The local comedy community is grieving after one of their own was found dead near Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach on Tuesday.
James Alfred Wolpert, 26, worked at The Comedy Palace, a comedy club in Kearny Mesa, according to his Facebook page.
Dozens of friends, many also involved in the comedy scene, flocked to the site to share memories and mourn his loss. Many spoke of his infectious laugh.
“He was such a sweet soul, always beaming that big grin and that Mickey Mouse laugh exploded out like a bolt of joyous lightning,” wrote Jesse Egan. “I can’t even imagine the Comedy Palace without our Jimmy.”
Others wrote about his warmth and charm. He was celebrated as a great comedian, and an even better person.
“Jimmy Wolpert was one of the sweetest and most genuine human beings in the San Diego comedy scene,” Russell Brock wrote.
Police said a couple walking along the beach spotted his body in the surf about 2 a.m. Tuesday.
They called for help and started CPR. Lifeguards and police took over, but Wolpert could not be resuscitated and died about 2:40 a.m.
Police said Tuesday it appeared that Wolpert had drowned. The Medical Examiner’s Office did not provide a suspected cause of death.