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Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Richard Lewis, one of America's most beloved and revered stand-up comics who also played a fictionalized version of himself on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm, has died. He was 76.



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Damn. He has looked pretty rough in the latest season of Curb, I think he sat in every scene he was in so far.

#1 | Posted by qcp at 2024-02-28 04:02 PM | Reply

Lewis had been living with Parkinson's disease, a diagnosis he revealed in April, 2023.

That's unfortunate.


#2 | Posted by ClownShack at 2024-02-28 04:17 PM | Reply

A timeline of Richard and Larry David's arguments on CYE. Classic. Goodnight, funnyman.

#3 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2024-02-28 04:39 PM | Reply

Mel Brooks: "Richard Lewis may just be the Franz Kafka of modern-day comedy."

Always appreciated his nervous, darkish humor. RIP

#4 | Posted by Corky at 2024-02-28 04:41 PM | Reply

"Richard and I were born three days apart in the same hospital and for most of my life he's been like a brother to me. He had that rare combination of being the funniest person and also the sweetest. But today he made me sob and for that I'll never forgive him."

- Larry David

#5 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2024-02-28 07:28 PM | Reply

Thanks for the laughs in a world sorely needing them. RIP.

Frank Figliuzzi

Comedian and actor @TheRichardLewis has died. This was his recent message to me: "Frank ... . You were spectacularly spot on about the dark, autocratic schemes. I'm just an aging comedian but if the democrats had any goal to keep our democracy, they'd not be so timid! Best Richard"

#6 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2024-02-28 10:04 PM | Reply

Richard was one of the funniest comedians, a soul tormented with addiction that he overcame and showed others the way to do so.

Rest in peace Richard, the world is a slightly darker place without you in it.

The best we can do is make an impact in someone's life. Richard was that person.

Andy Lassner and Jamie Lee Curtis have long told of how Richard helped them shake their addictions.

Lassner wrote:

One dim memory he did have, however, was Lewis chasing him down in the parking lot, where he insisted on giving Lassner his phone number, instructing him to, "Call me tomorrow just to tell me you're OK."

"We spoke. I gave him my number and said I'd check in again," he continued, adding that "the problem was I had given Richard my number and he wouldn't stop f"king call me."

Lassner tried to get the standup comedian to stop incessantly calling but "he wouldn't stop. Every single day. Hey it's Richard. Call me.' I wouldn't return his call. He was so annoyingly persistent."

Then one day the Daytime Emmy winner hit rock bottom. He was holed up in a hotel room on Sunset Boulevard. The comedian called yet again and Lassner answered.

The next thing he remembered was "a knock on the door and there stood Richard" who took the troubled Lassner to his house and then arranged for him to go back into rehab.

"This time I stayed clean and we stayed in touch for years," he wrote. "And then less so. And then not at all. And now he's gone. He was the menchiest of menches."

#7 | Posted by Nixon at 2024-02-29 08:09 AM | Reply

I wasn't really aware of him until I saw him in a guess appearance of the TV show, "Two And A Half Men."

His performance in the episode was so good, as good as or better than the stars of the show, that it prompted me to look him up on IMDB and see what other shows he was in.

Thank-you for the humor, Richard Philip Lewis.


#8 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-02-29 11:56 AM | Reply

"I read somewhere that when I go on stage, people realize that they're not me and they feel better.

When I walk off the stage, people know who I really am. I'm not saying it's great comedy, cool comedy or better comedy - but that's what I do, and I

do it first for myself."

--Richard Lewis.

#9 | Posted by shrimptacodan at 2024-02-29 05:21 PM | Reply

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