- Richard Jeni
name = Richard Jeni
birth_name = Richard John Colangelo
birth_date = birth date|1957|4|14|mf=y
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
death_date = death date and age|2007|3|10|1957|4|14
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
medium = Improv/Stand up
nationality = American
Richard John Colangelo (
April 14, 1957[http://richardjeni.com/vipergb/ DOB according to Jeni's Website] and Social Security Death Index.] – March 10 2007), better known by the stage nameof Richard Jeni,Cohen, Sandy. [http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2007/03/12/entertainment/e172312D33.DTL Autopsy results, cause of death pending for comic Richard Jeni] . " Associated Press". March 13 2007.] was an American stand-up comedian and actor.
Raised in an
Italian-Americanfamily in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn,Cite web|url=http://www.barberusa.com/comedy/richard-jeni.html|title=Richard Jeni|accessdate=2007-03-11|year=2007] he graduated with honors from Hunter College, earning a bachelor's degreein Comparative Politics. [cite web|url=http://imdb.com/name/nm0420732/|title=Richard Jeni bio|accessdate=2007-03-11]
Jeni first received recognition through a series of
Showtimestand-up specials and frequent appearances on " The Tonight Show". Top executives at HBOpicked up his first appearance on "The HBO Comedy Hour" in 1992, titled "Richard Jeni: Platypus Man".
The show was well-received and Jeni would return for two more shows, going on to receive a
CableACE Awardfor one of his HBO specials. Jeni would also star on the short-lived UPNsitcom " Platypus Man" and appeared in the Jim Carreyfilm "The Mask". Jeni composed the theme song ("I'm A Platypus Man") for his TV series. [imdb name | id = 0420732 ] He appeared in "The Aristocrats", " National Lampoon's Dad's Week Off", " Burn, Hollywood, Burn", and " Chasing Robert" [cite web | url = http://www.chasingrobert.com | title = Chasing Robert ] . He starred in commercial campaigns for Certsand Arby's, and won a Clio Awardfor his work as a writer/performer in an advertising campaign for the American Dairy Association.
Jeni appeared on "The Tonight Show" more than any other stand-up comedian, dating back to when the program was hosted by
Johnny Carson.cite web|url=http://www.symfonee.com/improv/chicago/comedians/Bio.aspx?Uid=a3dce2df-9dc4-11d4-8736-0001026c3d97| title=Richard Jeni |accessdate=2007-03-11 | publisher = www.symfonee.com] Jeni's death was referenced on the show by Jay Lenoon March 12 2007, with accompanying footage of Jeni's last appearance on "The Tonight Show".
In 2004, Jeni was ranked #57 on
Comedy Central's list of the "100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time". [imdb title | id = 0429332/ | title= Comedy Central Presents: 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time (2004)]
March 10, 2007, Jeni was found by his girlfriend with an apparent self-inflicted handgun wound to the face,cite news |author=BBC News |title=US comic dies in apparent suicide |url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/6440961.stm |publisher=BBC News: Entertainment |date=Monday, 12 March 2007 |accessdate=2007-03-12 ] in West Hollywood, California.cite news |author=Ryan, Jack |title=A Comedian's Sad Demise - Coroner: Before suicide, Richard Jeni was involuntarily hospitalized | url=http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2007/0627071jeni1.html |publisher=The Smoking Gun |date=June 27, 2007 |accessdate=2007-06-27 ] Police found him alive, but gravely injured when they arrived. He was quickly transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Centerin Los Angeles, where he died.cite news | author = Cholo, Ana Beatriz | url = http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/n/a/2007/03/11/state/n114828D53.DTL | title=Comic Richard Jeni dead, police investigating possible suicide | publisher = San Francisco Chronicle] Jeni was 49 years old. Suicidewas suspected but was not officially confirmed by police. His family later stated with certainty that the death was in fact a suicide, and that Jeni had recently been diagnosed with "severe clinical depressioncoupled with fits of psychotic paranoia."" [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/03/13/AR2007031301413.html Family Says Jeni Committed Suicide] ." " Associated Press" via " Washington Post." March 13, 2007. Retrieved on March 13 2007.] Jeni's death was marked by many homages, including specials on XM Satellite Radio, Carlos Mencia's reference on " Mind of Mencia", Turner Classic Movie Channel, and Bill Maher's HBOshow, " Real Time with Bill Maher" (Season 5, Episode 5) being dedicated to Jeni's memory.
* "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)
*imdb name|id=0420732|name=Richard Jeni
* [http://www.richardjeni.com/ RichardJeni.com] - Official site
ALTERNATIVE NAMES=Colangelo, Richard John
SHORT DESCRIPTION=American comedian
DATE OF BIRTH=
April 14, 1960
PLACE OF BIRTH=
Brooklyn, New York, United States
DATE OF DEATH=
March 10, 2007
PLACE OF DEATH=
Los Angeles, California, United States
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