Nay, Nay

John Pinette had me hooked as a fan the moment I first heard his debut album, Show Me the Buffet. Like all his fans, I was deeply saddened by his death today at age 50.

In the spring of 1998, a record company sent me an advance copy of Pinette’s CD. They asked me to consider booking him as a guest on KLOS. Mark & Brian generally didn’t want to have guests they didn’t know unless I insisted. When I pitched them on John Pinette, it was one of the few times I insisted.

Of course Pinette was an outstanding guest. A month or two later he was on the finale of Seinfeld.  That December, I booked him to do a set on stage at the Mark & Brian Christmas Show. In the summer of 1999, he agreed to appear as a guest on a show I co-hosted on a much smaller radio station. Also in 1999, he was named Stand-Up Comedian of the Year.

John’s YouTube channel has only eight videos on it. Each video is a segment of his I’m Starvin’ special. Here is part one:

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