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  posted on 3/11/2007 at 09:40 PM
Just read this, man whats going on lately.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17568683/

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - Richard Jeni, a standup comedian who played to sold-out crowds, was a regular on the “Tonight Show” and appeared in movies, died of a gunshot wound in an apparent suicide, police said Sunday.

Police found the 45-year-old comedian alive but gravely injured in a West Hollywood home when they responded to a call Saturday morning from Jeni’s girlfriend, Los Angeles Police Officer Norma Eisenman said.

Eisenman said the caller told police: “My boyfriend shot himself in the face.”


Jeni died at a nearby hospital.

Eisenman said suicide had not been officially confirmed and the investigation was continuing. An autopsy on Jeni would be done Monday, said Lt. Fred Corral from the investigation division of the coroner’s office.

Jeni regularly toured the country with a standup act and had starred in several HBO comedy specials, most recently “A Big Steaming Pile of Me” during the 2005-06 season.

Another HBO special, “Platypus Man,” won a Cable ACE award for best standup comedy special, and formed the basis for his UPN sitcom of the same name, which ran for one season.

Jeni’s movie credits included “The Mask,” in which he played Jim Carrey’s best friend, “The Aristocrats,” “National Lampoon’s Dad’s Week Off,” and “An Alan Smithee Film: Burn, Hollywood, Burn.”

He had guest appearances in the TV shows “Everybody Hates Chris,” “Married: With Children,” and updated versions of the game shows “Hollywood Squares” and “Match Game.”

Frazer Smith, standup comedian who often opened for Jeni and the emcee at the Ice House, where Jeni often performed, said young comedians looked up to him.

“He was probably one of the best standup comedians in the last 50 years,” said Smith. “He had tons and tons of material. He was looked up to by all the young comedians, a total pro.”

The Brooklyn-born comic first received national attention in 1990 with the Showtime special “Richard Jeni: Boy From New York City.” Two years later, his “Crazy From the Heat” special attracted the highest ratings in Showtime’s history.

Jeni became a frequent guest on “The Tonight Show” during Johnny Carson’s reign and continued to appear after Jay Leno took over as host.

He also wrote comic material for the 2005 Academy Awards, which was hosted by his friend Chris Rock.


 
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  posted on 3/11/2007 at 10:17 PM
Wow..I worked with the dude a number of times, as I push camera dolly, and did 2 HBO special's with him.
While he was alway's a nervous wreck, and seemed very compulsive, he was a wonderful man to work with, very funny off-camera, in a nervous kinda way.
His first special, with The Jaw's Routine was classic!
Shame. it's amazing how some of our most outrageously funny and animated actors, and performers,with all the fame and adulation you could want, could feel the need to take their life. They are a strage breed man.
I mean what fear is worse than putting a gun to your head, or jumping off a roof.
If you have the nerve to do those things, how could you not have the nerve to go on?

 

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  posted on 3/12/2007 at 12:26 AM
The last post was great.
 

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  posted on 3/12/2007 at 12:41 PM
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Wow..I worked with the dude a number of times, as I push camera dolly, and did 2 HBO special's with him.
While he was alway's a nervous wreck, and seemed very compulsive, he was a wonderful man to work with, very funny off-camera, in a nervous kinda way.
His first special, with The Jaw's Routine was classic!
Shame. it's amazing how some of our most outrageously funny and animated actors, and performers,with all the fame and adulation you could want, could feel the need to take their life. They are a strage breed man.
I mean what fear is worse than putting a gun to your head, or jumping off a roof.
If you have the nerve to do those things, how could you not have the nerve to go on?


well said

 

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  posted on 3/12/2007 at 12:43 PM
R.I.P. Richard.
 

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  posted on 3/12/2007 at 12:48 PM
They (whoever those people are) say that deaths come in 3's.

 

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  posted on 3/12/2007 at 01:02 PM
I laughed to tears watching Platypus Man years ago. Damn, what a loss of talent. I'm sure they'll be cracking up wherever he goes....

 

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  posted on 3/12/2007 at 01:47 PM
sad news regarding a funny man you just dont know......rip richard j

 

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  posted on 3/12/2007 at 01:58 PM
Shocked n me right down to my shoes when I read the paper this am. Richard RIP ,a very very funny man, he could make me laugh so hard....

 

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  posted on 3/12/2007 at 10:54 PM
How tragic .
 

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  posted on 3/13/2007 at 09:13 AM
RIP

 

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