Vic Henley Remembered by Comedians Friends and Family

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According to social media posts from family members, comedian Vic Henley died suddenly today, Monday April 6, after suffering a pulmonary embolism over the weekend.  The news shocked comedians around the country. Everyone loved Vic. He was not only great on stage, he was a phenomenal storyteller and a fantastic radio guest and really fun to be around. It was well known that could talk endlessly about just about any topic, and go deep.  He toured with Ron White, had a giant list of comedians who called him a friend, and was welcome everywhere.

He was a great comic, who toured endlessly, at hundreds of colleges, dozens of festivals, comedy clubs all over the country, and he received 8 Comedian of the Year nominations.

Alabama born and raised, New York City living by choice, Vic has appeared on just about every stand-up comedy show on television. He was a VH-1 VJ and has his own Comedy Central half hour special as well as performances on The Late Show and The Tonight Show, HBO, CBS, NBC, FOX, BRAVO, CMT, MTV, A&E, The History Channel, the Borat Movie, and he was a beloved guest on SiriusXM radio shows like Bennington, Opie Radio, and before that the Opie and Anthony Show.  The news is devastating, even moreso coming so soon after the passing of Henley’s good friend and fellow Opie Radio podcast co-regular, Carl Ruiz.

Vic has a brand new album out, released just weeks ago (or as he called it to us, “a new thang coming out”) titled “Hell is Real.” He was recently out promoting it, in fact the photo above was taken while Vic was excited to be back at SiriusXM promoting the new album on the Bennington Show. You’ll want to pick that up if you haven’t already.

Read what a nation of self quarantined comedians, family and friends are saying about him, there’s a lot of love and hurt. These are just beginning, more to come, we will add as they come in.

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Numb. R I P @vichenley A great comic. Loved doing radio with him but loved even more our friendship. The long hilarious, knowledgeable phone calls. The long walks home after doing the radio show ending in the middle of Central Park where I would turn left and he'd turn right. As we parted he would shout, "you're not suppose to make new friends at our age." Always happy, rarely sad. Never had a bad word to say about anyone. His laugh/giggle was so contagious which you wanted to be around. Music knowledge second to none. Fun to try to stump him which was almost impossible. Bring up any topic and he had a wealth of knowledge on it. Learned something interesting everytime I was in his presence. A great hilarious storyteller. Just an incredible loss to his family, friends and the comedy community. The world is less loveable today. Thanks so much for your friendship my brother.

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Always loved doing radio with Vic Henley. He had a gigantic lust for life and could talk deeply about any subject. Vic Henley read ALL of the newspaper. Condolences to all of Vics family and friends who loved him. Know that Vic loved you too and spoke fondly of everyone in his life.  @vichenley #vichenley . . . Here’s Opie’s Eulogy to Vic, it’s right on the mark. @opieradio . . A great comic. Loved doing radio with him but loved even more our friendship. The long hilarious, knowledgeable phone calls. The long walks home after doing the radio show ending in the middle of Central Park where I would turn left and he'd turn right. As we parted he would shout, "you're not suppose to make new friends at our age." Always happy, rarely sad. Never had a bad word to say about anyone. His laugh/giggle was so contagious which you wanted to be around. Music knowledge second to none. Fun to try to stump him which was almost impossible. Bring up any topic and he had a wealth of knowledge on it. Learned something interesting everytime I was in his presence. A great hilarious storyteller. Just an incredible loss to his family, friends and the comedy community. The world is less loveable today. Thanks so much for your friendship my brother.

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Rest In Peace Vic Henley

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