Monday, March 12, 2007

Richard Jeni

Richard Jeni was one of those comics who was coming up when I first noticed stand-up. At one point he seemed to be on a different show every night and I couldn't have been gladder. He had an easy comfortable style that I took to instantly. So it was a genuine shock to find he died over the weekend in an apparant suicide.

The thing that makes me saddest is the CNN headline, "Comedian Dead in Apparant Suicide." Comedian. You get five hour specials, your own sitcom, appearances in hit movies and you still can't get your name in your own obituary. Disrespectful.

Alex Grubard's found some great Jeni clips on his myspace blog.

1 comment:

Brian Kunath said...

That's horrible! I had no idea about this until seeing it here. I thought you were going to write a post about meeting him. This is really shocking.

Jeni was an immensly talented comic. And you're right -- he made it look effortless.

That really sucks. Fucking life.