SiriusXM honors stand-up comedy legend Louie Anderson, dead at 68

Remember Anderson’s life, legacy and timeless comedy with a March 2021 conversation and on-air tributes.

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SiriusXM Editor
January 21, 2022

Comedian, actor, Emmy Award winner, author, and game show host Louie Anderson died this morning due to complications from blood cancer after being hospitalized in Las Vegas earlier this week for treatments. He was 68 years old.

Anderson, born in St. Paul, MN, made his network comedy debut in 1984 on The Tonight Show. In the years since, he went on to have roles in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Coming to America (and later Coming 2 America this past spring), The Wrong Guys, The Jim Henson Hour, Life with Louie (which earned him two Daytime Emmy Awards), Search Party and many more. In 2016, Anderson co-starred in Baskets as Christine Baskets, mother to Chip and Dale, both played by Zach Galifianakis; he won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. Anderson also had a fruitful career as a game show host on Family Feud, where he notably organized a 9/11 tribute week between the NYPD and FDNY to raise money for relevant recovery charities. He has often been praised for his unique stand-up style combining impeccable comedic timing with his Midwest sensibilities.

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To pay tribute to the legendary funnyman, scroll to see the special on-air honors schedule (all times ET) across SiriusXM comedy channels and revisit a March 2021 conversation between Anderson, Tom Papa and Fortune Feimster for What a Joke with Papa and Fortune below.

Additionally, revisit Ron Bennington’s memorable discussion with Anderson during an episode of Unmasked on Faction Talk here.

Louie Anderson Tribute Specials

Jeff & Larry’s Comedy Roundup

A Comic Mind with Louie Anderson, hosted By Jeff Foxworthy

January 21 at 9pm

January 22 at 3pm

January 23 at 10am

Raw Dog Comedy

Best of Louie Anderson, UnMasked with Ron Bennington and Comedy Locked Down: A Year in Quarantine

 January 21 at 5pm

January 22 at 6pm

January 23 at 8am

Comedy Greats

Best of Louie Anderson, UnMasked with Ron Bennington and Comedy Locked Down: A Year in Quarantine

 January 21 at 2pm

January 22 at 8am

January 23 at 10am

Laugh USA

Louie Anderson Comedy Block

January 21 at 5pm and 10pm

January 22 at 9am, 12pm and 8pm

January 23 at 10am, 4pm and 7pm 

Comedy Central

This is Not Happening with Louie Anderson

January 21 at 6pm and 9pm