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RIP Art Metrano

AVENTURA, FLA. — Standup comedian and actor Art Metrano, perhaps best known as the pompous cop boss in the second and third Police Academy films, or as a regular on the 1982-83 ABC sitcom “Joanie Loves Chachi,” died at his home here Sept. 8. He was 84.

MSTies will remember his straight role as the truck driver in the movie in episode 205- ROCKET ATTACK U.S.A.

His career skyrocketed in 1970 after he performed a bit as The Amazing Metrano on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” a mock-magic routine which so tickled Carson that, at the end of the act, the virtually unknown comedian was invited to sit next to Carson — great honor in the comedy world.

The Hollywood Reporter has the story.

RIP Scott Hansen

MINNEAPOLIS — Twin Cities-based comedian and comedy impresario Scott Hansen, who influenced several MST3K cast members’ careers, died September 5 at a hospice here of multiple organ failure. He was 66.

“In terms of comedy in Minnesota, Scott is at the top of the list, said Patrick Strait, author of “Funny Thing About Minnesota: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of the Twin Cities Comedy Scene.” No one did more to help grow stand-up locally.”

In 1981, he selected Joel to be the headliner for the grand opening of his new comedy club, the Comedy Gallery. The move gave his career a boost. He also mentored Frank and J. Elvis.

“I got my start working for Scott Hansen at the Comedy Gallery,” Frank said on Twitter. “I tore tickets, I seated people, I mc’d the shows. Got on stage every night, learned the craft. Thank you, Scott. Rest In Peace.”

Calling Hansen “one of the founders of the Mpls. stand up scene and one-time comedy don of the Twin Cities, Weinstein recalled, on Twitter, that he “first did a set at his club when I was 16 and hundreds after that in his many rooms for the next few years before moving to LA. Thanks, Scott.”

Some nice remembrances here, here and here.

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