Sunday, March 11, 2007

Comic Richard Jeni Is Apparent Suicide

The Associated Press reports that comedian Richard Jeni is dead after apparently shooting himself:
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 45-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.

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.

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."

Very sad news....Richard Jeni was one of those comedians who always seemed to be around--for roasts, Comedy Central specials, talk shows, etc.--without ever becoming a big star.

So many comics seem to have a very dark side--tears of a clown and so on--that it almost seems to be a prerequisite for the job...


kat said...

Why why why would he do this? I don't understand it.

jennifer said...

There are rumors that he was ill...