Longtime comedian Paul Raley, who served as a writer for “Saturday Night Live” and executive story editor-producer for Brett Butler sitcom “Grace Under Fire,” died Saturday in Los Angeles, after suffering declining health in recent years. He was 71.
In the 1960s he left a career in advertising to write for David Letterman’s three-month daytime show before the host led latenight at NBC. In 1978 Raley moved to Los Angeles, where he performed standup and eventually became head writer for “D.C. Follies,” was a writer for “Saturday Night Live” and executive story editor-producer for “Grace Under Fire.” He also wrote a couple of episodes of “Night Court.”
Raley, a native of Pittsburgh, graduated from Duquesne University and started his career at Grey Advertising in New York City.
He is survived by his sister, Cathy Quinan.