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Comedian Richard Jeni Dead
ExtraTV ^ | 3/11/07

Posted on 03/11/2007 9:28:15 AM PDT by Borges

Comedian Richard Jeni is dead from an apparent suicide. Sources tell Extra Jeni was in his West Hollywood, CA apartment. He had been scheduled to perform at the Chicago Improv tonight but cancelled several weeks ago.

Raised in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, New York, Richard Jeni first received recognition through a series of Showtime stand-up specials and frequent appearances on The Tonight Show. Top executives at HBO 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 was very well received, and Jeni would return for 2 more shows, and go on to receive a CableACE Award for one of his HBO specials. 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 commercial campaigns for Certs, Arby's, and won a CLIO Award for his work as a writer/performer in a campaign for the Milk Association. [1]

Jeni's website 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. Jeni is a graduate of Hunter College, where he majored in political science.


TOPICS: TV/Movies
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1 posted on 03/11/2007 9:28:16 AM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges

Never heard of him. Regardless, RIP, Richard.


2 posted on 03/11/2007 9:29:25 AM PDT by Ladysmith ((NRA, SAS) "These lefties are terminally inebriated on dishonesty." The Nuge)
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To: Ladysmith

He was Jim Carrey's friend in The Mask.


3 posted on 03/11/2007 9:29:46 AM PDT by Borges
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To: Ladysmith
Never heard of him. Regardless, RIP, Richard

Me neither. I guess I have to get out more.

4 posted on 03/11/2007 9:31:20 AM PDT by ExtremeUnction
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To: Borges
I don't believe it. He must have been the "crying on the inside" type.

Particularly loved this joke he did: "You know that stuff, 'I can't believe it's not butter'? What if they put something like foot ointment in there? Then you taste it and go 'Hey! This isn't butter!' And they'll come back and say 'Hey, we never said it was."

5 posted on 03/11/2007 9:31:55 AM PDT by domenad (In all things, in all ways, at all times, let honor guide me.)
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To: Borges
Terrible news. I've seen Richard numerous times when he toured, and he was outstanding each time--always new material and finely tuned; he was a true stand-up professional. RIP, Richard, I thought you were a very smart comic, head and shoulders above the usual fare.
6 posted on 03/11/2007 9:32:05 AM PDT by giobruno
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To: Borges

How sad. My sympathes to his family and friends.


7 posted on 03/11/2007 9:33:52 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Free Republic, "Where a few remnant curios bite.")
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To: Borges

Never expected suicide from Jeni..guess one can never tell. Really cleverly funny guy and there's not very many left.. Rip Mr. Jeni..thanks for the laughs.


8 posted on 03/11/2007 9:36:26 AM PDT by SeaBiscuit (God Bless America..Duncan Hunter 2008.)
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To: Borges

I never heard of him either but my heart aches for people that get to such a dark place in their lives they feel the only way out is suicide....so sad


9 posted on 03/11/2007 9:36:43 AM PDT by Kimmers
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To: Borges

Couldn't handle the time change?


In all seriousness, sad news.


11 posted on 03/11/2007 9:38:03 AM PDT by JRios1968 (Tagline wanted...inquire within)
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To: Borges

Years ago... I thought he'd be the next Steve Martin. The guy had some good stuff and cracked me up. Then he seemed to drop out of sight... almost like quality, stand-up comedy did.


12 posted on 03/11/2007 9:39:27 AM PDT by johnny7 ("We took a hell of a beating." -'Vinegar Joe' Stilwell)
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To: Borges

how awful. I saw his HBO special; he was hilarious.

RIP.


13 posted on 03/11/2007 9:39:43 AM PDT by smonk
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To: Borges; Cacique
Richard Jeni has suffered from depression for MANY years, per aquaintances of mine in the industry. Much like Spalding Grey, RJ could be highly functioning in social situations, and then stuff like this happens.

Cacique, do you think they will name a street after him in Bensonhurst, much like they did for Vincent Gardenia?

14 posted on 03/11/2007 9:41:07 AM PDT by Clemenza (NO to Rudy in 2008! New York's Values are NOT America's Values!)
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To: Borges

Dang!!!!!! He was a major talent-- I have seen him live, and I laughed so hard my stomach hurt the next day. Here are some of his jokes from a recent show (***WARNING: NSFW LANGUAGE***):
http://imdb.com/title/tt0448100/quotes

Goodbye funnyman-- the comedy world is a lot less now that you're gone.


15 posted on 03/11/2007 9:41:22 AM PDT by VictoryGal (Never give up, never surrender!)
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To: Borges

I saw his HBO stuff and much of it was very very funny. Never knew he was depressed...he will be missed.


16 posted on 03/11/2007 9:41:28 AM PDT by Pharmboy ([She turned me into a] Newt! in '08)
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To: Borges

I heard Billy Bartie commited sucide last week
Jumped of a curb

Rip Richard Jeni


17 posted on 03/11/2007 9:42:16 AM PDT by al baby (Hi mom)
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To: johnny7

Being a big fan of stand-up, I was quite familiar with Jeni. Very funny stuff. I agree, the quality of stand-up has gone way down hill. Witness Dane Cook.


18 posted on 03/11/2007 9:42:46 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: Borges

A little more detail here---

http://www.postchronicle.com/news/original/article_21268468.shtml


19 posted on 03/11/2007 9:43:10 AM PDT by John W
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To: SeaBiscuit

"Never expected suicide from Jeni..guess one can never tell. Really cleverly funny guy and there's not very many left.. Rip Mr. Jeni..thanks for the laughs."

Funny guy. Condolences to the family.


20 posted on 03/11/2007 9:43:21 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (The Clintons: A Malignant Malfeasance of the Most Morbid)
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To: Borges

A cry for help? Rest in peace.

21 posted on 03/11/2007 9:46:16 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Borges

RIP Richard Jeni, Please see my Tagline.


22 posted on 03/11/2007 9:50:43 AM PDT by Garvin (America - 20 Million Illegal Immigrants Can't Be Wrong! - Richard Jeni)
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To: Borges

Sad news . Rodney Dangerfield struggled with depression his whole life, but hung in there and talked about it publically, especially later in his life. He found some docs who helped him understand it was something he could control rather than it controlling him.


23 posted on 03/11/2007 9:54:50 AM PDT by Kirkwood
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To: Borges; All

"Richard Jeni - PMS and Red Wine"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-O4mJKEEqQ

Funny stuff!


24 posted on 03/11/2007 9:57:45 AM PDT by avacado
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To: Borges
I enjoyed seeing his specials.

He was a very talented person.

I feel sorry because he chose to willingly end his life.
25 posted on 03/11/2007 9:57:47 AM PDT by OKIEDOC (Kalifornia, DUNCAN 08, ELECTION 2008, MOST IMPORTANT OF MY LIFE TIME)
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To: Borges; All

"Richard Jeni - Political Parties"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhw8DFSGzvg

Very funny!


26 posted on 03/11/2007 10:02:03 AM PDT by avacado
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To: Kirkwood
Sad news . Rodney Dangerfield struggled with depression his whole life, but hung in there and talked about it publically, especially later in his life. He found some docs who helped him understand it was something he could control rather than it controlling him.

Rodney did a great job of turning lemons into lemonade.

27 posted on 03/11/2007 10:03:28 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: avacado

>"Richard Jeni - PMS and Red Wine"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-O4mJKEEqQ

THAT -- is my husband's and my favorite routine of his. It **IS** so funny because it's true!

"Chest size: Three-niner. Cup size: David... David... David..."

"David-David-David" is now a catchphrase between me and my hubby whenever we both spot a "well-endowed" woman ;-)


28 posted on 03/11/2007 10:03:50 AM PDT by VictoryGal (Never give up, never surrender!)
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To: Borges
Sad news -

Richard Jeni was easily the funniest man I've ever seen. My wife and I made a point of seeing him every time he was in our area. He'd make you laugh so hard you'd start sweating.

29 posted on 03/11/2007 10:04:01 AM PDT by Cable225 (I almost never post, and rarely reply - but I donate to FR. How about you?)
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To: Borges; All

"Richard Jeni - Martha Stewart"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDiVpae3ixk



30 posted on 03/11/2007 10:06:18 AM PDT by avacado
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To: avacado

He was funny. RIP. Prayers for his family.


31 posted on 03/11/2007 10:07:22 AM PDT by armymarinemom (My sons freed Iraqi and Afghan Honor Roll students.)
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To: Borges

Very sad. Brad Delp of Boston and now Jeni, who brought freshness to a mostly-mined-out genre.


32 posted on 03/11/2007 10:16:17 AM PDT by relictele
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To: Borges

Very sad news. I enjoyed his comedy. Prayers for family nd friends.


33 posted on 03/11/2007 10:17:38 AM PDT by Theresawithanh (Rudy? Hunter? McCain? Tancredo? Romney? Presenting WWF FR style.....)
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To: avacado

Anybody know where I can get a panda for the grill of my Navigator?


34 posted on 03/11/2007 10:20:53 AM PDT by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: smonk

I can't believe it. I saw that special and it was very funny. I loved the way he defended America from the bashers saying "20 million illegal aliens can't be wrong!" RIP.


35 posted on 03/11/2007 11:14:11 AM PDT by EdnaMode
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To: avacado

Dolphin saving, salmon eating hypocrites.


36 posted on 03/11/2007 11:21:22 AM PDT by EdnaMode
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To: giobruno

Yup, he was great. One of his classic comments about libs...

"Then they can't wait to strap your ass to back of a Toyota Hybrid, and drive you to the Berkeley campus and drop your carcass off in front of the Fidel Castro building for the Continuing Study of "Why America Sucks.""


37 posted on 03/11/2007 11:28:20 AM PDT by EdnaMode
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To: VictoryGal

LOL!


38 posted on 03/11/2007 11:29:52 AM PDT by Larry Lucido (Duncan Hunter 2008)
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To: Borges

This really sucks - he was a great stand up comic.


39 posted on 03/11/2007 12:00:56 PM PDT by Living Free in NH
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To: Clemenza

Extremely sad, and not the only such case. Apparently, a lot of the most creative comedy writers and actors suffer from depression.


40 posted on 03/11/2007 2:20:08 PM PDT by BlackVeil
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To: BlackVeil
This is all most likely bipolar depression, which is distinct from the more common unipolar depression (what Prozac was for).

The bipolar folks have the highest percentage of completed suicide. The most dangerous time for them is when they are in the so-called "mixed" state, where they have energy, but are in a dismal mood. It appears that at this time they have the get-up-and-go to actually ACT on their suicidal thoughts.

41 posted on 03/11/2007 5:21:30 PM PDT by Pharmboy ([She turned me into a] Newt! in '08)
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To: Clemenza

A fellow Hunter alumni and poli sci no less. Sorry to hear the news. Depression kills, gotta get help.

Dopn't know if they will name a street in Bensonhurst. It's changed quite a great deal. Don't know if with today's makeup they would name a street after Gardenia. I think those Ruskies and Chinese would prefer one named after Stalin.


42 posted on 03/11/2007 9:58:38 PM PDT by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: Borges

He was one of the best...sad news.


43 posted on 03/12/2007 4:50:03 AM PDT by WasDougsLamb (cry me a river, then build a bridge and get over it !)
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To: Borges

I was sad to hear this yesterday.. I laughed at his material many times, he was one of the great ones.. condolences to his family...especially the poor girlfriend who was there at the time..


44 posted on 03/13/2007 5:21:16 AM PDT by Awestruck (All the usual suspects)
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To: Kirkwood
Many comedians appear to have tortured private lives. Sam Kinison, Richard Pryor, John Candy, Mitch Hedberg, and John Belushi, to name just a few off the top of my head.

I wonder if people who are unhappy with themselves in real life gravitate to stand-up comedy.

45 posted on 03/13/2007 5:34:16 AM PDT by SamAdams76 (I'm 7 days from outliving Steve Irwin)
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To: Borges

Goodnight, funnyman ...


46 posted on 03/13/2007 1:55:21 PM PDT by SubGeniusX ("BLAMMO! Eyes melt, skin explodes, everybody dead!")
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To: SamAdams76

"I wonder if people who are unhappy with themselves in real life gravitate to stand-up comedy."

Yeah I think so. Many are looking for acceptance and an emotional high from being an entertainer. I knew Rodney and I toyed with the idea myself of doing standup when I was going through a rough period. I never went down that road, although Rodney encouraged me to write material for him. I got a lot out of that experience. He was a terrific guy.


47 posted on 03/13/2007 5:21:23 PM PDT by Kirkwood
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To: Borges

Just heard about this the other day. I saw him do a show here in Denver in the 1990s. Boy was he filthy--but very funny as well. Sorry to hear about his mental health problems and the sad end to his life.


48 posted on 03/30/2007 7:20:14 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: Borges

1 Richard Jeni and Greg Giraldo March 30, 2007
Friday - 8:00 PM Keswick Theatre Glenside, PA

He had a show tonight.


49 posted on 03/30/2007 7:36:12 PM PDT by beaversmom
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