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Richard Lewis, acclaimed comic, ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ actor, dies at 76

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Along with his trademark black apparel and unruly shock of hair, Lewis introduced a novel mix of self-deprecation and existential angst to the comedy stage.

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American comic Richard Lewis, recognized for exploring his neuroses in frantic, stream-of-consciousness diatribes whereas wearing all-black, resulting in his nickname “The Prince of Ache,” died at his house in Los Angeles on the night of Tuesday, February 27, 2024. Lewis, who revealed he had been recognized with Parkinson’s illness in 2023, was 76.

An everyday performer in golf equipment and on late-night TV for many years, Lewis additionally performed Marty Gold, the romantic co-lead reverse Jamie Lee Curtis, within the ABC collection “Something However Love” and the reliably neurotic Prince John in “Mel Brooks’ Robin Hood: Males In Tights.” He re-introduced himself to a brand new era reverse Larry David in HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” kvetching usually.

Comedy Central named Lewis one of many prime 50 stand-up comedians of all time and he earned a berth in GQ journal’s checklist of the “twentieth Century’s Most Influential Humorists.” He lent his humor to charity causes, together with Comedian Aid and Comedy Provides Again.

Not like modern Robin Williams, Lewis allowed audiences into his world and melancholy, pouring his torment and ache onto the stage. Followers favorably in contrast him to the ground-breaking comic Lenny Bruce. “I take nice pains to not be mean-spirited,” Lewis instructed The Palm Seaside Put up in 2007. “I do not wish to take actual handicaps that folks have to beat with no hope in sight. I avoid that. That is not humorous to me. Tragedy is humorous to different humorists, nevertheless it’s to not me except you can also make a degree that is useful.”

After getting sober from medicine and alcohol in 1994, Lewis put out his 2008 memoir, The Different Nice Melancholy – a set of fearless, essay-style riffs on his life – and Reflections from Hell. He’s survived by his spouse, Joyce Lapinsky.

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