguay (@christianduguay) May 25, 2020
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