The world of Irish comedy have paid tribute to comedian Billy Anderson, who died in a road collision in Co Wexford yesterday morning.
Anderson, in his late 30s, also coached Gorey American Football team Wexford Eagles and was on the way to catch the team bus for a game in Craigavon, Co Armagh when the incident occurred.
The American had lived in Wexford with his family for several years and was a regular performer in comedy clubs across the country.
Comedians and venues took to Twitter to send their condolences to his family.
Alison Spittle paid tribute and spoke in a thread about how encouraging and supportive he was to up-and-coming acts.
Gearoid Farrelly, Emma Doran, Rob Sears and Gerry McBride were among others to leave touching posts.
I met Billy when I first started comedy, he was a gent.
The only thing that lit up his face more than talking about comedy was talking about his son.
A compassionate guy with a car full of stand up CDs. So sorry for his family. https://t.co/Zjvu9utxcp— Alison Spittle (@AlisonSpittle) May 27, 2019
I can’t believe it. He was such a lovely funny guy. This is awful.
— Gearoid Farrelly (@gearoidfarrelly) May 27, 2019
I met Billy when I did my first ever gig, he was so kind to me that night and ever since- I told him about a year ago. He always loved to talk about his son and show me pictures. Was such a lovely warm man
— Emma Doran Comedian (@EmmaLouDoran) May 27, 2019
Comedy lost a good man yesterday. Billy Anderson, called to the stage one last time. I've fond memories of a gig we did in a tiny village in Longford, but hadn't seen him in ages. You think people will always be around. They're not. Contact them today. Tomorrow isn't owed to you.— Gerry McBride (@GerryMcBride) May 27, 2019
Cherry Comedy at Whelan's said:
"A pleasure to have him on our stage. Thoughts to his family, friends and his young son. He'll be missed dearly."
Terrible news today, hearing about the death of Billy Anderson. Don't think he knew how not to smile, he was always beaming from ear-to-ear. A pleasure to have him on our stage. Thoughts to his family, friends and his young son. He'll be missed dearly. pic.twitter.com/odOy9nsJkT— Cherry Comedy at Whelan's (@CherryComedy) May 26, 2019
Ireland's Smallest Comedy Club said Billy was a "great comedian and lovely guy" in an Facebook post.
"Thoughts are with his family and friends right now. RIP Billy, you'll be missed."
Central Arts Waterford added: "We’re shocked and saddened to hear of the untimely passing of our friend Billy Anderson, a true gent and a real comic talent.
"Billy graced our stage at Central on a number of occasions and always brought the laughter; we were lucky to have got to know him. Rest In Peace, bud x."