The radiant, notably irrational comedian Richard Lewis is recognized by millions from his thousands of TV and radio appearances, HBO comedy specials and his sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall. He was born on June 29th 1947 in Brooklyn, but raised in New Jersey. He was the son of Blanche, an actress, and William Lewis, a caterer. Richard Lewis graduated from Dwight Morrow High School and after that Richard Lewis attended Ohio State University as marketing major. Lewis also studied communications alongside. After graduation, Richard Lewis worked as the leading copywriter for a publicity agency. Four years into his career, Richard Lewis discarded it to become a major comedian, making his club debut in Greenwich Village in 1972.
Richard Lewis: An Actor
Richard Lewis first break came when Lewis won a standard performance at Budd Friedman's the Improve comedy society and then debuted on The Tonight Show. Lewis became really well known in 1979 when Richard Lewis co-wrote and starred in Diary of a Young Comic, a show which got him an offbeat following. This achievement led him to become a television writer. In 1982, Richard Lewis made his first appearance on David Letterman's late-night talk show and from there get on upon a three-year cross-country tour. Lewis was a great sensation with his first cable TV special; I'm in Pain, in 1986. His second special, The Richard Lewis I'm Exhausted Concert, produced him a recommendation for a Cable ACE award in 1988.
In continuing to redefine himself, he prolonged his acting career by making diverse kinds of selections. Lewis took on his initial theatrical role in Drunks, co-starring Dianne Weist, Faye Dunaway and Amanda Plummer. Built around an AA meeting, Richard received rant appraisal as the central character, Jimmy Epstein, an addict combating for his existence. Lewis also got exceptional notices for his small part appearance as an agent in a different film that dealt with alcoholism, Leaving Las Vegas. Furthering his 'indie' credits, Lewis also finished the film Gameday, as Coach Adler, a university basketball trainer whose personal life is in muddle but, on the court and in the locker room, he's bright. Satirically Lewis had, prior in life, encountered some of the same troubles these films deal with and he is frankly honest about them in his book. The equal neuroses and dysfunctions that had been the basis for his successful stage character and produced so much magnificent substance for his comedy wore greatly upon him.
With plenty of other small acting appearances and TV series at his disposal, far and away his much loved was his four year part in ABC’s critically much admired series Anything But Love, co-starring with Jamie Lee Curtis. Late night T.V. viewers, Howard Stern fans in general are common with his regular guest appearances. He may hold title of having the majority of the late night appearances, chalking up over 50 each on Late Night with David Letterman and the Tonight Show alone.
Along with continuing personal appearances and innumerable acting roles, in 2003 Richard Lewis returns as a recurring guest star to the AFI award-winning, nominated weekly HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm as one of Larry David’s nearby associates as is true in real life. Mr. Lewis also carries on appearing as Rabbi Glass in the critically celebrated family drama 7th Heaven on the WB network
Richard Lewis: An Author
In 2000, Richard Lewis wrote a book The Other Great Depression, which stated his recovery from alcoholism, and was told that he was not an alcoholic. At 44, Richard Lewis found himself on a gurney in the ER, toxic with alcohol and hallucination from excess drug use. How he got to that point, how he got on the road to recovery, and how he copes with being Richard Lewis moderate on a daily basis are the themes of the very amusing, profoundly frank, stimulating and cynical innovative book, 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.