The Codgers of Comedy: Several Comedians Who Lived into their 90s and Beyond

It’s Senior Citizens Day, a fitting time I think to briefly examine a peculiar phenomenon I have long observed: the longevity of comedians. Something about being in the laugh business (and in many cases cigar smoking, scotch drinking, and eating pastrami sandwiches) is clearly conducive to a long life. And that has only been increasing. When I was a kid, I thought Chaplin and Groucho (at 88 and 87 respectively) were old when they passed away. Today, that’s nothing, it seems like everybody lives to those ages. Here are some notable Mirth-Making Methusalahs and the ages they reached (some are still with us). Just click on links to learn more about each comedian!:

Professor Irwin Corey (1914-2017): 102

Bob Hope (1903-2003): 100

George Burns (1896-1996): 100

Alan Young (1919-2016): 96

Carl Reiner (b. 1922) : 95

Phyllis Diller (1917-2012): 95

Marty Allen (b. 1922) : 95

Larry Storch (b. 1923): 94

Milton Berle (1908-2002): 93

Jack Carter (1922-2015): 93

Bob Elliott (1923-2016): 92

Bill Dana (1924-2017): 92


Shelley Berman (1925-2017): 92

Sid Caesar (1922-2014): 91

Jerry Lewis (1926-2017): 91

Mel Brooks (b. 1926): 91

Dick Van Dyke (b. 1925): 91 

Don Rickles (1926-2017): 90 




  1. It is true…laughter is the best medicine😊 I never knew laughing was this effective on so many comedians. I wish Robin Williams could have been in their numbers. I have to come back a read up on a few of these funny people. Rose Marie (91) from Dick Van Dyke show is on Twitter, along with Carl Reiner. Although Reiner tweets his concerns about the depressing Trump administration, they are still making jokes. I did not know Marty Allen and Larry Storch were still alive, Wow!


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