Kelly Monteith dead: US comedian who gained popularity in the UK, was 80

LOS ANGELES — Kelly Monteith, an American-born comedian whose observational humor and satirical sketches also won him a large following in Britain, has died aged 80.

His death was confirmed on Tuesday by Marlise Boland, executive producer of the Anglophile Channel, with whom he often worked. Boland said Monteith died Sunday in Los Angeles. He had suffered a stroke in 2021 and was also battling aphasia.

Monteith was a St. Louis native who built enough of a following to appear in the 1970s on the “Tonight” show with Johnny Carson, a major platform for up-and-coming young comics. He was also popular on British talk shows and received an offer from the BBC for his own programme, “Kelly Monteith”, which ran from 1979 to 1984.

Monteith combined jokes about everyday life, from hospitals and restaurants to people’s insane habit of saying “thank you” at casual get-togethers, with parodies of old movies. He was also known for “breaking the fourth wall”, allowing his audience to see him in his dressing room before and after a show.

In 1983 he was one of the artists in the Royal Variety Performance for Queen Elizabeth II. His other credits included appearances on the television shows “The Love Boat” and “Love American Style” and the comedy album “Lettuce Be Cool”, released in 1984. More recently, he looked back on his career as a producer of ” Kelly Monteith’s”. BBC Memories” and co-host of “Brit Flix with Kelly, Paul and Two-Buck Chuck”.

Monteith is survived by two children he had with his ex-wife, Caroline Alexander.

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