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Mort Sahl, political satirist and stand-up comedian dies at 94

Comedian            Mort Sahl
Comedian Mort Sahl in 1981 photo. (AP Photo)

Legendary comedian and political satirist Mort Sahl has died at 94.

Born in Montreal, Sahl moved with his family to Los Angeles as a child and got his start at San Francisco’s comedy clubs.

He was a phenomenal story-teller that was steeped in politics and enjoyed a good laugh.

Sahl ridicules President John F Kennedy before going on to write jokes for his campaign. After Kennedy was elected he decided to mock him again.

The comedian was a guest host frequently on Johnny Carson’s The Tonight Show on NBC.

Sahl continued to perform stand-up well into his 80’s, even after suffering a stroke.

He was married four times and they all ended in divorce, and his only son died in 1996. He has no surviving family members.

Sahl died at home in Mill Valley, near San Francisco in Northern California, a friend told the New York Times.