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5 Memorable Senior Comedians

By Nikhil Mehta, 9:00 am on

Palm Desert at-home care providers know that laughter is one of the best forms of medicine. That’s why watching comedians or becoming one can do a world of good for people of any age. There are even famous senior comedians that have or still enjoy successful careers by making other people laugh. While some have since passed on, their reputations remain.

1. Betty White

Still going strong at the age of 94, White may best be remembered for the addle-brained characters she portrayed on the Mary Tyler Moore and Golden Girls shows. She received the Women’s International Center Living Legacy Award in 1988 and was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame. White is also widely known as an animal rights activist. 

2. George Carlin

The satirical stand-up comic died in 2008 at the age of 71. His routines commonly criticized politics, religion and society by offering his unique insight in such a way that was wildly honest yet humorous. During his lengthy career, he starred in 14 HBO specials, numerous films and was inducted into the Comedy Hall of Fame in 1994. In his private life, he was married twice and fathered one child, a daughter. 

3. Jonathan Winters

Winters passed away in 2013 at the age of 87, but he left a legacy along the way that entertained generations. He once reported that developing various characters began when he was a child in an attempt to alleviate boredom. Along with appearing in numerous TV shows and movies, the comedian he served as a marine in WWII and was an accomplished painter.

4. Phyllis Diller

Before she passed away at the age of 95 in 2012, Diller’s comedy was enjoyed by millions over the years. One of her more famous characters involved a cranky older woman fond of complaining about her husband “Fang.” She began her career in 1955 and was appeared in various TV shows and films in addition to having her own show. Diller was married twice, had six children, never smoked and played piano. 

5. Steve Martin

Now 71, the silver-haired comic began his career as a writer for the Smothers Brothers, Sonny and Cher along with Glen Campbell. His first stand-up appearance was in 1972 on the Tonight Show. Since that time, he has appeared in various films addition to performing his stand-up routines. In his off time, Martin collects art, writes plays, wrote a novel and is an accomplished musician. 

No matter how old your loved one is, he or she will enjoy the talents of these and other comedians. Your loved one might even benefit from taking a stand-up class or two for fun. Learn more about other ways your loved one can enjoy a hearty laugh by calling Home Care Assistance at (760) 345-0001. Our live-in and hourly home caregivers in Palm Desert are available 24/7 to boost your loved one’s emotional wellbeing in order to promote vitality and longevity. We will customize a unique schedule for your loved one when you call.