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Richard Jeni RIP

Discussion in 'South Oval' started by Mjcpr, Mar 12, 2007.

  1. Mjcpr

    Mjcpr SoonerFans.com Elite Member


    LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Richard Jeni, a standup comedian who played to sold-out crowds, was a regular on the "Tonight Show" and appeared in movies, died of a gunshot wound in an apparent suicide, police said Sunday.

    Police found the 49-year-old comedian alive but gravely injured in a West Hollywood home when they responded to a call Saturday morning from Jeni's girlfriend, Los Angeles Police Officer Norma Eisenman said.

    Eisenman said the caller told police: "My boyfriend shot himself in the face."
    Jeni died at a nearby hospital.

    Eisenman said suicide had not been officially confirmed and the investigation was continuing. An autopsy on Jeni would be done Monday, said Lt. Fred Corral from the investigation division of the coroner's office.

    Jeni regularly toured the country with a standup act and had starred in several HBO comedy specials, most recently "A Big Steaming Pile of Me" during the 2005-06 season. (Read a sampling of Jeni's lines.)

    Another HBO special, "Platypus Man," won a Cable ACE award for best standup comedy special, and formed the basis for his UPN sitcom of the same name, which ran for one season.

    Jeni's movie credits included "The Mask," in which he played Jim Carrey's best friend, "The Aristocrats," "National Lampoon's Dad's Week Off," and "An Alan Smithee Film: Burn, Hollywood, Burn."

    He had guest appearances in the TV shows "Everybody Hates Chris," "Married: With Children," and updated versions of the game shows "Hollywood Squares" and "Match Game."

    Frazer Smith, standup comedian who often opened for Jeni and the emcee at the Ice House, where Jeni often performed, said young comedians looked up to him.

    "He was probably one of the best standup comedians in the last 50 years," said Smith. "He had tons and tons of material. He was looked up to by all the young comedians, a total pro."

    The Brooklyn-born comic first received national attention in 1990 with the Showtime special "Richard Jeni: Boy From New York City." Two years later, his "Crazy From the Heat" special attracted the highest ratings in Showtime's history.
    Jeni became a frequent guest on "The Tonight Show" during Johnny Carson's reign and continued to appear after Jay Leno took over as host.

    He also wrote comic material for the 2005 Academy Awards, which was hosted by his friend Chris Rock.

  2. BigRedJed

    BigRedJed Mmm... ...ribs.

    There's some speculation that he was terminally ill, and had just made a very large donation to charity.
  3. Mjcpr

    Mjcpr SoonerFans.com Elite Member

    That picture of him at that link I provided wouldn't cause anyone to dispute that; I was thinking he didn't look too good there.
  4. jk the sooner fan

    jk the sooner fan loved by all

    wow....one of the funny ones
  5. Viking Kitten

    Viking Kitten SoonerFans.com Elite Member

    That's a bummer. He was really funny.
  6. picasso

    picasso SoonerFans.com Elite Member

    sorry but I'm not going out like that.
  7. Scott D

    Scott D SoonerFans.com Elite Member

    bummer, the guy was hilarious.
  8. Pricetag

    Pricetag SoonerFans.com Elite Member

    "Platypus Man" was awesome. I just saw a rerun of it recently on HBO.
  9. C&CDean

    C&CDean Administrator

    People commiting suicide rarely shoot themself in the face. Head, mouth, under the chin maybe, but the "face." Weird.
  10. Tailwind

    Tailwind SoonerFans.com Elite Member

    I was just thinking that same thing. Weird. But he was a very funny guy.
  11. StoopTroup

    StoopTroup New Member

    RIP Richard...

    Thanks for the laughs.


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