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Richard Lewis



Standup comedians are famous for their neuroses, but Richard Lewis takes anxiety to a new level. On-stage, he energetically frets and overanalyses the most personal aspects of his life and wallows in his low self-esteem until the audience convulses with sympathetic laughter. He was born in Brooklyn, but raised in New Jersey. While attending Ohio State University as a marketing major, Lewis also studied communications. Upon graduation, he worked as the lead copywriter for an advertising agency. Four years into his career, he abandoned it to become a standup comedian, making his club debut in Greenwich Village in 1972. His first break came when he won a regular gig at Budd Friedman's the Improv comedy club and then debuted on The Tonight Show. Lewis became really well known in 1979 when he co-wrote and starred in Diary of a Young Comic, a show which gained him a cult following. Its success led him to become a television writer. In 1982, he made his first appearance on David Letterman's late-night talk show and from there embarked upon a three-year cross-country tour. Lewis had great success with his first cable TV special, I'm in Pain, in 1986. His second special, The Richard Lewis I'm Exhausted Concert, earned him a nomination for a Cable ACE award in 1988. Two years later his third special, I'm Doomed, was similarly nominated. He and Jamie Lee Curtis starred in the popular ABC sitcom Anything but Love from 1989 to 1992. In the early '90s, he took a break from standup. He launched his film career in 1988 with That's Adequate and continued to occasionally appear in supporting or character roles, notably in the independent film Drunks (1995) in which he won kudos for his dramatic portrayal of an alcoholic junkie. Lewis starred in a short-lived sitcom, Daddy Dearest (1993), and did not again try a television series until he and comic Kevin Nealon co-starred in Hiller and Diller in 1997. His 1995 standup routine "Magical Misery Tour" won considerable kudos and was the basis for a well-received 1996 cable special, shot live from the Bottom Line club in New York. Since 1987, Lewis was actively involved with HBO's annual Comic Relief benefits, large star-studded comedy shows in which all proceeds go toward helping the homeless.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
40% She's Funny That Way
  • Al Finkelstein
2015
36% Misery Loves Comedy
  • Actor
2014
67% Navajazo
  • Actor
2014
53% Vamps
  • Danny
2012
No Score Yet Looking For Lenny
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Sunset Strip
  • Actor
2012
80% Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project
  • Actor
2008
79% The Aristocrats
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Confessions of an Action Star
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Game Day
  • Steve Adler
1999
31% Hugo Pool
  • Chic Chicalini
1997
No Score Yet A Weekend in the Country
  • Bobby
1996
No Score Yet Richard Lewis: Magical Misery Tour
  • Actor
1996
90% Leaving Las Vegas
  • Peter
1995
No Score Yet The Danger of Love
  • Edward Sanders
1995
50% Drunks
  • Jim
1995
0% Wagons East!
  • Phil
1994
48% Robin Hood: Men in Tights
  • Prince John
1993
No Score Yet The Last Party
  • Actor
1993
15% National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1
  • Actor
1993
0% Once Upon a Crime
  • Julian
1991
No Score Yet Richard Lewis - I'm Doomed
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet That's Adequate
  • Pimples Lapedes
1989
No Score Yet The Wrong Guys
  • Richard Lewis
1988
No Score Yet Richard Lewis - Concerts from Hell: The Vintage Years
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet Richard Lewis - I'm in Pain
  • Actor
1985
62% History of the World---Part I
  • Actor
1981
No Score Yet W.A. Mozart - Idomeneo
  • Actor
1974
No Score Yet The Mind Snatchers
  • Producer
1972
No Score Yet All-Star Salute to the Improv
  • Actor
No Score Yet Richard Lewis - I'm Exhausted
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet 'Til Death
2006-2010
  • Miles Tunnicliff
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Two and a Half Men
2003-2015
  • Stan Beiber
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
No Score Yet Alias
2001-2006
  • Counterintelligence Threat Analyst Mitchell Yeager
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
No Score Yet Inside Comedy
2012-2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet George Lopez
2002-2007
  • Phillip Nickleson
Lass es, Larry!
2000-2011
  • Richard Lewis
53% Code Black
2015
  • Stewart Gough
No Score Yet The Green Room With Paul Provenza
2010-2011
  • Guest
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
98% Curb Your Enthusiasm
2000-2011
  • Richard Lewis Richard
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet MADtv
1995-2009
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
53% Blunt Talk
2015
  • Dr. Weiss
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest

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