Mal Sharpe is confirmed dead at the age of 83.
Mal was best known as a American television and radio personality.
Death was likely due to complications from heart surgery.
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Sad to read about Mal Sharpe passing away. I had the opportunity to spend time with him a few years ago. A really w…
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RT @JesseThorn: One of @MaxFunHQ’s original hosts, Mal Sharpe of Coyle & Sharpe, passed away this week. I will always be grateful t…
RT @snaile: RIP Mal Sharpe, hilarious and beloved San Franciscan. Do yourself a favor and listen to one of the best man on the…
RT @tedgioia: Mal Sharpe was a jazz lover and deejay, and also one of the underrated comic masterminds of modern times—his “man i…
RT @tedgioia: Mal Sharpe was a jazz lover and deejay, and also one of the underrated comic masterminds of modern times—his “man i…
RT @JesseThorn: Mal Sharpe and Jim Coyle in the mid 1960s. They did 18 hours a week of material. Can you imagine?
RIP Mal Sharpe, hilarious and beloved San Franciscan. Do yourself a favor and listen to one of the best man on the…
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I struck up a brief correspondence with Mal Sharpe many years ago. He couldn’t have been more gracious to this cur…
RT @KPIXtv: #RIP Legendary #BayArea television personality, comic and musician #MalSharpe dies at age 83
RT @JesseThorn: One of @MaxFunHQ’s original hosts, Mal Sharpe of Coyle & Sharpe, passed away this week. I will always be grateful t…
RT @JesseThorn: One of @MaxFunHQ’s original hosts, Mal Sharpe of Coyle & Sharpe, passed away this week. I will always be grateful t…
@JesseThorn Oh no! I’m grateful to you for sharing Coyle & Sharpe with us.❤️ Mal seemed like a sweet guy and a great San Franciscan.
RT @JesseThorn: One of @MaxFunHQ’s original hosts, Mal Sharpe of Coyle & Sharpe, passed away this week. I will always be grateful t…
RT @joenewsman: Mal Sharpe, jazz band leader, radio and TV personality, comedian and larger-than-life San Francisco legend, has die…
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RT @JesseThorn: One of @MaxFunHQ’s original hosts, Mal Sharpe of Coyle & Sharpe, passed away this week. I will always be grateful t…
Mal Sharpe
Born1936
DiedMarch 10, 2020(2020-03-10) (aged 83–84)
OccupationRadio Host, Comedian
EmployerKGO
Malcolm Sharpe (1936 - March 10, 2020) was a American television and radio personality with roots in San Francisco, California.
In the early 1960s, Sharpe collaborated with Jim Coyle to create a series of comic on-the-street interviews for San Francisco radio station KGO. Armed with a tape recorder, Coyle and Sharpe confronted pedestrians with unusual questions or strange behavior. In a 1964 interview with Newsweek magazine, Sharpe explained "We try to pose an almost plausible question, then proceed step by step into absurdity until the interviewee is seething."
After four years of recording short skits for KGO, Coyle and Sharpe recorded a hidden camera television pilot in 1964 called The Imposters with host George Fenneman but it remained unsold and was never aired in full. A 2007 four disc box set of 1960s material titled These 2 Men Are Impostors contains The Imposters pilot in addition to KGO radio recordings and previously unreleased pranks.
Along with Coyle, he also recorded two comedy albums of street pranks in 1964 for the Warner Brothers record label. As a solo performer, he later released two albums.
In 1971, Sharpe continued as a solo interviewer with a syndicated TV series titled The Street People. In the 1980s he hosted a series of public television specials titled Mal Sharpe's San Franciscowhich included a mixture of new material and older clips.
Sharpe resided in Berkeley, California with his wife. He hosted a jazz show, Back on Basin Street, from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m. Sunday Pacific Time on KCSM at the College of San Mateo in California. The final Back on Basin Street was aired on Sunday, March 25th, 2012.
Mal Sharpe died in early March, 2020.
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