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Name  Joe Bodolai

Role  Film producer
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Born  May 11, 1948 (1948-05-11) Youngstown, Ohio, United States
Occupation  Film and television producer, writer
Known for  Co-founder of The Comedy Network
Died  December 26, 2011, Los Angeles, California, United States
Awards  Gemini Award for Best Variety Series
Nominations  Gemini Award for Best Writing in a Comedy or Variety Program or Series
Similar People  Kenny Robinson, Mark Farrell, Sandra Faire, Martin Short, Elvira Kurt

Joe Bodolai (May 11, 1948 – December 26, 2011) was an American film and television producer and writer.

Born and raised in the United States, Bodolai was opposed to the Vietnam War and moved to Canada in order to avoid being drafted. He moved back to the United States in 1981 to write for twenty episodes of Saturday Night Live before returning to Canada.

He is best known for producing such television shows as It's Only Rock & Roll, Comics!, and The Kids in the Hall and helping to launch the careers of the young talent featured on those shows. He also co-wrote the first draft of the film Wayne's World with Mike Myers.

Bodolai was a founder of The Comedy Network, helping the new channel secure its licence from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission in 1996, and expected to be named the new channel's head by its owners. He was disappointed when he was not hired and decided to return permanently to the United States.

Bodolai was found dead on December 26, 2011 in a Hollywood hotel room of an apparent suicide; he was 63. No suicide note was found, though on December 23 a long post was added to his blog, entitled "If this were your last day alive what would you do?"

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Joe Bodolai Wikipedia


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