"It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the passing this Thursday, June 1st of Guillaume Bats, our great friend and brother of heart and stage. " Friday morning, in a statement published on social networks, the company Dark Smile Productions announced the death of the comedian at the age of 36. He was known to suffer from glass bone disease.
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A handicap that he had chosen to laugh at with a self-mockery hailed today by his peers. In 2014, Thierry Ardisson invited him on the set of "Salut les Terriens!" on Canal+. And it is with the same humor that Guillaume Bats had lent himself to the game of questions of the man in black who had conducted an interview: "Can we laugh at everything? ".
"Patrick Timsit's sketch on the disabled, does it make you laugh?" asked the host, referring to the comedian's joke in the early 1990s when he declared: "Mongolians are prototypes, we use them to take spare parts. It's like pink shrimp, everything is good, except the head" and that it had earned him to end up in court. "He forgot something Patrick Timsit, it is that he is not disabled so it goes less well," replied his guest.
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This was not the only time the comedian had targeted a disabled person. Indeed, on several occasions, Patrick Timsit had attacked the pianist Michel Petrucciani, suffering from the same disease as Guillaume Bats. "Myopath, myopath. Yes, but Petrucciani! " he once joked. Another time, invited by Christophe Dechavanne, he could not help but let go of the name of the artist when the host had asked: "Which animal has the mouth closest to the anus?"
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"And Stéphane Guillon who asks a disabled person, who is in the front row in a theater in Corsica, to leave because it bothers him, does it make you laugh?" There, the host was referring to a controversy dating back to 2012. In show in Bastia, the comedian would have asked a person in a wheelchair placed in front of the stage to change places. "This will disturb the comedian and make him lose the thread of his show," we would have told this spectator. "Oh I do it every night me and it doesn't shock anyone," joked Guillaume Bats.
When the man in black wanted to know if his guest had enjoyed the film Intouchables, he had retorted: "It's a very, very good film on the other hand, we must stop making us believe that disabled people drive Maserati and Porsche, that's". "François Feldman who says at the Telethon: "Everyone stands up!" , does it make you laugh? ", continued Thierry Ardisson. "But so much! Moments of solitude like that, to watch it's enjoyable, "replied the young comedian.
Always quick to swing a little pike, Thierry Ardisson had added: "The physique of Anne Roumanoff, does it make you laugh? ". But that was without counting the repartee of Guillaume Bats who had retorted: "No more than yours Thierry". To conclude, the host asked: "When you see yourself in a mirror, does it make you laugh?" And the comedian answers with his legendary self-mockery: "It depends on how I am styled".