San Diego,CA- Willie Bippp passed away in his sleep on Christmas 2008. He will be missed by his friends,family and the many of us that he made laugh so hard. The Piparoos Comedy Team is legendary in these parts as the comedy team that went where other comedy teams would not go. I had the honor of performing in this politically incorrect show several years ago during the Christmas Seasons.(Willie Bipp is the tallest one doing the announcer role in the video.)
The last time I saw Willie Bippp he brought the family along with him to see me at the Seaport Village Buskers Festival. I was touched that he and the other team members of the Piparoos came out to support the competition even though I had not performed with these guys for years.
Willie Bipp will be extremely missed and our thoughts and prayers
go out to his friends and family.
This Pips show was one of the first times that I felt I could hold my own on a comedy club like setting. The Pips were nothing but supportive. At every show the place was packed and the laughter was non-stop. It was the kind of show that was anti-politically correct when political correctness was just gaining ground.
I recently bumped into a married couple that remembered me from the Piparoos show and realized what a fond memory it was. So much so that they realized that the Pip show was actually their first date. lol.They have a long lineage that goes back to Whoopi Goldberg that at the time was nick named Whoopi Cushion.