Lawrence Morgenstern, 61, on Feb. 27. Getting his start in comedy in the Canadian stand-up scene in the early 1980s, Morgenstern made his foray into television appearing in several comedy specials. He surfaced as a sketch performer on Open Mike with Mike Bullard in 1997 and went on to become the show’s head writer from 1998 – 2004. He also wrote for series including The Crowd Funder Show (2013), HouseCapades (2006), and the CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival (2007/08). Morgenstern received two Genie Award nominations over the years. More recently, he had been co-hosting weekly radio show Hump Dump Live, alongside comic Glen Foster, heard on Funny 820 (CHAM-AM) Hamilton.