By Stephanie McKinny
Sigh. Everyone’s favorite comedic actor, who made you pee yourself at least a dozen times in your lifetime with the straightest of faces, passed away yesterday at the age of 84 due to complications from pneumonia. How Leslie Nielsen managed to make everyone else laugh without cracking himself up is beyond me. That type of comedic genius is one that’s unique, recognizable and therefore memorable; it’s just not something every comedian or actor has today. Nielsen was a one-of-a-kind guy, with a one-of-a-kind sense of humor, all the while acting like he didn’t know the meaning of the word. I have to say, it’s a little bit of a scary feeling when legends that we all grew up with pass away. It’s the fear of being left with the garbage “entertainment” that’s thrown at us today, mixed with the sadness and finality of a talent passed. While it’s true that all good things must come to an end – even the really, really good things like Airplane!, Dracula: Dead and Loving It and The Naked Gun – it never gets any easier to say goodbye to someone who feels like an old friend. Most of the younger generations may not feel the same way, but if you were one of the lucky ones to have grown up watching such belly-laugh inducers as Leslie, you understand. I guess for today’s generation it’s the Jackass stunts, and for that you have my deepest condolences; it’s just not the same. Every once in a while, the entertainment industry loses a talent so rare that you just know there won’t ever be anyone quite the same again. That was Leslie Nielsen. Thanks for all the laughs, Shirley.