Canadian comedian Nick Nemeroff has died at the age of 32, his family announced on social media on Monday.
Nemeroff began to find success in his native Canada, earning a nomination for the national Grammy equivalent as well as appearing on shows such as Conan in the US.
A statement on Nemeroff’s Instagram and Twitter accounts revealed the Montreal native’s untimely death.
“It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved brother Nick Nemeroff,” the family said in a statement. “Nick’s dedication to stand-up comedy has been enormous and has produced amazing results.”
Latest: Canadian comedian Nick Nemeroff’s family announced his tragic passing on social media on Monday.
Comedy photo with Nemerov, his mother and father, posted on Instagram in 2020.
Nemeroff’s family noted that the comedian “received acclaim in Canada and the US, becoming both a ‘comic book’ and a hit with a crowd enamored with his unique intonation, confused deadpan, and fresh take on misdirected comedy.”
“If Nick was on a comedy show, he was guaranteed to leave with new fans. And he deserved it, because comedy was, in many ways, his life.”
Nemerov’s family described him as “endlessly sweet”, “supportive of others” and “humble about his many skills and accomplishments”, adding that he “lived his life doing what he loved and that is how he will be remembered.”
The statement ended with the words, “Rest in peace, Nick. We love you.’
A statement on Nemeroff’s Instagram and Twitter accounts showed the comic’s untimely demise.
Grand Wave Entertainment, the company that operated Nemeroff, issued a statement to Canadian music and entertainment agency Exclaim! Monday after Nemerov’s death.
“We are very proud that Nick has grown to become one of Canada’s most popular and respected comedians,” the company said in a statement. “A truly devastating loss to the Toronto and Montreal comedy communities where he has developed and refined his unique performance and delivery style. We will miss Nick greatly and will remember him fondly.”
Nemeroff has appeared on Conan and Just for Laughs during his career; in 2020, he released his first stand-up album, The Pursuit of Comedy Has Ruined My Life, which was nominated for a Juno Award for Comedy Album of the Year last year.
Nemeroff attended the Royal Academy of the West in his native Montreal and graduated from the Toronto Metropolitan University, Exclaim! reported.
Speaking to the Toronto Guardian earlier this month, Nemeroff said his influences include comedians like Demetri Martin and Nathan Fielder, as well as late stars Mitch Hedberg and Norm Macdonald.
Nemeroff, pictured in 2018, has appeared on Conan and Just for Laughs during his career.
Nemeroff’s 2020 album The Pursuit of Comedy Has Ruined My Life was nominated for a Juno award last year for comedy album of the year.
On social networks, several friends and colleagues of Nemerov paid tribute to the memory of the late artist.
He said that his appearance on Conan in 2018 would “always be a life-changing event” for him, and that his favorite way to get involved in comedy was to “watch live stand-up”.
Nemeroff added, “There are a lot of great new ways to find comedians, but nothing beats seeing someone doing it live and in the moment. There are really so many fun and original stand-ups right now that it’s a good time to go see live performances and discover something new.”
On social networks, a number of Nemerov’s comedy colleagues paid tribute to his memory after the sad news.
Amanda Brooke Perrin wrote, “Love you friend” and Debra DiGiovanni said, “Totally heartbroken to hear of Nick’s passing.” I am very sorry for your loss.’
Caleb Heron called Nemeroff’s death “fucking heartbreaking,” adding, “I’m so sorry for all the people who loved him.”
He continued, “Nick and I only played a few gigs together, but I enjoyed meeting him and watching him perform. he was one of a kind.
Writer Maggie Serota said, “I’m so sorry to hear that,” and Sarah Hagi said, “What a huge loss. Everyone loved Nick so much.”
SNL cast member Sarah Sherman wrote that Nemeroff was “the funniest and sweetest guy”.
Comedian Jon Dore called the day “devastating for those who knew him”. Nick Nemeroff was a handsome man. My condolences to his family and to everyone in the comedy world.”
“I admired him very much,” he added.
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