Anyone who follows the work of Tim and Eric undoubtedly struggles with their own moral questions about what it means to take halfway home residents out of their supervised living conditions and put them in the middle of an ever-increasingly more insane comedy program to be used for discomfiting, mildly-to-very-exploitative laughs. But it is also obvious that despite the moral ambiguity of this casting process, those guys feel real affection for their carnival of lost souls, and so too do we as their audience. And so this news is sad. From @timheidecker:

Deeply saddened to announce that our friend Richard Dunn passed away at 7:14am this morning.

Oh no! Oh jeez! R.I.P. Richard Dunn. You will be missed. You are in heaven now, making the angels laugh while simultaneously confusing the angels sometimes and making them feel a little weird about whether you are in on the joke or not.

Comments (19)
  1. Awesome show, Mr. Dunn. Great job.

  2. He was also great as creepy popcorn salesman on Parks and Rec. You know, the popcorn that used the wrong oil that a bunch of people had to have their throats replaced?

    R.I.P. :(

  3. This is super sad. He was always so adorable on the show. And even tough he was certainly more advanced in years than many, this easily hits me harder than any celebrity death in the last year. Super sad :(

  4. R.I.P. Richard. Say hi to Larry Bud Melman for me

  5. He always made me laugh and gave me the heebie jeebies. I guess that equals the hehe jeeebies.

  6. Goodnight Pep-Pep. You’re “Getting it Dunn” in Heaven now.

  7. Why didn’t you just give Richard Dunn some damn bones?

    Goodnight Sweet Prince.

  8. I propose a toast in his memory

  9. Now driving on the Richard Dunn Memorial Highway (to get to Lazy Horse Mattress and Bedding Store) will be so much more poignant.

  10. seriously so much more upset about this than any other celeb death. Dunn retrospective tonight.

  11. Very sad news. I wanted to meet that dad! (Did he have children?)

  12. This is awful. When he was the referee in the Tennis episode, I smiled the entire time.

  13. Just found his demo reel on his website. To put it in perspective, some of the stuff he did pre-Awesome Show is way sadder and more demeaning like APPEARING IN A 3 DOORS DOWN VIDEO.!

  14. He taught me many wonderful things about learning about life!

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