Comedian Nick Nemeroff has died aged 32.
“It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved brother,” Nemeroff’s family announced on Instagram. “Nick’s dedication to standup comedy was formidable, and produced amazing results.
“He drew acclaim in Canada and the US, becoming both a ‘comic’s comic’ and a hit with crowds who were enamoured 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.”
The Nemeroff family concluded their message by writing: “Nick lived his life doing what he loved, and that is how he will be remembered.”
The comedian died on Monday (27 June). The cause of his death has not been revealed.
Nemeroff was famous for his 2020 comedy album The Pursuit of Comedy Has Ruined My Life, which was a Juno Award nominee for Comedy Album of the Year in 2021.
In 2022, he also appeared in the CBC Gem web series The New Wave of Standup, and in two episodes of Roast Battle Canada.
Many people from the industry have paid tribute to the late comedian.
Comedian Caleb Hearon wrote: “F***ing heartbreaking. So sorry to all of the people who loved him. Nick and I only did a few shows together but I loved running into him and watching him perform. He was one of a kind.”
Podcaster Joel Edmiston added: “Nick Nemeroff was the best of us, the king, the funniest guy, a great friend. I loved him so much and I will miss him forever.”
We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Nick Nemeroff. His passing represents a profound loss to the Canadian comedy community, and our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time. He was a beloved member of the Just For Laughs family and will be truly missed. pic.twitter.com/5LhBF5otR4
— Just For Laughs (@justforlaughs) June 28, 2022
Jon Dore wrote: “It’s 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.”
Another one of Nemeroff’s friends added: “It’s been a really hard day. @nicknemeroff was one of the kindest people I’ve ever met and one of funniest comics period. Thanks for the memories, the laughs, and the friendship. It’s really hard to process this.”
Comedian Matt O’Brien wrote: “This is incredibly sad news @nicknemeroff was so original, kind, and so funny. I can’t believe this. please look up his clips and listen to his album there won’t ever be another like him.”
Nemeroff was originally from Montreal, Quebec. He appeared on Conan and on The Comedy Network‘s 2018 Homegrown Comics special, and has performed at Just for Laughs, the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, and the Halifax Comedy Festival.
He was a Canadian Comedy Award nominee for Best Breakout Artist at the 18th Canadian Comedy Awards in 2018.