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RIP Charlie Callas

LAS VEGAS–Rubber-faced comedian Charlie Callas died at a care center here Thursday, Jan. 27. He was 86.
In addition to being mentioned in riffs a number of times, MSTies will remember that his trademark jerky stage persona was put to good use in the “Charlie Callas massager,” an invention exchange in episode 320- THE UNEARTHLY.

15 Replies to “RIP Charlie Callas”

  1. ck says:

    Funny Man Charlie Callas would have blown away the
    “comedian” in The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living…
    in any competition.


  2. And he made one heck of a Sinestro…


  3. Thomas K. Dye says:

    The only thing I’ve ever seen him in was as a “soothsayer” in History of the World, Part I. Once I recognized him there, all the MST riffs about him made sense.


  4. Hopkins says:


    I can’t even count the number of times I saw him on TV variety shows (“Laugh-In” etc.) and in goofy guest shots on sit-coms when I was a kid in the late 60’s and early 70’s. His schtick was utterly mad and I remember trying to imitate him in front of the mirror much to my mother’s great concern for my mental balance.


  5. JCC says:

    Voot Voot our noble friend, Voot Voot…


  6. Mr. B(ob) says:

    Charlie Callas was on TV all the time when I was a kid and I always enjoyed his act. I also enjoyed the many references to him on MST3K. Farewell, the world has lost another funnyman when we could use all the funnymen possible.


  7. SAVE FERRIS says:

    “Farewell, the world has lost another funnyman when we could use all the funnymen possible…….”

    Amen, “Bob”, amen…….. :cry:


  8. Gary Bowden says:

    So sad to hear this because I remember him from Laugh In and the Bobby Vinton Special(with Adrienne Barbeau)and from the Jerry Lewis movie THE BIG MOUTH and the Dean Martin Roasts,too.A very funny man who will be greatly missed.One of a kind.


  9. Captn Ross Hagen says:

    I remember him in Silent Movie, High Anxiety, and History of the World and in a Jerry Lewis movie The Big Mouth. He was a class act, the same type of actor as Johnathan Winters. When they were on screen you watched everything they did, very visual and the perfect timing. Like all the good comedians, unlike Charlie Sheen.


  10. BIG61AL says:

    you know I am getting pissed on how many celebrities of my life are dying lately…


  11. Invasion of the Neptune Man says:

    I remember Charlie Callas from 70s TV too. RIP


  12. Hopkins says:

    Anyone ever see him in a nightclub setting? I’ve always wondered what 20,30,40 minutes in a row of him must have been like. What was Charlie Callas long form?!

    By the way…very cool still shot of him up there. In later years he always had an horrific comb-over or toupee thing happening.


  13. BeefStumpKnob says:

    when I was a kid he cracked me up, todays youth can see him as kind of a funny-version of Jim Carrey! I too tried to impersonate this whacky guy. My folks couldnt stand him, I always thought it was a generation gap, but guess I was wrong about that–my dad is 86 this year!


  14. Feyd Rautha says:

    Let’s not forget the reference to him in a Peter Graves/Biography riff from Parts: The Clonus Horror. RIP Charlie.


  15. bobhoncho says:

    And he was banned from the Tonight Show, on air, Johnny said, “You’ll never be on this show, again!”


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