Monday, March 12, 2007

Rest in Peace Richard Jeni

from Reuters:

Stand-up comedian and actor Richard Jeni, a regular on NBC's "The Tonight Show," has died in an apparent suicide, police said on Sunday.

Los Angeles police spokeswoman Norma Eisenman said a woman called police on Saturday morning from the West Hollywood area and said: "My boyfriend just shot himself in the face."

Jeni, 45, was found alive and taken to hospital but was pronounced dead about an hour later, Eisenman said.

The weird thing is he had this bit about how watching porn makes you slit your wrists. You're watching other people have way more fun than you might as well just end it all. I heard this joke in high school and loved it as a frustrated teenager. I think he also had another joke about how Phil Collins's "Against All Odds" makes you wanna kill yourself. Very sad news.

Richard Jeni was a great comedian. And in this clip he was also a great Hollywood Heckler. RIP.


sammyray said...

Yeah, this was a real bummer. It's always saddest when the clowns die, especially like this. It's hard to listen to them afterwards and not think about what goes on behind the scenes.

Mo Diggs said...

Yeah it really makes all his jokes sadder.