Who Died Today: Pigmeat Markham
DOB: April 18, 1904
Passed Away: December 13, 1981
You probably haven’t heard of him. Dewey “Pigmeat” Markham was a comedian who started off on the vaudeville circuit, known mostly for his appearances on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. He played quite often at the famous Apollo Theatre, sometimes - believe it or not - in blackface make-up - which while common at the time - was not common for a black comedian (which was the whole point). The thing he’s most famous for is his “Heyeah comes the judge” routine, which you’ve heard at some point in your lives. The main reason you should know him, he asked people to refer to him as Pigmeat, that has to earn him some kind of weird respect.