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Richard Lewis

Richard Lewis


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Born: June 29, 1947 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: Cast ...


In addition to his cable specials, other comedy and comic documentary specials Lewis has performed on or hosted include "The Facts" (1982), "Comic Relief 3", "The Montreal International Comedy Festival" (both 1989), "The World of Jewish Humor", "Comic Relief 4" (both 1990), "Living Against the Odds" (for which he also supplied additional written material) and "American Saturday Night" (both 1991). Lewis also refers to his three comedy specials, "I'm in Pain", "I'm Exhausted" and "I'm Doomed" as his "trilogy from hell".

Lewis has appeared on GQ's list of the "most influential American humorists of the 20th century."

Much of Lewis's humor makes specific references to his Jewish upbringing: "I once dated a girl who was called Rosh Hashana 'Benihana'" or "My mother has a menorah on a dimmer" or "My father catered my bar mitzvah. He was a great caterer, but the sad thing was that he was booked on the weekends, so I had to have my bar mitzvah party on a Tuesday night--that's when the low self-esteem started. But the party was phenomenal. We had ice sculptures of people wringing their necks and another of my grandmother taking her teeth out. As party favors we gave out coupons to various mental health facilities." Lewis, however, insists that his humor is not particularly Jewish. "I'm not doing Yiddish theater up there. I think there are a lot of Jewish mothers out there who are Italian. I deal more with the dynamic of feeling crummy than being Jewish."

Lewis's official ABC biography concludes with the line, "In his spare time, Richard worries." Lewis has reportedly spent nearly a quarter of a million dollar on analysis since 1975. Commenting on the rate at which he goes through therapists, Lewis noted, "Most of my therapists have retired. The last one retired and I guess I was the straw that broke the camel's back. And she was only 18. ... she had her whole career ahead of her."

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