RICHARD LEWIS

Perhaps Mel Brooks put it best when he said, "Richard Lewis may just be the
Franz Kafka of modern day comedy."

Lewis has taken his lifelong therapy fodder and carved it into a commanding, compelling art form.
His early career as a stand-up brought him to the top of his ranks. Over time and through a variety of
mediums, he broadened his exposure and more and more came on board to appreciate his
brilliantly warped world.

The NY Times said, “This renowned comedian, often considered to be the heir to Lenny Bruce, is a
master of long form storytelling who turns his endless neurotic energy into brilliant comedy.”
Comedy Central has recognized Mr. Lewis as one of the top 50 stand-up comedians of all-time and
he was charted on GQ Magazine's list of the '20th Century's Most Influential Humorists'. In December
of 1989, Lewis achieved a very personal goal...he performed at Carnegie Hall to a standing room
only audience.

HIGHLIGHTS 2014/2015:
Richard is elated that a box set; "Bundle of Nerves,” which includes never distributed, timeless
films spanning over 4 decades will finally be available as a 2 disc DVD set in Sept. 2014. It
includes the 1979 classic, SNL's "Diary of a Young Comic," the dramatic film "Drunks,” and his
"Magical Misery Tour" acclaimed HBO special taped live at the famous Bottom Line in NYC. The
venue is no longer there but was made famous by Springsteen among others. A bonus
documentary of his former, nearly 100 year-old house in the Hollywood Hills, is a never-beforeseen
film moderated by Lewis sharing his comedic and dark life through pictures and
artifacts which will both shock and delight his fans. The DVD box set is being released by the
Canadian company, Video Service Corp.
In 2015, his second book is out, "Reflections from Hell", published by Powerhouse Books. Here he
collaborates with famed NY artist and longtime friend, Carl Nicholas Titolo, in which Mr. Lewis'
darkly humorous thoughts are shown through the imagery of the brilliant artist.

TELEVISION:
Lewis loved being part of HBO’s "Curb Your Enthusiasm." The eight season series had SAG nominate
Lewis for his work in the ensemble category for his recurring guest star role, playing true-to-life as one
of Larry David's closest friends in "CYE.” The show garnered many awards to include 39 Emmy
nominations and much high praise. Vanity Fair stated, "The supporting cast of Larry David's Curb
Your Enthusiasm is a murderer's row of stand-up comedians--Jeff Garlin, Susie Essman, Richard
Lewis, Cheryl Hines, Shelley Berman--cutting loose in character roles with killer instinct."
Through the years Richard has received much kudos for his work alongside his buddy, Larry David.
The New York Times commented that, "...not nearly enough of Richard Lewis, whose job is the
hardest of all because his character must truly suffer and endure in a context where feelings are as
anathema as M&M's in a dentist's office. Never upsetting the show's distinct tenor of emotional
apathy, Mr. Lewis here showcases his particular genius through a bout with kidney failure. He needs
a new one, and oh, by the way, guess who isn't donating?" The Los Angeles Times added, ..."But it's
comedian Richard Lewis-- himself famous for an act built on despair--who memorably sulks his way
through a pair of early episodes as one of the few people in the business who can match David
hang-up for hang-up, neurosis for neurosis...David and Lewis reluctantly help a blind man move
furniture in his new apartment. It's a classic.

STAND-UP:
Still after all these years, Lewis remains addicted to performing before live audiences and is on a
continuous “ Tracks of My Fears” stand-up tour. In live performance he is often compared to a jazz
musician for his wild riffs that fly out into space but always find a way to float back into rhythm as
they splatter recurring themes against a spiraling, lyrical backdrop. Howard Reich of the Chicago
Tribune recently noted, in a piece comparing comedy and jazz, “In Lenny Bruce's fantasy,
celebrated writers would say: "This guy is the greatest jazz sound in the world – he's so hip, his name
is Lenny Bruce.' To this day, Bruce's foremost heir -- comedian Richard Lewis -- conveys the lightning
energy of a solo by bebop icon Charlie Parker." A N.Y. Post article noted; "Richard Lewis built the
strongest stand-up comedy career on a blazing trail of neuroses since Woody Allen. Another time
Reich reflected on his history with Lewis. "Nearly 20 years ago... I headed for Zanies and witnessed
the most audacious comic wordsmith this side of Lenny Bruce: a young neurotic comedian named
Richard Lewis. Ever since that revelatory evening, I've followed Richard's ascent as perhaps the
most gifted comedian of his generation." Indeed others agree. The Baltimore Jewish Times said,
"Lewis is oftentimes compared to the late Lenny Bruce, the prolific, dissenting comedic voice of the
'60's. And the two share many things in common-- Judaism, an uncommon intelligence and
irreverence for topics considered untouchable. Like Bruce, Mr. Lewis lays his soul bare on the stage,
with fearlessness and many times, recklessness..." City Weekly of Salt Lake City concurred,
"Nowhere will you find an entertainer so committed to his craft as comedian Richard Lewis.... His
ability to keep people laughing at his self-loathing and dark views on every aspect of his life is what
keeps him one of the greatest comedians of all time."

At Mort Sahl’s birthday tribute, featuring a who's who of comic genius, Mark Groubert writing for
Crooksandliars.com, commented: "But this Night at the Opera belonged to none other than Richard
Lewis who has hit his comic stride entering the free form worlds of both Lenny Bruce and the
underappreciated Lord Buckley. Groovin' high, and dressed in a zippered black suit possibly
designed by the mistress of the Dali Lama, the 'Prince of Pain' came to compete. Melting the house
and forcing grown men to weep openly Richard Lewis bombarded the crowd from one obtuse
comedy angle after another. If this was the comedy World Series, Lewis was the King in his Court. For
nearly twenty minutes he induced non-stop howling by every living, breathing thing in the house."
Philadelphia's City Paper says, "Indeed, he is the Jimi Hendrix of monologists, whose virtuoso freeform
riffs on ex-girlfriends, family and other antagonistic denizens from hell are delivered in a
mesmerizing, stream-of-consciousness frenzy, a piss-yourself-laughing assault on the senses. Not
only is he one of the undisputed masters of postmodern comedy, but also to incurable, selfloathing
neurotics he is a patron saint who deserves to be canonized".

Vintage Lewis is available in the box set of his “Concerts from Hell” (The Vintage Years), containing
three comedy specials: HBO originally aired "I'm Exhausted," earning him an ACE nomination for Best
Stand-Up Comedy Special and “I'm Doomed”, his second for HBO, also earned an Ace
nomination. His cable-special debut, "I'm In Pain" had aired on Showtime. Playboy says, "Kvetching
is elevated to surreal art in these great comedy performances. The titles say it all. Don't miss."

LITERARY:
Lewis wrote his memoir, "The Other Great Depression," published by the prestigious Perseus/ Public
Affairs in 2000. It is as brave, insightful and forthcoming as is his comedy. He deconstructs his substance
abuse and recovery, skewing it his unique way. The book is a collection of fearless, essay style riffs
featuring Lewis' dark stream-of- consciousness personal observations. Also, the reissue of "The Other
Great Depression" is on audiobook, read unabridged by the author for Phoenix Audio. "Richard Lewis
Naked," a documentary following Richard behind the scenes on his promotional book tour, is also
available.

The Huffington Post said this of the book: "Other than Lewis's paperback catharsis, which probably
belongs in the alienated, dyspeptic Jewish-American canon along with Philip Roth, Henry Roth, Lenny
Bruce, and all the rest, comedians' memoirs tend to be pretty breezy--and very short--reads...” New
York Magazine said, "Lewis's standard of total honesty has allowed him to unearth neuroses he'd never
even touch onstage--or on the couch." Entertainment Weekly added, [An] urgent, nervous, heartfelt
book . . .Lewis writes with an addict's jumpy restlessness, staggering from hurt to hurt, from tensely jokey
confession to confession, from twitchy spiritual discovery to discovery."; --USA Today said it was
"Candid and inspirational." ; While the Cleveland Plain Dealer notes, "Lewis” has narrative gifts few
celebrity authors exhibit."

Lewis has been a contributing writer for Playboy Magazine, writing numerous pieces over the years and
has penned many articles for numerous publications over the years . He has been featured,
mentioned and has contributed to countless books and most recently, "I'm Dying Up Here," which
chronicles the collective coming of age of the standup comedians who defined American humor
during the past three decades: Letterman, Leno, Robin Williams, Andy Kaufman, Richard Lewis and
Garry Shandling among others, by author William Knoedelseder.

FILM:
Slated for a 2015 release, Lewis has a cameo role in the Bogdanovich film, “She’s Funny That Way,”
starring Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson and an ensemble cast. His first defining film role was with his
appearance in "Leaving Las Vegas," which set the stage and led to his first major dramatic role as the
lead character, Jimmy Epstein, an addict fighting for his life in the indie film, "Drunks," along with a
brilliant cast that includes Dianne Weist, Faye Dunaway and Amanda Plummer. Built around an AA
meeting, he received rave reviews. He also starred in the multi-generationally beloved “Robin Hood
men In Tights.”

IN CLOSING:
With scores of diverse guest acting appearances in TV series and films, the closest to his heart was his
four year run in ABC's critically acclaimed series "Anything But Love," co- starring with Jamie Lee Curtis,
in "Anything but Love”. "Diary of a Young Comic," now considered a cult classic film, in which he had
the lead role and co-wrote, first aired on NBC in the "Saturday Night Live" time slot at its highest ratings
period. Late night TV viewers and media junkies in general are familiar with his frequent guest
appearances. He may hold title to having the most late night appearances, chalking up well over 100
appearances with Carson, Dave, Jay, Conan, Jon, Stern, Fal lon and Maher. Regarded by his peers
as a 'comic's comic', Lewis' neuroses have become a part of our vernacular as in the now iconic, "I had
a date from Hell!" He finally got his due when Yale's Book of Quotations attributed the now-common
phrase, "the [blank] from hell" to Mr. Lewis in 2006.

Richard is especially grateful for being sober for over 20 years. In Richard’s own words --"I go on a long
tour and make people happy that they're not me and go home.”

Follow Richard on Twitter @TheRichardLewis Media
Contact: Michelle Marx 719.231.2882
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