Vale Mark Ruse, lover of laughter, maker of dreams

Mark Ruse, key Melbourne indy producer, brought grace and generosity to the hard craft of comedy.

This Saturday, we mourned the death of Mark Ruse. This loss comes as a surprise and a shock, cutting into a moment when the Victorian screen community is so disintegrated. While we fear a plague, he died suddenly at the age of 64, bringing an end to a humane and gentle life. 

But in that natural full stop, we lost a presence threaded through the city’s broad-brush comedy for a generation. He and his partner Stephen Luby created the spaces for comedians to entertain millions of people. How a society laughs is a sacred thing, and he found the creators and kept the flame and brought us back to the rituals he loved again and again.

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