Trevor Moore, Co-Founder of ‘Whitest Kids U’Know’ Comedy Show, Dies at 41
Trevor Moore, comedian and co-founder of the popular sketch comedy show “The Whitest Kids U’Know”, which appeared on the Independent Film Channel, died in Los Angeles on Saturday. He was 41 years old.
His death was confirmed by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner, who said Mr. Moore died in a courtyard of a residential building in the city’s Franklin Hills neighborhood, the same building where public records showed that he had lived.
Mr Moore was killed in an accident, according to a statement from his wife, Aimee Carlson, which was released by his manager, Kara Welker. The statement did not provide details of the crash and Ms Welker said she had no further information. The medical examiner said a cause of death would be determined after an autopsy.
Mr. Moore released a solo comedy album, “Drunk Texts to Myself”; hosted a one-hour special on Comedy Central; and co-directed, co-wrote and starred in the films “Miss March” (2009) and “The Civil War on Drugs” (2011).
But he is best known for his work on “Whitest Kids U’Know”, which spanned five seasons from 2007. Crazy and ironic, he has at times sought to laugh at thorny issues like police brutality, the war on crime. drugs and student debt.
Last year, a writer for the Salon website said the show “oddly anticipated the Trump era.” Other times, the show has turned into the absurd. After he stopped broadcasting, he developed an online following and his YouTube channel has more than 100 million views in total.
Mr. Moore often rooted his comedy in terrain his audiences could recognize – a park with an old friend, a modern White House press conference – and injected into each storyline a dizzying amount of madness and humor.
In a memorable skit, a White House press secretary reveals more and more details about an unlikely turn of events on a secret US space station on the moon that has been taken over by bears.
“We believe they may be involved in some sort of intergalatic drug cartel, possibly affiliated with one of the interstellar wizarding alliances,” the press secretary said. Stunned journalists try to absorb the shocking news when one finally asks, “You don’t envy Iran today, do you?” The press secretary pauses, then smiles wryly and says, “You got me. “
In 2019, Mr. Moore brought his idiosyncratic sensibility to the talk show format and began hosting “The Trevor Moore Show” on Comedy Central. Its first episodes had titles like “Achieving World Peace with the Flat Earth Theory” and “Why is Everyone So Excited All the Time?” “
“You see, the worst part about death,” Mr. Moore said on the June show, “is that you don’t hear all the good things said about yourself after you leave.”
Born April 4, 1980 in Montclair, NJ, Mr. Moore was raised in Charlottesville, Virginia, by his parents, Mickey and Becki Moore, popular Christian rock singers, according to Vanity Fair and the IMDb website.
At age 16, Mr. Moore began creating weekly cartoons for local newspapers in Virginia, and by age 19, he had written and produced a weekly comedy show, “The Trevor Moore Show,” for Channels. local television, according to IMDb.
Mr. Moore graduated in Film from the School of Visual Arts in New York. In 2010, he married Mrs. Carlson. Besides his wife and parents, Mr. Moore is survived by a 3-year-old son, August. He is also survived by a sister, Lila Haile.
The news of Mr. Moore’s death sparked a wave of praise for the comedian from his collaborators and admirers.
On Instagram, comedian James Adomian from “Comedy Bang! Snap! ”Said Mr. Moore“ was a magnetic friend to all, who thought everything was overwhelmingly hilarious no matter how scary or desperate he was – that sardonic gallows humor was a beacon and guide for me and a lot. others in dark times. “
Referring to two sketch comedy shows with strong cult following, David Gallaher, who has written for Marvel and DC Comics, said on twitter that Mr. Moore “blended the BEST of The State and Kids In The Hall to create something beautiful, subversive and contemporary”.
Neil Vigdor contributed reporting and Kitty Bennett researched.
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