Kevin Meaney

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Kevin Meaney (born April 23, 1957) is an American stand-up comedian and actor.


Meaney began his career in comedy in 1980. His "big break" into mainstream culture is considered to be his first HBO comedy special done in 1986, followed by his debut performance on The Tonight Show in 1987.[1] Since then, his act has been broadcast several times by HBO, Comedy Central and several network television stations with appearances on The Tonight Show, Late Night with David Letterman, Regis and Kathy Lee, The Oprah Winfrey Show and Conan.[2][3]

His most famous catchphrase is "That's not right!" delivered while doing an impression of his mother, which is followed by, and usually preceded by, her complaints and remonstrations. Typically, his acts consist of commentary about his family and complaints about hotel service. Often, Meaney closes his show with a rendition of the 1985 song "We Are The World" which includes comical impressions of the various singers who originally sang the song.[4] He is also well known for ending his performance with a few jokes that will intentionally not get a good response in order to follow them up with a song reminiscent of "I Don't Care" by Jean Lenox and Harry O. Sutton sung about how he doesn't care whether the audience laughs at his jokes.

Meaney has been involved in a number of television programs including Ned & Stacey, Dr. Katz, Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Garfield and Friends, Rocko's Modern Life, London Underground, and Duckman. He starred as the title character on the short-lived sitcom version of Uncle Buck.

He is also an accomplished singer and has written and produced songs for HBO and Comedy Central with his co-writer Martin Olson, with whom he has written several television series. He intermittently appears on The Jay Thomas Show as a co-host.

In 1996, he wrote and performed a one-man play titled Vegas Vows based loosely on his brief marriage to a woman he had just met.[5] In the 2000s, Meaney performed on Broadway in the musical Hairspray for seven years. He released a comedy album in 2004 titled That's Not Right.

Personal life[edit]

Meaney was born the third child of five in Valhalla, New York.

When he was 39 years old, he married a woman he had just met in Las Vegas. The marriage was annulled shortly afterwards.[2] He later married television executive Mary Ann Halford and they had one daughter.[1]

In 2002, Meaney was arrested at the San Francisco International Airport. After his wife set off a metal detector and lifted her shirt high enough to expose her bra, he reportedly got belligerent and was asked twice not to film the security operations of the terminal. A scuffle with police ensued.[6]

On XM Radio's Stand Up Sit Down on May 5, 2008, Meaney stated publicly that he is gay.[7] He explained that his time on Broadway was where he gained the courage to accept his homosexuality.[8] Soon after, he and his wife divorced.[1]


  • That's Not Right (2004)



  1. ^ a b c "Comic Kevin Meaney Shuts Door On His Closet Life". The Miami Herald. 2012-01-30. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  2. ^ a b Rusnak, Jeff (1996-03-22). "Kevin Meaney Turns Life's Mishaps Into His Shtick". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  3. ^ "Official Website Of Kevin Meaney". Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  4. ^ Wednesday, February 22, 2012 1:57 pm (2012-02-22). "Happy And He Knows It". Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  5. ^ Deffaa, Chip (1996-07-12). "A Veiled Threat". Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  6. ^ Henry K. Lee (2002-03-05). "Security No Joke For Comic Arrested At SFO". Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  7. ^ "Kevin Meany Biography". 2008-05-28. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  8. ^ "Joy Behar Show Aired November 24, 2009". Retrieved 2013-12-05. 

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