Comedian Jean-Yves Lafesse is dead

Comedian Jean-Yves Lafesse, whose real name is Jean-Yves Lambert, died Thursday in Vannes at the age of 64, his family announced Friday July 23 to Agence France-Presse.

Born in Pontivy (Morbihan) in 1957, this precursor of hidden camera gags and telephone hoaxes suffered from Charcot’s disease, diagnosed a year ago, his family said.

“His condition had suddenly deteriorated in the last 24 hours”, said a relative of the comedian adding that he was involved in an association bringing together people with this neurodegenerative disease.

The artist made his debut in radio in the 1980s, at the time of the emergence of free radio. Spotted by public and private televisions, his career was launched a few years later.

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Along with television and his shows, he lends his acting talents to several directors, such as Pascal Chaumeil, in Arnacœur (2010), or Mélanie Auffret in Roxane, released in 2019.

The containment appeared to have further boosted its popularity. Asked in May 2020 by France 3 Bretagne, he declared: “I played my role [depuis le début du confinement]. That of professional spoiler. I regularly posted small humorous videos on my Facebook page. I went from 180,000 to 300,000 subscribers during the lockdown. The proof that laughter remains essential in all circumstances ”.

Jean-Yves Lafesse, whose real name is Jean-Yves Lambert, had returned to live in Brittany, in Vannes, two years ago. “I spent 43 years in Paris but I missed Brittany. My relationship with the region is natural and very strong ”, he had said.

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