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April 14, 1995 | GLENN DOGGRELL
* Hollywood: "In the hierarchy of respect, movies are God, TV is scum, and stand-up is somewhere between porno and dwarf-tossing." * Pornography: "They should call it 'stuff that never happens to you--ever--starring women you will never be with.' " * Success: "Financially, I'm doing well. I've gone beyond the platinum American Express card and have applied for the Kryptonite card. It's so powerful you can walk up to people and demand $500 in cash."
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March 12, 2007 | Adrian G. Uribarri, Times Staff Writer
Richard Jeni, a Los Angeles comedian who played to sold-out crowds at Hollywood's Laugh Factory and appeared frequently on NBC's "Tonight" show, died Saturday in an apparent suicide, police said. Police found Jeni inside a West Hollywood home Saturday, after responding to a 9:50 a.m. emergency call. The caller, a woman whom officials did not identify, told the operator, "My boyfriend shot himself in the face," Los Angeles police said.
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March 12, 2007 | Adrian G. Uribarri, Times Staff Writer
Richard Jeni, a Los Angeles comedian who played to sold-out crowds at Hollywood's Laugh Factory and appeared frequently on NBC's "Tonight" show, died Saturday in an apparent suicide, police said. Police found Jeni inside a West Hollywood home Saturday, after responding to a 9:50 a.m. emergency call. The caller, a woman whom officials did not identify, told the operator, "My boyfriend shot himself in the face," Los Angeles police said.
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March 6, 2001 | JON MATSUMOTO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Richard Jeni has been performing stand-up comedy for more than 20 years. And like a veteran rock star, he feels obligated to present plenty of his greatest hits--or should we say, greatest bits--onstage. "I've kind of got to do [a lot of my popular material during my live show]," explained Jeni, who performs at the Irvine Improv Wednesday through Saturday night. "I've done four HBO comedy hours. A lot of people have seen them.
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September 15, 1988 | DUNCAN STRAUSS
The thrill of Richard Jeni's set Tuesday at the Irvine Improvisation was something akin to the excitement of watching a favorite local band do a hometown gig just as its career is starting to click. That's when the anticipation and enthusiasm that surrounds the performance can transcend the mere details of what happens on stage. Jeni isn't really a local boy, but he's close--he's a transplanted New Yorker now living in Los Angeles.
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August 7, 1997 | GLENN DOGGRELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For Richard Jeni, putting out a 60-minute comedy special is difficult work, but it is also, well, special. Some comics balk at putting good material into one basket, fearing overexposure for their act--in their view, taping an hour's worth of material is tantamount to burning their club lines.
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March 16, 1993 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As a keen observer of the human condition who creates extended anecdotal bits marked by masterful timing and a theatrical flair for character impressions, Richard Jeni has earned a reputation as one of the top comedians on the club scene. But after five consecutive nominations for the American Comedy Award for best male stand-up comic, Jeni admitted he had begun to think he'd never win.
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March 6, 2001 | JON MATSUMOTO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Richard Jeni has been performing stand-up comedy for more than 20 years. And like a veteran rock star, he feels obligated to present plenty of his greatest hits--or should we say, greatest bits--onstage. "I've kind of got to do [a lot of my popular material during my live show]," explained Jeni, who performs at the Irvine Improv Wednesday through Saturday night. "I've done four HBO comedy hours. A lot of people have seen them.
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November 19, 1993 | GLENN DOGGRELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After Richard Jeni nearly brought the conversation to a halt earlier this week with a few yawns and a soft shuffle of a voice that suggested he was about to fall asleep, it begged the question: Big weekend? Not really, he said. Turns out it just more of a long, damp one. Jeni had just returned from Arizona after performing stand-up at the Tempe Improv. And it rained most of the time. "But you know Arizona," Jeni deadpanned. "It was a dry rain."
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April 4, 1997
*** RICHARD JENI "Greatest Bits" Uproar Entertainment When Richard Jeni decided to do a comedy album after years of success with cable specials, including the CableAce-winning "Platypus Man," he knew he was venturing into a form just regaining consciousness. Until Jeff Foxworthy, Adam Sandler and Bill Engvall struck gold with comedy CDs recently, record labels were largely considering the genre a dead art. In "Greatest Bits," Jeni adds to the case for revival of the species.
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June 15, 2000
IRVINE 8pm Pop Music Walter Becker and Donald Fagen were never ones to hop on a bandwagon, which is probably why "Two Against Nature," their first Steely Dan album in 20 years, sounds as timeless as their '70s work. * Steely Dan, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 8808 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine. 8 p.m. $24-$71.50. (949) 855-2863.
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August 7, 1997 | GLENN DOGGRELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For Richard Jeni, putting out a 60-minute comedy special is difficult work, but it is also, well, special. Some comics balk at putting good material into one basket, fearing overexposure for their act--in their view, taping an hour's worth of material is tantamount to burning their club lines.
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April 4, 1997
*** RICHARD JENI "Greatest Bits" Uproar Entertainment When Richard Jeni decided to do a comedy album after years of success with cable specials, including the CableAce-winning "Platypus Man," he knew he was venturing into a form just regaining consciousness. Until Jeff Foxworthy, Adam Sandler and Bill Engvall struck gold with comedy CDs recently, record labels were largely considering the genre a dead art. In "Greatest Bits," Jeni adds to the case for revival of the species.
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April 14, 1995 | GLENN DOGGRELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Comedian-actor Richard Jeni looks at stand-up as his home and hearth. His film and TV work is just something to get him out of the house. "I'm not your typical actor with a beeper running around Hollywood for every audition. I'm really more like a comedian," said the 14-year veteran. "I can't ever imagine giving up stand-up. I still really, really enjoy it." Not that Jeni doesn't flick on his beeper now and then.
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April 14, 1995 | GLENN DOGGRELL
* Hollywood: "In the hierarchy of respect, movies are God, TV is scum, and stand-up is somewhere between porno and dwarf-tossing." * Pornography: "They should call it 'stuff that never happens to you--ever--starring women you will never be with.' " * Success: "Financially, I'm doing well. I've gone beyond the platinum American Express card and have applied for the Kryptonite card. It's so powerful you can walk up to people and demand $500 in cash."
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November 25, 1994 | GLENN DOGGRELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Richard Jeni, the ever-popular boy from New York City and among the most sought-after stand-ups in the country, hooks audiences when he serves up observations on the human condition. The comedian, who's playing the Irvine Improv tonight through Sunday, likes to use characters to act out his bits as he drives home a point, fully exploring it with rapid-fire punch lines. This way, he doesn't have to keep jump-starting the audience. Once they're laughing, he keeps them laughing.
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June 15, 2000
IRVINE 8pm Pop Music Walter Becker and Donald Fagen were never ones to hop on a bandwagon, which is probably why "Two Against Nature," their first Steely Dan album in 20 years, sounds as timeless as their '70s work. * Steely Dan, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 8808 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine. 8 p.m. $24-$71.50. (949) 855-2863.
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March 26, 1991 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Richard Jeni, the streetwise comedian once described as "the illegitimate son of Robin Williams and Bruce Willis," has been on a roll since he made his first appearance on "The Tonight Show" in 1988. Not only have his fans nominated him twice ('88 and '89) for an American Comedy Award as the Best Male Comedy Club Performer, but he was named Comedy USA's Best Nightclub Comedian in '89, an award voted by comedians and club owners.
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November 19, 1993 | GLENN DOGGRELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After Richard Jeni nearly brought the conversation to a halt earlier this week with a few yawns and a soft shuffle of a voice that suggested he was about to fall asleep, it begged the question: Big weekend? Not really, he said. Turns out it just more of a long, damp one. Jeni had just returned from Arizona after performing stand-up at the Tempe Improv. And it rained most of the time. "But you know Arizona," Jeni deadpanned. "It was a dry rain."
ENTERTAINMENT
March 16, 1993 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As a keen observer of the human condition who creates extended anecdotal bits marked by masterful timing and a theatrical flair for character impressions, Richard Jeni has earned a reputation as one of the top comedians on the club scene. But after five consecutive nominations for the American Comedy Award for best male stand-up comic, Jeni admitted he had begun to think he'd never win.
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