Richard Jeni, a standup comedian who played to sold-out crowds, was a regular on the "Tonight Show" and appeared in movies, died of a gunshot wound in an apparent suicide, police said. Ed Winter said Monday. Jeni died Saturday from an apparent gunshot wound. … "We knew he was having some problems. It was so naughty and raucous and, best of all, forbidden—very appetizing to a kid—kind of like an X-rated treehouse. Jeni, who was still alive, appeared to have been felled by a single self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, according to Lopez. 'Toy Story' toys burn up in prank on mom
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"It's a way of blowing off steam, you know?" Richard passed away on March 10, 2007 at the age of 49 in West Hollywood, California, USA.
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Courtesy Bryan Morseman "In a 2005 interview with modamag.com, Jeni was asked why people in general were hooked on laughs.
His most recent special, “A Big Steaming Pile of Me,” ran during HBO’s 2005-06 season.Jeni’s film credits include “The Mask,” “The Aristocrats,” “National Lampoon’s Dad’s Week Off” and “Burn, Hollywood, Burn.”“What a loss and what a shame, as someone who gave so much laughter and joy, that he couldn’t find enough to give it to himself,” comedian David Brenner said Monday.Jeni said he was drawn to comedy because of his father’s love of the genre.“My interest in comedy began as an attempt to imitate his behavior in one of a string of futile attempts to bond with him,” Jeni said last year. An autopsy was performed Monday on comic Richard Jeni but the official cause of death won't be announced for several weeks, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office… In a popular YouTube video, the beaming little ballerina dances an entire four-minute routine seemingly perfectly, matchin... Online Sunday. He did not disclose what kind of weapon was used.No suicide note was found, said Lt. Fred Corral of the coroner’s office’s investigative division.Jeni died Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Winter said.
"Our hearts are broken," Jeni's family said in a statement. "Baldino declined to comment on the nature of the problems. “His kindness and joy will be missed.”Besides his stand-up act, Jeni (real name Richard John Colangelo), was a regular on “The Tonight Show,” a guest of both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno.“He had an everyman kind of appeal,” Leno told the TV show “Extra.” “He just made me laugh. “He was looked up to by all the young comedians — a total pro.”“Richard brought us all a lifetime of laughter,” Jeni’s family said in a statement Monday.
He was 45. See the 'Dancing' stars' most memorable moves "He hasn't been doing well for some time. Check out the hottest fashion, photos, movies and TV shows!Richard Jeni's father collected comedy albums. On March 10, 2007, Jeni was found by his girlfriend Amy Murphy, a weather anchor and reporter for We hope fans remember that and nothing else. It was so naughty and raucous and, best of all, forbidden — very appetizing to a kid — kind of like an X-rated treehouse. Your source for entertainment news, celebrities, celeb news, and celebrity gossip. Check out the hottest fashion, photos, movies and TV shows! I was hooked.”Richard Jeni was a friend of and writer for comedian Chris Rock. "Born in New York City in 1957, Jeni played Jim Carrey's bank coworker in 1994's Platypuses figured prominently in Jeni's career—his first HBO special, produced in 1992, was titled According to the BBC's Website, Jeni likened himself to the web-footed creature because the platypus "lives alone, is short-legged and tries to mate a lot, but can't.
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