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Mr. Winters was at his best when winging it, confounding television hosts and luckless straight men with his rapid-fire delivery of bizarre observations uttered by characters like Elwood P. Suggins, a Midwestern Everyman, or one-off creations like the woodland sprite who bounded onto Jack Paar's late-night show and simperingly proclaimed: "I'm the voice of spring. I bring you little goodies from the forest."

A one-man sketch factory, Mr. Winters could re-enact Hollywood movies, complete with sound effects, or create sublime comic nonsense with simple props like a pen-and-pencil set. - [NY Times]

Comedian and improv legend Jonathan Winters died last night (4/11) at his home in Monteceto, CA. He was 87. A few clips of his still-hilarious comic mind are below. Rest in peace, Jonanthan.

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Jonathan Winters on Jack Paar, 1964

Jonathan Winters on Johnny Carson roast

Jonathan Winters As An Airline Pilot

Jonathan Winters in The Loved One