TV writer Mark Curtis died Jan. 24 of cancer in Pasadena, Calif. He was 52.
Curtis began his career as a standup comic, teaming with Rod Ash, who became his writing partner. The duo wrote jokes for Jay Leno, David Letterman and Jimmy Walker and wrote for TV shows "Fridays," "Sledgehammer," "Nuthouse," and Shelley Duvall's "Faerie Tale Theatre."
He went on to write for several reality shows. After being diagnosed with cancer six months ago, Curtis agreed to be the subject of a documentary by filmmaker Tom Kramer called "50 Things to Do Before I Die," which included performing with a band onstage in Hollywood and boogie-boarding with a tribe of recovering addicts. Friends appearing in the docu include Larry David, Larry Charles, Bruce Mahler and Bruce Kirshbaum.
He is survived by a son and daughter.