Shelley Berman, angst-filled comedian who pioneered standup (or sit-down) comedy, dies at 91

Shelley Berman, who tapped into the neuroses and frustrations of post-World War II America and brought an actor’s sensibility to his monologues to become one of the top comedians of the late 1950s and early ’60s, died Friday at his home near Thousand Oaks.

Berman, who acted throughout his career…

Shelley Berman, who tapped into the neuroses and frustrations of post-World War II America and brought an actor's sensibility to his monologues to become one of the top comedians of the late 1950s and early ’60s, died Friday at his home near Thousand Oaks.

Berman, who acted throughout his career...