Monday, March 12, 2007

RIP Richard Jeni

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketI first saw Richard Jeni as the host of "An Evening at the Improv", the original "comedian in front of a brick wall" show, and often he was funnier than any of the guests.

His work did occasionally stray into the homophobic, which we must remember was still acceptable in the 80s and early 90s, but he was never as nasty about that as Sam Kinison or Eddie Murphy.

Now, it seems, he's committed suicide.

Details are sketchy at this early date as to what might have prompted this drastic action, but his profile has dimmed since he appeared in "The Mask" in 1994, save for a high-profile turn in "The Aristocrats" a couple of years ago.

Here's the story from "Entertainment Weekly".
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