Inveterate prankster, humorist and ’60s counterculture figure Paul Krassner, maybe best known as a co-founder of the Yippies, passed on Sunday in Desert Hot Springs, Calif. He was 87.
His daughter, Holly Krassner Dawson, affirmed his passing to the Associated Press. She said he had recently progressed from hospice yet did not name the ailment.
Krassner was born in New York City on April 9, 1932, as per Variety. A tyke wonder on violin, he originally wanted to be a musician. Be that as it may, journalism and activism called.
His eclectic career would proceed to incorporate stand-up comedy, chronicling his utilization of hallucinogens – he did acid with Groucho Marx, among different celebrities – and establishing a political satire magazine, The Realist, starting in 1958 and going on until the 1980s, Variety said.
He co-founded the Yippees (the abbreviation for the Youth International Party) with a few different activists in 1967, among them Abbie and Anita Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Phil Ochs, Ed Sanders, Bob Fass, Stewart Albert, Nancy Kurshan and Keith Lampe, as per Variety. Among their comical political antics cum articulations were setting up a pig as presidential candidate, and “attempting to levitate the White House,” Variety said.
The group was likewise key in the shows at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in 1968, however he was not arrested.
While huge numbers of his contemporary activists faded into obscurity, Krassner “constantly reinvented himself, becoming a public speaker, freelance writer, stand-up comedian, celebrity interviewer and author of nearly a dozen books,” AP said.
Tributes poured in for the so-called radical activist who inspired many.
“RIP the satirical genius Paul Krassner,” tweeted comedian Harry Shearer, a voice on The Simpsons. “His insanely ballsy approach to political comedy stands ever taller today.”