Comedian Tim Wilson has died at the age of 52. The stand-up comic and a country music artist was a regular on the ‘Bob & Tom” radio show. Manager Chris Dipetta confirmed that Wilson passed away on Wednesday as the result of a heart attack.
Wilson will be remembered for combining his talents to create numerous comedic songs and albums.
A native of Columbus, Georgia, Wilson was known by his classmates as the “class clown.” Although he continued to entertain his friends and family with his unique sense of humor, he eventually aspired to become a musician.
While attending college, Wilson worked as a journalist for the university’s newspaper. Although he began as a sports writer, he eventually moved on to music and concert reviews. While on assignment at an Atlanta Rhythm Section show, he had an opportunity to share his demo tape with drummer Roy Yeager.
After reviewing the tape, Yeager agreed to produce a better-quality version of the demo. Unfortunately, the music was not well-received. Unwilling to give up, Wilson focused on his comedic talent, appearing in numerous stand-up comedy shows throughout the region.
Tim Wilson got his big break when he entered and won a Cinemax standup competition. His performance gained national attention and led to numerous talk show appearances, including The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.
As reported by CMT, the notoriety gave Wilson an opportunity to work with other performers. The success of “Arab America” which was a combined effort with Pinkard & Bowden, convinced Wilson to combine music with his comedy routine.
Working with the independent label Southern Tracks, the performer released numerous singles, including “Garth Brooks Ruined My Life.” The Garth Brooks parody was an instant success. He followed up with “The Redneck Twelve Days of Christmas,” which he co-write with Jeff Foxworthy.
His continued success and increasing notoriety eventually led to a deal with Capitol Nashville.
Throughout his successful career, Tim Wilson released more than 15 albums. He also appeared in several films and television series.’ In addition to numerous appearances with “Bob & Tom,” the comedian was a regular guest on “John Boy and Billy” and “Big D and Bubba.”
In addition to his talent for comedy and music, Wilson was a renowned writer. In 2009, he and co-author Roger Keiss released a detective novel about notorious serial killer Ted Bundy.
Tim Wilson was a talented writer and performer who will be greatly missed. The Ledger-Enquirer reports that he is survived by his wife and two children.