Canadian comedian Nick Nemeroff has passed away at the age of 32, his family announced on social media Monday.
Nemeroff had begun to make it big in his native Canada, getting nominated for the country’s equivalent of a Grammy, while making appearances on shows like Conan in the US.
A statement on Nemeroff’s Instagram and Twitter accounts revealed the Montreal native’s premature passing.
‘It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved brother Nick Nemeroff,’ the family said in the statement. ‘Nick’s dedication to standup comedy was formidable, and produced amazing results.’
The latest: The family of Canadian comedian Nick Nemeroff announced his tragic passing on social media Monday
A comedic photo with Nemeroff and his mother and father posted on Instagram in 2020
Nemeroff’s family noted that the comedian ‘drew acclaim in Canada and the US, becoming both a “comic’s comic” and a hit with crowds who were enamored by his unique cadence, labyrinthine deadpan, and fresh take on misdirection-driven comedy.
‘If Nick was on a comedy show, he was guaranteed to leave with new fans. And he deserved to, because comedy was, in many ways, his life.’
Nemeroff’s family described him as ‘endlessly sweet,’ ‘supportive of others,’ and ‘humble about his many skills and achievements,’ adding that he ‘lived his life doing what he loved, and that is how he will be remembered.’
The statement concluded in saying, ‘RIP Nick. We love you.’
A statement on the Nemeroff’s Instagram and Twitter accounts revealed the comic’s premature passing
Grand Wave Entertainment, the company which managed Nemeroff, issued a statement to the Canadian music and entertainment Exclaim! Monday in the wake of Nemeroff’s death.
‘We have been so proud to watch Nick grow in to one of Canada’s most popular and respected comedians,’ the company said in a statement. ‘Truly a devastating loss to the Toronto and Montreal comedy communities, where he developed and perfected his unique performance and delivery style. Nick will be sorely missed, and fondly remembered.’
Nemeroff had made appearances on Conan and Just for Laughs in his career; in 2020, he released his first standup album, The Pursuit of Comedy Has Ruined My Life, which was nominated for a Juno Award last year for Comedy Album of the Year.
Nemeroff had attended Royal West Academy in his native Montreal, and graduated from Toronto Metropolitan University, Exclaim! reported.
Chatting with Toronto Guardian earlier this month, Nemeroff said he was influenced by comedians including Demetri Martin and Nathan Fielder, as well as late stars Mitch Hedberg and Norm Macdonald.
Nemeroff, pictured in 2018, had made appearances on Conan and Just for Laughs in 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
Across social media, a number of Nemeroff’s friends and colleagues paid memorial to the late entertainer
He said his 2018 appearance on Conan would ‘always be a major life highlight’ for him, and that his favorite way of partaking in comedy was ‘watching live stand-up.’
Nemeroff added: ‘There are a lot of great new ways to find comedians but nothing compares to getting to see someone do it live and in the moment. There are truly so many hilarious and original stand-ups out there right now so it’s a great time to go see live shows and discover.’
Across social media, a number of Nemeroff’s comedy colleagues paid memorial to him in the wake of the sad news.
Amanda Brooke Perrin wrote, ‘Love you friend,’ while Debra DiGiovanni said, ‘Completely heartbroken to hear of Nick’s passing. I am so sorry for your loss.’
Caleb Hearon called Nemeroff’s death ‘f***ing heartbreaking,’ adding, ‘so sorry to all of the people who loved him.’
He continued: ‘nick and i only did a few shows together but i loved running into him & watching him perform. he was one of a kind.’
Writer Maggie Serota said, ‘I’m so sorry to hear this,’ while Sarah Hagi said, ‘What an enormous loss. Nick was so beloved by all.’
SNL cast member Sarah Sherman wrote that Nemeroff was ‘the funniest and sweetest guy.’
Comic Jon Dore called it ‘a devastating day for those who knew him. Nick Nemeroff was a beautiful man. My condolences to his family and everyone in the comedy world.’
‘I admired him greatly,’ he added.