Harold Ramis’ passing away at 69 is as big a loss for American comedy as losing Sid Caesar was a few weeks ago.
Ramis was in front or behind the camera of so many amazing films that influenced American comedy for years to come. Where it was Animal House, Vacation, Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, or Groundhog Day, the list goes on and on.
“It is impossible to overstate the personal and professional influence that Harold Ramis has had on all of us at The Second City,” Andrew Alexander, The Second City CEO and Executive Producer, said in a statement. “He was a natural leader, a trusted friend and so generous with his own talent that he made everyone he ever worked with look like a genius. We are devastated to lose him so young but we were all enriched by the years we did get to partake of his particular brilliance.”
Through the Chicago improv and sketch comedy scene, I’ve gotten to know many talented comedians and there’s no doubt in my mind that Ramis had an influence on so many through his work. Ramis was just one of many that graced the Mainstage on North and Wells in Chicago and the famed Second City theater.
My condolences go out to his wife, family, and friends. May his memory be a blessing.