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Old 03-11-07, 05:53 AM
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Richard Jeni dead?

On alt.obituaries, someone posted that he received a MySpace bulletin that comedian Richard Jeni has committed suicide. He posted a link to http://sheckymagazine.com/ which has the story at the top as of now.

I hope this is all just a silly rumor and I'll delete the thread if so, but does anyone have any more information on this?
Old 03-11-07, 06:03 AM
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Richard Jeni Dead: Comedian Found Shot, Self Inflicted
By Jack Ryan
Mar 11, 2007

Richard Jeni is dead? According to police, Jeni was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on March 10, 2007. His website has gone dark and the story is still developing.

Richard Jeni was an American stand-up comedian. He was raised in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, New York. Jeni first received recognition through a series of Showtime stand-up specials and frequent appearances on The Tonight Show.

HBO brass noticed Jeni's talent, and he was soon picked up for his first appearance on the coveted HBO Comedy Hour in 1992, entitled Richard Jeni: Platypus Man. The show received critical acclaim, and Jeni would return for two more shows.

Throughout the 90's, awards and accolades continued to pile up and Richard's growing popularity was making him a sold-out attraction in concert venues. A particular thrill was when George Carlin handed Richard the American Comedy Award for "Best Male Stand-up" on ABC TV. He hosted A&E's "Caroline's Comedy Hour" for two years and the show won the Cable ACE Award for "Best Stand-Up Comedy Show". He hosted the infotainment series "What A World" for The Learning Channel and was nominated for "Best Magazine Host". He became a popular guest on all the major talk shows while sprinkling in stints as a sardonic and hilarious correspondent for "Entertainment Tonight".

Jeni would also star on the short-lived UPN sitcom Platypus Man and appear in the Jim Carrey film The Mask. He also has starred in various TV commercials for Certs, Arby's, and won a CLIO Award for his work as a writer/performer in a campaign for the Milk Association.

In 1998, a Coca-Cola executive in Atlanta heard some of Richard's routines on the radio and was inspired to create "Concession Stand-Up Comedy Starring Richard Jeni", a series of short stand-up pieces that ran during the trailers on over 10,000 movie screens in 1998 and were seen by over 48 million people.

Jeni's Web site biography claims that he has 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.

http://www.postchronicle.com/news/or...21268468.shtml
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It's already in his Wiki article.

For those who recognize the name, here's a photo:

<img src="http://www.associatedentertainment.com/aec/images/main/Richard-Jeni.jpg">
Old 03-11-07, 06:17 AM
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damn, liked his special he did on hbo about a year or so ago.
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wonder what the health issue was?


RIP richard
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Oh man! That's too bad. He was a very funny guy.

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I especially remember his old routine about the NFL football ref who used his mike to talk to the crowd about his life and problems. That was comedy Gold.
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The Bachelor chef was really funny too
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So long Platypus Man.... you will be missed
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Originally Posted by Rypro 525
damn, liked his special he did on hbo about a year or so ago.
Apparently, he didn't.

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A Gunshot? PUSSY!!!!

Real men cut their arms off
Old 03-11-07, 12:00 PM
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It always amazes me how many people are ready to believe something just because Wikipedia says it.

I'm not saying that it's 100% positive that the story is false, but the fact that only a cheesy newspaper with a disclaimer that reads "The Post Chronicle™ accepts no responsibility for the accuracy or inaccuracies of any story or opinion" is running this story and not CNN, Reuters, AP or anyone else... well, that sorta rings high on the bullshit meter.

The fact that Jeni's website greets you with a warning that it contains malware that could be harmful to your computer is a little odd also.

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Old 03-11-07, 12:22 PM
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Well that would suck, if it's true . . . I loved the Platypus Man HBO special. I kept looking for it to come out on DVD.


But it never has.
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Who?
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Originally Posted by eXcentris
Who?
Somewhat well known comedian.
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Nothing on any of the legit news websites I looked at, and whatever was at his Wiki article seems to be gone. It doesn't mention him being dead. I tried his website but Google gave me a warning about Malware and told me I shouldn't go there.
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Originally Posted by Bushdog
Somewhat well known comedian.
Nevermind, I should have looked at the damn picture. His face seems familiar but I can't say I've ever seen him perform.

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Old 03-11-07, 01:21 PM
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ExtraTV is also reporting it.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Richard_Jeni#Disputed
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Holy shit I loved Platypus Man, My name is Rick, I have a gaint dick, HI HO HI HO
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I am shocked. I really liked Jeni. He was one of the only comedians that could consistently make me laugh. I've been a fan of his for a long time.
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It's on CNN's website now

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/03/11/com....ap/index.html
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Originally Posted by talemyn
Well that would suck, if it's true . . . I loved the Platypus Man HBO special. I kept looking for it to come out on DVD.


But it never has.
I'm sure a DVD will be made now.
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I enjoyed the man's comedy. This is pretty sad.
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This reminds me of an article I read a few years ago in Esquire called "Are You Fucked Up Enough To Be A Comedian"? Or something like that. Basically discussed how the best comedians are the most depressed. Woody Allen, Bill Hicks, Sam Kinison, Richard Pryor, Chris Farley, etc. It a really interesting article.
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Originally Posted by DVD Polizei
I'm sure a DVD will be made now.
Yeah, you're probably right. Sad that this is what it took.

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