RIP to The Superb Johnathan. Watching The Superb Jonathan carry out was my earliest reminiscence of considering ‘I wish to make folks snort additionally’ Go watch a few of his comedy magic right this moment.
John Edward Szeles (September 9, 1958 – February 22, 2022), higher identified by his stage title The Superb Johnathan, was an American humorist and magician. His performances consist largely of hijinks, interactions with particular audiences, and a few reliable magic. He was a Las Vegas headliner all 12 months from 2001 to 2014.
Szeles, the self-proclaimed “Freddy Kruger of comedy,” performs along with his ubiquitous headband, and his exhibits typically use blood; for instance, pretending to suck his drooping eyeballs, severing his wrists, and piercing his personal tongue. He’s additionally a very good buddy to actor Chris Angel and has helped Angel notice his varied fantasies, most notably his three cameos on Mindfreak.
Szeles began his profession as a San Francisco road performer, made his tv debut in 1983 on the eighth Annual Younger Comedians Present, and later grew to become the host of the short-lived selection/recreation present Ruckus in 1991, showing on quite a lot of discuss exhibits and selection exhibits starting from Nineteen Eighties to mid-2000s. His solely identified performing achievement was The Compulsory Vacation Episode on The Bizarre Al Present (by which he performed the position of Uncle Jonathan).
He has made a number of late-night appearances with David Letterman, made a file 24 appearances on Fox’s Comedian Strip Dwell, and has a number of Comedy Central specials, together with Comedy Central Presents, Lounge Lizards and He just lately made his personal hour-long particular on “Each Mistake on the Stage.” He devoted the particular to his uncle Eugene, who confirmed him his first card trick, “that began all of it “. He appeared within the 2005 documentary “Nobles”.
Jonathan achieved success in Australia and have become a family title for his quite a few appearances on Channel 9’s “Hey Saturday”.
Szeles additionally authored a prank information known as Each Trick within the E book, which brings collectively basic pranks and easy magic methods, in addition to his personal authentic materials in each classes. As of 2014, he has accomplished a memoir known as Drive It Like You Stole It. Nonetheless, since his demise, it’s unclear whether or not the memoir has been accomplished, or if it might be printed in some type at a later date.