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Lewis Black on how Jonathan Winters inspired scores of comedians




This undated file image shows comedian and actor Jonathan Winters. Winters, whose breakneck improvisations inspired Robin Williams, Jim Carrey and many others, died Thursday, April 11, 2013, at his Montecito, Calif., home of natural causes. He was 87.
This undated file image shows comedian and actor Jonathan Winters. Winters, whose breakneck improvisations inspired Robin Williams, Jim Carrey and many others, died Thursday, April 11, 2013, at his Montecito, Calif., home of natural causes. He was 87.
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This undated file image shows comedian and actor Jonathan Winters. Winters, whose breakneck improvisations inspired Robin Williams, Jim Carrey and many others, died Thursday, April 11, 2013, at his Montecito, Calif., home of natural causes. He was 87.
Actor Jonathan Winters arrives at The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science's "The Last 70mm Film Festival" Screening Of "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" at AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater on July 9, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California.
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Comedian Jonathan Winters, whose improvisational style inspired Robin Williams, Jim Carrey and many others, has died at age 87. Winters passed away last night at his home in Montecito of natural causes.  

Winters appeared in nearly 50 films and television shows. Notable ones include his roles in the original "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World":

and the 80's classic "Mork and Mindy."



For more on the life and work of Jonathan Winters, we're joined now by fellow comedian Lewis Black, who's currently on tour.