Monday, January 8, 2024

Brian McConnachie 1942-2024

From Patreon.

It's with great sadness that I must announce the death of friend and colleague Brian McConnachie last Friday morning. 

In addition to being the Founder of The Bystander back in 1981, Brian was essential in its relaunch in 2015. 

Every day, on every page, he has been our North Star.

From his days at The National Lampoon, Brian was "every comedy writer's favorite comedy writer," crafting an unmistakable one-of-a-kind laid-back eccentricity that inspired generations. 

He is the only person I know who wrote for the Holy Trinity of Seventies Comedy—National Lampoon, SNL, and SCTV. 

This speaks to not only his writing talent, but his bonhomie and ability to be a good friend. 

Brian was never one to toot his own horn—and sometimes would avoid doing so, to a maddening degree—but since he's not here, we should all toot it loudly.

Brian McConnachie was loved by so many, and admired by so many more. 

Alan Goldberg and I were deeply grateful to have him as a friend and partner. 

Brian McConnachie will be missed; there will not be another.

A memorial in NYC is planned for the Spring. 

Michael Gerber

PS—I am putting together a book of Brian's work, his last request to me, and you all should receive that next month. Things are a little crazy here right now, but work is being done as best as we are able.


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