Monday, April 7, 2014

John Pinette: So Funny, but not today

John Pinette died yesterday. He was a talented actor, stage performer and stand up comedian. His routine "Feed Me, I'm Starving," is hysterical. Much of his stand up work was based on his love of food, awareness of his large body size and his disdain for slow moving buffet lines. To quote the man himself.

"Why are there incredibly long lines at buffets? At a buffet you serve yourself. You grab and move, grab and move . . . and then repeat the process over and over again. 
You know what makes buffet lines so long? Skinny people! They don't move. Skinny people look at the food and talk about it and try to make up their minds if they want to take some or not."

I was going to see him last year in October but the show was cancelled. He went into treatment for an addiction to pain killers. (a binge is a binge is a binge). I love his routines on Halloween candy, the Disney World in August, Italian food, Chinese food, Japanese food, France, Scotland, and Las Vegas. If you never heard them you should go over to You Tube or iTunes and watch/listen. He was very funny. His routines are still funny.

What is not funny is that the very subjects that made him funny are what ultimately lead to his death. His doctor said he suffered from heart and liver disease. No autopsy is being done. He was 52 this year.

I am so sorry he will never reach the point where he does a brilliant routine on loose skin, passing the buffet for the salad bar or the love/hate relationship with his exercise plan. If he had ever found a healthy solution for his morbid obesity he could have been even funnier. I wish he could have experienced that.

Rest in peace, John. May you find harmony with the skinny people in heaven.



Norma said...

He's from Boston and went to a rival high school of mine. Saw him for the first time on a local cable access TV comedy show when I was about 14...he was hysterical. There was a piece about him on the website yesterday and a lot of commenters asked why the article opened with "The chubby local comic" -- well, his entire act was pretty much based on his weight. He worked it for laughs, same as Louie Anderson used to. With years comes the realization that this is a defense mechanism (the young actress Rebel Wilson comes to mind; in some performance her character refers to herself as "Fat Amy," so that the "skinny" girls can't give her that moniker as she's already given it to herself). Gabourey Sidibe, though not known as a comedienne, also comes to mind as treading in dangerous waters as someone who "owns" her obesity (rumored to be around 400 pounds). "Ownership" of one's obesity is a troubling concept to me. Using it as a constant source of humor is, as well.

Vickie said...
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Anonymous said...

I enjoyed him so much and was looking forward to seeing him in person in June.

He had had some surgeries in the last few months and lost quite a bit of weight.

Jane Cartelli said...

Vicky, I went to publish your comment and I accidentally hit the wrong button and deleted it. Can you please send it again.

Vickie said...

Norma's comment was not yet published when I left mine. I pretty much said the same thing as her last two lines. I can't watch fat based humor. Humor based on trying to get rid of the fat, maybe. But drowning in the habits of obesity, no. It is just too sad. I can't watch anything with Melissa McCarthy, for me, it is like watching an addict with track marks up and down both arms and between her toes.

Anonymous said...

He died AFTER losing a massive amount of weight. What went wrong?

Jane Cartelli said...

I don't know how he lost the weight and if it was a healthy way or not. I don't know how much damage he had already done to his liver and heart.

You don't clog your arteries for 50 years and expect weight loss to take away the damage already done.