Richard Jeni

Possessing keen insight and a razor sharp wit, comedian Richard Jeni was a tireless stand-up performer who toured relentlessly and starred in a number of cable specials that helped make him one of the hardest working ... Read more »
Born: 10/31/1962 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (34)

Richard Jeni: A Big Steaming Pile of Me 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Shorties Watchin' Shorties 2004 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Test 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Later 1993 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist 1994 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Open Mic 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

Burn, Hollywood, Burn 1998 (Movie)

Jerry Glover (Actor)

Richard Jeni: A Good Catholic Boy 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Full Frontal Comedy 1994 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

What a World 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Caroline's Comedy Hour 1989 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

CityKids All Star Celebration 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Comic Relief VII 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Honda Presents: Comedy Del Sol 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Platypus Man 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1995 ESPY Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Presenter

Baseball Relief: An All-Star Comedy Salute 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

New Year's Eve '94 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mask 1994 (Movie)

Charlie Shumacher (Actor)

Comics Only 1990 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Richard Jeni: Platypus Man 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 14th Annual CableACE Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Presenter

Richard Jeni -- Crazy From the Heat 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Laugh!s 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Richard Jeni: The Boy From New York City 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Showtime Presents: Jonathan Winters & Friends 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Twelfth Annual Young Comedians Show 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Bird 1988 (Movie)

Morello (Actor)

Showtime Comedy Club All-Stars 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

It's Just a Ride (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (1)

The 77th Annual Academy Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Writer

Biography

Possessing keen insight and a razor sharp wit, comedian Richard Jeni was a tireless stand-up performer who toured relentlessly and starred in a number of cable specials that helped make him one of the hardest working and most beloved comics in the business. Drawing big laughs from varied topics like dating, dieting and politics, Jeni developed a reputation as a comic's comic, while earning a great deal of respect for his generous support of his friends. After making his television debut on "Just for Laughs" (Showtime, 1986), Jeni landed his first solo special, "Richard Jeni: The Boy from New York City" (Showtime, 1989), while becoming a regular on late night talk shows. He went on to his second comedy special, "Richard Jeni: Crazy from the Heat" (Showtime, 1991), before going over to rival HBO for "Richard Jeni: Platypus Man" (1992). Jeni next turned up in a supporting role opposite Jim Carrey in "The Mask" (1994), which turned out to be his most significant feature role. Following a failed sitcom, "Platypus Man" (UPN, 1995-96), he hit his peak with a seemingly non-stop touring schedule that ultimately did not result in many more feature and television appearances outside of his stand-up routine. In March 2007, Jeni committed suicide following a diagnosis of depression and schizophrenia that shocked friends and fans alike, leaving behind an incomplete career that, despite its tragic end, was full of laughter.

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