Richard Jeni


1957-2007. Brooklyn, New York, United States

Like many comedians, Jeni's real life wasn't as funny as his routines. And at age 49, an unshakable battle with depression caused this hilariously blunt Brooklyn comic to commit suicide. On March 10, 2007, Jeni's girlfriend found him alive but fading after a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. It was a sad end for a man who had evoked so much laughter, even if he never quite became a household name. While he snagged bit parts in films (The Mask) and TV guest spots (Married... with Children), Jeni was best known for his irreverent stand-up specials in which he poked merciless fun at everything from relationships to politics. 1992's Richard Jeni: Platypus Man earned him a same-named, short-lived UPN sitcom, but his manic manner and aggressive persona didn't fare well in prime time. Although he continued to work, playing to sold-out crowds, appearing in TV ads and even contributing special material to the 77th Annual Academy Awards hosted by his pal Chris Rock, his big break never came.

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