Comedian Richard Lewis Performs at the Newton Theatre, Tonight!
Richard Lewis will perform at the Newton Theatre tonight, December 6, 2013.
Richard Lewis has taken his lifelong therapy fodder and carved it into a commanding, compelling art form. His early career in stand?up brought him to the top of his ranks and over time, he broadened the scope of opportunities so others could share in his brilliantly warped world. Comedy Central has recognized Mr. Lewis as one of the top 50 stand-up comedians of all time and he was charted on GQ Magazine's list of the '20th Century's Most Influential Humorists'. In December of 1989, Lewis achieved a very personal goal...he performed at Carnegie Hall to a standing room only audience.
In addition to stand-up comedy, Richard Lewis has made his mark in movies and on television, most notoriously as one of Larry David's closest friends on the award-winning HBO hit Curb Your Enthusiasm. He's made countless guest appearances on many shows, but closest to his heart was his four year run in ABC's critically acclaimed series "Anything But Love," co?starring Jamie Lee Curtis.
He may hold title to having the most late night appearances, chalking up well over 100 appearances with David Letterman, Jay Leno, Conan, Jon Stewart, Howard Stern, Craig Ferguson and Bill Maher. He has also appeared in such films as Leaving Las Vegas, Robin Hood: Men in Tights and the upcoming 2014 release Squirrels to Nuts, starring Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson.
He wrote a memoir, "The Other Great Depression," first printed in 2000, a collection of fearless, essay style riffs featuring Lewis' dark stream? of?consciousness personal observations. In the memoir he is as brave, insightful and forthcoming as he is in his comedy.
Howard Reich, of the Chicago Tribune reflected on his history with Lewis. "Nearly 20 years ago... I headed for Zanies and witnessed the most audacious comic wordsmith this side of Lenny Bruce: a young neurotic comedian named Richard Lewis. Ever since that revelatory evening, I've followed Richard's ascent as perhaps the most gifted comedian of his generation."
Philadelphia's City Paper says, "Indeed, he is the Jimi Hendrix of monologists, whose virtuoso free-form riffs on ex-girlfriends, family and other antagonistic denizens from hell are delivered in a mesmerizing, stream-of-consciousness frenzy, a piss-yourself-laughing assault on the senses. Not only is he one of the undisputed masters of postmodern comedy, but also to incurable, self- loathing neurotics he is a patron saint who deserves to be canonized".
Still after all these years, Lewis remains addicted to performing before live audiences and is on a continuous stand up tour. In his own words??"I go on a long tour and make people happy that they're not me and go home."
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