Hal Goodman, an award-winning comedy writer who wrote monologues for Johnny Carson, Flip Wilson, Jack Benny and a young Bob Hope, died of cancer Sept. 3 at his Los Angeles home. He was 82.
Along with longtime partner Larry Klein, Goodman was nominated for eight Emmys and won twice, for episodes of “The Jack Benny Show” in 1959 and “The Flip Wilson Show” in 1971.
He met Carson in 1953 when the future host of “The Tonight Show” first arrived in Los Angeles. Goodman by then was a veteran Hope writer.
Over the years, Goodman also worked with Milton Berle, Frank Sinatra, Steve Allen, Imogene Coca, Carol Burnett, Jackie Gleason, David Letterman and others.
Survivors include his wife, Natalie, two daughters and a brother.
Donations may be made on Goodman’s behalf to Amnesty Intl., Venice Family and KCET.