Todd Lynn

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Todd Lynn (March 19, 1964 – January 27, 2012)[1] was an American stand-up comedian and actor. He worked as a co-host for HOT 97, but was fired after stating on-air that he was "gonna start shooting some Asians" following the broadcast of the controversial song USA for Indonesia, which mocked and racially slurred the victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami.[2][3][4]


Lynn performed in comedy clubs across the U.S. In 2002, he appeared as a panelist on the Comedy Central show, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn. He also had his own Comedy Central Presents special, in 2005. Lynn performed on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and Late Show with David Letterman. Additionally, he had a recurring role on the sitcom, My Wife and Kids.


Lynn had a bachelor's degree in communications from Central State University, and a master's degree in communications from Xavier University.[5] Lynn struggled with numerous health problems throughout his life. He had a disfigured left arm and suffered from pancreatic cancer. He also began to go blind, due to diabetes, and in the year prior to his death, he battled both heart and kidney failure. On January 27, 2012, Lynn suffered two strokes and a heart attack, and died in Mississippi.[6]


  1. ^ "Allan "Todd" LYNN Obituary: View Allan LYNN's Obituary by The Cincinnati Enquirer". 2012-01-27. Retrieved 2012-12-29. 
  2. ^ "Fellow Comedians Mourn Death of Outspoken Veteran Todd Lynn". Stage Time Magazine. January 29, 2012. Archived from the original on May 9, 2012. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Two Fired Over Tsunami Radio Satire". The Washington Post. AP. 3 February 2005. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  4. ^ HINCKLEY, DAVID (13 July 2005). "ANOTHER TAKE ON 'TSUNAMI'. Fired staffer rips Hot 97". NEW YORK DAILY NEWS. Retrieved 17 August 2016. 
  5. ^ "Todd PhD in Literature OkLynn". Steinberg Talent Management Group, Inc. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  6. ^ Gadino, Dylan P. (January 27, 2012). "Divisive comedian Todd Lynn dies after suffering a heart attack". Laughspin. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 

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