|Birth name Richard Philip Lewis|
Height 1.75 m
|Years active 1971–present|
Spouse Joyce Lapinsky (m. 2005)
Name Richard Lewis
Parents Blanche Lewis
|Born June 29, 1947 (age 68)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S. (1947-06-29) |
Medium Stand-up, television, film
Genres Black comedy, surreal humor
Subject(s) Self-deprecation, neuroticism, psychotherapy, hypochondria, paranoia, depression, human sexuality, Jewish culture, pop culture, family, eating disorders
Books The Other Great Depression: How I'm Overcoming on a Daily Basis at Least a Million Addictions and Dysfunctions and Finding a Spiritual (Sometimes) Life
Movies and TV shows Curb Your Enthusiasm, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Leaving Las Vegas, Anything but Love, Vamps
Similar People Larry David, Jeff Garlin, Roger Rees, Cheryl Hines, Susie Essman
Comic relief richard lewis stand up comedy
Richard Philip Lewis (born June 29, 1947) is an American stand-up comedian and actor.
He came to prominence in the 1980s as a comedian specializing in self-deprecating humor before turning to acting. He is known for co-starring in the comedy series Anything but Love (1989-92) and for his recurring and semi-autobiographical role in Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000-present).
Lewis was born in Brooklyn, New York and was raised in Englewood, New Jersey. His father worked as a caterer and his mother was an actress. Lewis is Jewish. He later attended Ohio State University. He was a member of the Eta chapter of Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity during his time in college.
Lewis began performing stand-up comedy in the 1970s. He worked as a copywriter for an ad agency by day, while honing his stand-up act at night. The ad agency was named Contemporary Graphics (now defunct) and was located above Lovey's pizzeria in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey. Lewis gained popularity in the 1980s with numerous appearances on Late Night with David Letterman and his own television specials on HBO. He co-starred with Jamie Lee Curtis on Anything but Love, which ran for four seasons, and with Don Rickles on Daddy Dearest. He had a recurring role in Rude Awakening, as Rabbi Richard Glass in 7th Heaven, and appeared in the Tales from the Crypt episode "Whirlpool." Lewis has written comic articles for magazines such as Playboy, and endorsed the popular early-1990s beverage Boku, as well as Snapple and Certs breath mints. In 2007, he made a cameo appearance as Phillip in George Lopez. Recently, he also made cameos in Everybody Hates Chris as an old man in the hospital bed next to Chris Rock and as Charlie Sheen's accountant in Two and a Half Men.
Lewis has also achieved moderate success in films, appearing as Prince John in Robin Hood: Men in Tights, as a frontier doctor in Wagons East!, as an unemployed actor in Once Upon A Crime and as himself in The Wrong Guys. He played the lead role of Jimmy Epstein in Drunks and in Game Day. Lewis also appeared in the dramatic pictures Leaving Las Vegas, Hugo Pool, and The Maze. He made his acting debut in Diary of a Young Comic.
On January 9, 2001, Lewis visited The Howard Stern Show to promote his book The Other Great Depression, which described his recovery from alcoholism. Lewis has been sober since August 4, 1994.
He had a frequent recurring role as a character based on himself in Curb Your Enthusiasm. Larry David and Lewis met at summer camp in Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York when they were 13.
He is #45 on Comedy Central's list of "100 Greatest Standups of All Time."
"The ______ from hell"
Lewis claims to be the originator of the phrase "The ______ from hell" as in "the night from hell", "the date from hell" or "the roommate from hell". This theory is expounded in the Curb Your Enthusiasm episode "The Nanny from Hell." Lewis has petitioned the editors of Bartlett's to be given credit for the coinage, but the editors claim that the phrase was a common idiom prior to Lewis's use of it. For example, during World War I, kilted Scottish soldiers were given the nickname "The Ladies from Hell" (translation of German "Die Damen aus der Hölle") by German troops. However, the Yale Book of Quotations does attribute the phrase to Lewis.
Lewis is noted for always wearing an all-black outfit.