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Old 03-11-2007, 12:45 PM   #1
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Richard Jeni dead

Comedian and actor Richard Jeni was found dead in his West Hollywood apartment over the weekend, presumably from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

A loaded gun was reportedly found next to his body.

Jeni's biography claims that he has appeared more on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno than any other stand-up comedian, dating back to when the Tonight Show was hosted by Johnny Carson.

In 2004, Jeni was named number 57 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 greatest standups of all time.

Sad. So sad.

Oftentimes, the "funny" people are such haunted souls.


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Richard Jeni Dead: Comedian Found Shot, Self Inflicted?
By Jack Ryan
Mar 10, 2007

Richard Jeni, one of Comedy Central's Top 100 Comedians of All Time, is dead. According to police, Jeni was found dead presumably from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Saturday, March 10, 2007. A loaded gun was reportedly found next to his body.

His website, richardjeni.com, has gone dark (except for a grayed-out logo) and the story is still developing. More information will be made available when we hear it. SHECKYmagazine.com (who claims to have broke the story first) & Extra are also reporting the death.

The word being whispered -- among more than one party close to the deceased -- throughout the comedy grapevine is that Richard Jeni simply chose to end his life.

Jeni was in his West Hollywood, CA apartment. He had reportedly been scheduled to perform at the Chicago Improv last night, but cancelled several weeks ago.

It is said that he chose to take his life because he was ill. We could speculate, but out of respect for Richard and his family we will not.

Autopsy results are expected soon. We will offer further information as it becomes available.

Richard Jeni was an American stand-up comedian. He was raised in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, New York.

Jeni first received recognition through a series of Showtime stand-up specials and frequent appearances on The Tonight Show.

HBO brass noticed Jeni's talent, and he was soon picked up for his first appearance on the coveted HBO Comedy Hour in 1992, entitled Richard Jeni: Platypus Man. The show received critical acclaim, and Jeni would return for two more shows.

Throughout the 90's, the awards and accolades continued to grow and Richard's growing cult following was making him a sold-out attraction in concert venues. A particular thrill was when George Carlin handed Richard the American Comedy Award for "Best Male Stand-up" on ABC TV.

Jeni hosted A&E's "Caroline's Comedy Hour" for two years and the show won the Cable ACE Award for "Best Stand-Up Comedy Show". He hosted the infotainment series "What A World" for The Learning Channel, and was nominated for "Best Magazine Host". He became a popular guest on all the major talk shows. He also was a repeat guest on "Entertainment Tonight" as a sardonic and hilarious correspondent.

Jeni would also star on the short-lived UPN sitcom Platypus Man and appear in the Jim Carrey film The Mask. He also has starred in various TV commercials for Arby's, Certs and won a CLIO Award for his contributions as a writer/performer in a campaign for the Milk Association.

In 1998, a Coca-Cola executive in Atlanta heard some of Richard's routines on the radio and was inspired to create "Concession Stand-Up Comedy Starring Richard Jeni", a series of short stand-up pieces that ran during the trailers on over 10,000 movie screens in 1998, and were seen by over 48 million people.

Jeni's website biography claimed that he has appeared more on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno than any other stand-up comedian, dating back to when the Tonight Show was hosted by Johnny Carson.

In 2004, Jeni was named number 57 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 greatest standups of all time. Jeni was a graduate of Hunter College, where he majored in political science.

Our condolences go out to Richard's friends and family. Leave a message of condolence wishes on Richard's MySpace Page.

YouTube has some of Jeni's work see below.

Richard Jeni: 1962 - 2007, RIP Platypus Man.

http://www.postchronicle.com/news/or...21268468.shtml
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this so awful!! Such a funny man. I love listening to his bits on XM Comedy channel in my car... THIS SUCH A SHOCK..

I think it is true that a lot of comedians are tortured souls who use comedy as a coping mechanism to survive..
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I never heard of him, but what a sad story
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I never heard of him, but what a sad story
Yeah, same here.
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He was a great entertainer, I enjoyed his comedy routines.
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This is sad. This guy was hilarious.
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Oh my, that's too bad. He did a lot of bit parts in movies; I can picture his face.
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Oh my goodness! That sucks. He was very funny.
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Over on wiki, it's reported that his gunshot wound was self inflicted with a high caliber hand gun.
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That is very sad, he most have been feeling lost to do something like that.
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Wow, that's sad. I remember him from his early stand up days. He did a great bit about NY'ers threatening each other, continually repeating to each other "do you know who I am", etc. He was a funny guy. Anytime someone takes their own life it's sad, but when you know, or know of the person, it's worsened.
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I agree, Spoken. I've always had a special spot in my heart for comedians. They get up in front of a bunch of strangers and try to make them laugh and forget about their troubles for a little while. Not an easy feat.
I remember when Jeni first started popping up on TV. I always thought he was funny. His HBO special was great too. I think every comedian's dream is to have an HBO special and it least he got to achieve that.
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