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Richard Jeni (1962–March 10, 2007) was an American stand-up comedian.
Raised in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, New York, Richard Jeni first received recognition through a series of Showtime stand-up specials and frequent appearances on The Tonight Show. Top executives at HBO noticed Jeni's talent, and he was soon picked up for his first appearance on the HBO Comedy Hour in 1992, entitled Richard Jeni: Platypus Man.
The show was well-received, and Jeni would return for two more shows, and go on to receive a CableACE Award for one of his HBO specials. Jeni would also star on the short-lived UPN sitcom Platypus Man and appear in the Jim Carrey film The Mask. He also starred in commercial campaigns for Certs, Arby's, and won a Clio Award for his work as a writer/performer in a campaign for the Milk Association.
Jeni's website claims that he appeared more on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno than any other stand-up comedian, dating back to when The Tonight Show was hosted by Johnny Carson.
In 2004, Jeni was named number 57 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 greatest standups of all time.
Jeni was a graduate of Hunter College, where he majored in political science.
According to police, Jeni was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on March 10, 2007.
Richard Jeni:Platypus Man (1992)
Richard Jeni:A Good Catholic Boy (1997)
Richard Jeni:A Big Steaming Pile of Me (2005)
Richard Jeni:Boy From New York City (1990)
Richard Jeni:Crazy From The Heat (1992)
An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn (1998) as Jerry Glover
The Mask (1994) as Charlie Schumaker
Bird (1988) as Morello
"My mother never saw the irony of calling me a son of a *****."