O Captain! My Comedy Captain!



I don’t know where my life would have gone if the great Sheldon Patinkin had not walked into a small storefront theatre on Howard Street in Evanston — and took my silliness seriously. Sheldon didn’t just change my life. He changed generations of lives. I will miss him every damn day. But, in essential ways, he will always be with me. And he’ll be with Victoria and all of the thousands of creative people whose lives he touched.

87noteswsheldonaSheldon polished our routines, sharpened our satire, laughed when we needed a laugh — and always expected our best.

We worked to meet his expectations because he was Sheldon. And we did not want to disappoint him. His laughter was the coin of the realm.

Sheldon Patinkin was funny and wise and warm and the very best humanity has to offer.

And now he’s gone?

Sheldon would have something funny to say about this.

I am at a loss.

We’ll always love you, Sheldon. And we’ll never forget you.


Filed under Comedy, History, Improvisation

4 responses to “O Captain! My Comedy Captain!

  1. Peter Van Wagner

    I hoped/expected he would live forever. And in a way I know he will.

  2. Linda E.

    Such a loss. The kindest man.

  3. Herb Metzler

    My condolences to all of my PTC fellows who had the distinction to work so closely with him. He was truly a kind and generous soul.

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