Lewis, Richard 1947(?)–

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LEWIS, Richard 1947(?)–


Full name, Richard Philip Lewis; born June 29, 1947 (some sources cite 1948), in Brooklyn, New York, NY; raised in Englewood, NJ; son of William (a caterer) and Blanche (an actress) Lewis. Education: Ohio State University, B.S., c. 1970.


Agent—Metropolitan Talent Agency, 4526 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010; Stone Manners Agency, 6500 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 550, Los Angeles, CA 90048; (theatrical appearances) Don Buchwald and Associates, 6500 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 2200, Los Angeles, CA 90048; (personal appearances) Rick Greenstein, The Gersh Agency, 232 North Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Manager—Michael Black Management, 5750 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 640, Los Angeles, CA 90036; Cindy Schultzel, Howard Entertainment, 10850 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1260, Los Angeles, CA 90024.


Comedian, actor, producer, and writer. Copywriter in a New Jersey advertising agency, c. 1970–71; stand–up comedian at nightclubs in New York City, Las Vegas, NV, Atlantic City, NJ, and other venues, c. 1971—. Appeared in advertisements.


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Awards, Honors:

American Comedy Award nomination, funniest male performer in a television special, c. 1988, for Richard Lewis: "I'm Exhausted"; Annual CableACE Award nomination, National Cable Television Association, best standup comedy special, c. 1990, for Richard Lewis: "I'm Doomed"; named one of the "100 greatest stand–ups of all time," Comedy Central, 2004; cited in the GQ list of the twentieth century's most influential humorists.


Television Appearances; Series:

The Sonny and Cher Show, CBS, 1976–77.

Richard Breskin, Harry, ABC, 1987.

Martin "Marty" Ezekiel Gold, Anything but Love, ABC, 1989–92.

Cohost, The A–List, Comedy Central, 1991–92.

Dr. Steven Mitchell, Daddy Dearest, Fox, 1993.

Neil Diller, Hiller and Diller, ABC, 1997–98.

Harve Schwartz, a recurring role, Rude Awakening, Showtime, 1998–99.

Curb Your Enthusiasm, HBO, 2000–2004.

Rabbi Richard Glass, 7th Heaven, The WB, 2002–2004.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Guest panelist and performer in archive footage, 100 Greatest Stand–Ups of All Time (also known as Comedy Central Presents: 100 Greatest Stand–Ups of All Time), Comedy Central, 2004.

Heroes of Jewish Comedy, Comedy Central, 2004.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Edward Sanders, The Danger of Love: The Carolyn Warmus Story (also known as The Danger of Love), 1992.

Bobby Stein, A Weekend in the Country, 1996.

Jim, Drunks, Showtime, 1996.

Chick Chicalini, Hugo Pool (also known as Pool Girl), The Movie Channel, 1997.

Coach Steve Adler, Game Day, Cinemax, 1999.

Phil Milkowski, The Elevator, Cinemax, 1999.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Billy Goldstein/Gondola, Diary of a Young Comic, NBC, 1979.

Sixth Annual Young Comedians (also known as HBO's "Sixth Annual Young Comedians"), HBO, 1981.

Host, The Fact, CBS, 1982.

Richard Lewis: "I'm in Pain" (also known as The Richard Lewis "I'm in Pain" Concert), Showtime, 1985.

Comic Relief I, HBO, 1987.

An All–Star Toast to the Improv, HBO, 1988.

Late Night with David Letterman Sixth Anniversary Show, NBC, 1988.

Life's Most Embarrassing Moments, 1988.

Richard Lewis: "I'm Exhausted," HBO, 1988.

ABC's Comedy Sneak Peek, ABC, 1989.

Comic Relief III, HBO, 1989.

Montreal International Comedy Festival, HBO, 1989.

Himself, Two Years … Later, NBC, 1990.

Comic Relief IV, HBO, 1990.

Richard Lewis: "I'm Doomed," HBO, 1990.

The World of Jewish Humor, PBS, 1990.

Host, The 14th Annual Young Comedians Show, HBO, 1991.

Host, Living against the Odds, PBS, 1991.

The Elvis Files, syndicated, 1991.

George Burn's 95th Birthday Party, CBS, 1991.

Here He Is … the One, the Only … Groucho, HBO, 1991.

American Bandstand 40th Anniversary Special, ABC, 1992.

Comic Relief V, HBO, 1992.

A Day in the Life of Hollywood, Showtime, 1992.

Free to Laugh: A Comedy and Music Special for Amnesty International, Lifetime, 1992.

HBO's 20th Anniversary—We Hardly Believe It Ourselves, HBO and CBS, 1992.

The Return of TV's Censored Bloopers 2, NBC, 1993.

A Comedy Salute to Andy Kaufman, NBC, 1995.

Comic Relief VII, HBO, 1995.

Just for Laughs, Fox, 1995.

Himself, Nichols and May—Take Two, PBS, 1996.

(In archive footage) Candid Camera's 50th Anniversary, CBS, 1996.

Catch a Rising Star 50th Anniversary—Give or Take 26 Years, CBS, 1996.

Comedy Club Superstars, ABC, 1996.

Richard Lewis: The Magical Misery Tour, HBO, 1996.

Cohost, Richard Lewis & Kevin Nealon's Top 10 Picks, 1997.

Who Makes You Laugh? 2, ABC, 1997.

Himself, Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm, HBO, 1999.

Himself, When Stand–Up Comics Ruled the World, VH1, 2004.

Also appeared in No Life to Live, HBO.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

The 41st Annual Emmy Awards, Fox, 1989.

The 10th Annual ACE Awards, multiple networks, 1989.

Presenter, The 42nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Presentation, Fox, 1990.

The 16th Annual People's Choice Awards, CBS, 1990.

The 43rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Presentation, Fox, 1991.

The 12th Annual ACE Awards, multiple networks, 1991.

Presenter, The 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Fox, 1992.

The 49th Annual Golden Globe Awards, TBS, 1992.

Presenter, The First Annual Comedy Hall of Fame, NBC, 1993.

Host, Prism Awards 2001, syndicated, 2001.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Guest, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC, multiple appearances, 1974–92.

"The Phantom of Kensington," House Calls, CBS, 1980.

Late Night with David Letterman, NBC, multiple appearances, 1982–93.

Life's Most Embarrassing Moments, ABC, 1985.

Andrew "Andy" Fitzsimmons Carlton III, "The Wedding Bell Blues," Riptide, NBC, 1986.

Guest, The Howard Stern Show, 1992.

(Uncredited) Himself, "Life behind Larry," The Larry Sanders Show, HBO, 1993.

"Stepping Back," Tribeca, Fox, 1993.

The Late Show with David Letterman, CBS, multiple appearances, beginning 1993.

Vern Caputo, "Whirlpool," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's "Tales from the Crypt"), HBO, 1994.

Edgar Allan Poe, A. J.'s Time Travelers, 1994.

Guest, Howard Stern, E! Entertainment Television, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001.

Himself, "Buster Keaton: Genius in Slapshoes," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 1995.

Himself, "What Men Want," Dennis Miller Live, HBO, 1995.

Guest, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, syndicated, 1996.

Voice, "Undercover," Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist (animated), Comedy Central, 1997.

Guest, Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, ABC, 1997.

Voice of the beggar, "The Golden Goose," Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (animated), HBO, c. 1997.

Guest, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, NBC, 1997, 1998, 2004.

Voice of Neurosis, Disney's "Hercules" (animated; also known as Hercules), ABC and syndicated, 1998.

Himself, Celebrity Profile: Jamie Lee Curtis, E! Entertainment Television, 1998.

Himself, V.I.P. (also known as V.I.P.—Die Bodyguards), syndicated, 1998.

School guidance counselor, Candid Camera, CBS, 1998.

Ronald Zane, "Big Top Cal," V.I.P. (also known as V.I.P.—Die Bodyguards), syndicated, 1999.

Guest, Mad TV, Fox, 2000.

Himself, Intimate Portrait: Jamie Lee Curtis, Lifetime, 2000.

Guest, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC, 2001.

Himself, John Candy: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 2001.

Guest, The View, ABC, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004.

Francis Weinod, "Once upon a Family," Presidio Med, CBS, 2002.

Guest, "Jamie Lee Curtis," Revealed with Jules Asner, E! Entertainment Television, 2002.

Member of Team Fat Boy Tin, "Heat L," Robot Wars: Grand Champions, 2002.

Comic Remix, Comedy Central, 2002.

Mitchell Yeager, "A Dark Turn," Alias, ABC, 2003.

Himself, Intimate Portrait: Famous Families, Lifetime, 2003.

Guest, Dinner for Five, Independent Film Channel, 2003, 2004.

Jack Jericho, "The Cold Hard Truth," The Dead Zone, USA Network, 2004.

Stan, "I Can't Afford Hyenas," Two and a Half Men, CBS, 2004.

Himself, The Best Damn Sports Show Period, Fox Sports Network, 2004.

Appeared in episodes of other series, including Future-quest, PBS; and Alan King: Inside the Comedy Mind.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Private Rick Michaels, The 416th, CBS, 1979.

Joey, King of the Building, CBS, 1987.

Host, An American Saturday Night, ABC, 1991.

High Rise to Heaven, FX Channel, 2005.

Television Appearances; Other:

Temporary Insanity, [United States and Canada], 1985.

Television Work:

Creator and co–executive producer, Daddy Dearest (series), Fox, 1993.

Photographer, Comedy Club Superstars (special), ABC, 1996.

Film Appearances:

History of the World, Part 1, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1981.

Richard, The Wrong Guys, New World, 1988.

Pimples Lapedes, That's Adequate, South Gate Entertainment, 1989.

Julian Peters, Once upon a Crime …, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 1992.

Prince John, Robin Hood: Men in Tights (also known as Sacre Robin des bois), Twentieth Century–Fox, 1993.

Himself, The Last Party, Live Entertainment, 1993.

Phil Taylor, Wagons East, TriStar, 1994.

The Borrowers, Malofilm, 1994.

Peter, Leaving Las Vegas, United Artists, 1995.

The Elevator, 1996.

Markov, The Maze, 1997.

Alcoholics Anonymous speaker, Sledge: The Story of Frank Sledge, Smashcut Films/Double Edge Entertainment, 2005.

Himself, The Aristocrats, ThinkFilm, 2005.

Stage Appearances; Major Tours:

Magical Misery Tour, U.S. cities, including Bottom Line, New York City, 1996.

The Other Great Depression Tour, 2001.

Radio Appearances; Episodic:

Guest, The Howard Stern Radio Show, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001.



(Contributor) Various artists, Kerouac—kicks joy darkness, Rykodisc, c. 1998.

Live from Hell (Before and After), Live Archive, 2001.


(In archive footage) Laughing Out Loud: America's Funniest Comedians, 2001.


Teleplays; Specials:

(With others) Diary of a Young Comic, NBC, 1979.

Richard Lewis: "I'm in Pain" (also known as The Richard Lewis "I'm in Pain" Concert), Showtime, 1985.

Richard Lewis: "I'm Doomed," HBO, 1990.

(With others) Living against the Odds, PBS, 1991.

Teleplays; Pilots:

The Steve Landesberg Television Show, NBC, 1983.


The Other Great Depression Tour: How I'm Overcoming on a Daily Basis at Least a Million Addictions and Dysfunctions and Finding a Spiritual (Sometimes) Life, Perseus, 2001.


(With others) Laughing Out Loud: America's Funniest Comedians, 2001.


Live from Hell (Before and After), Live Archive, 2001.



Cosmopolitan, April, 1991, p. 114.

Entertainment Weekly, January 5, 2001, p. 74.

GQ, July, 1990, p. 148.

Los Angeles Times, February 8, 2001, Calendar Section, pp. 1, 6.

Movieline, November, 1996, p. 10; October, 2000, p. 89.

People Weekly, August 13, 1984, p. 105; June 20, 1988, p. 103.

US Weekly, January 29, 2001, pp. 64–67.


Richard Lewis Official Site, http://www.richardlewisonline.com, January 2, 2005.

Lewis, Richard (Thomas, Thomas)

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Lewis, Richard [Thomas, Thomas] (b Manchester, 1914; d Eastbourne, 1990). Eng. tenor and conductor. Opera début with Carl Rosa co. 1939 (Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia). Began concert career in Denmark 1946. Eng. concert début Brighton 1947. Glyndebourne début 1947. Sang Peter Grimes at CG 1947 and Albert Herring with EOG 1948. Created role of Troilus in Troilus and Cressida CG 1954 and at S. Francisco 1955, and roles of Mark (The Midsummer Marriage, 1955) and Achilles (King Priam, 1962). Sang in f.p. of Stravinsky's Canticum Sacrum, Venice 1956. Sang Aron in Moses und Aron at CG 1965, in Boston (stage) 1966, and in Paris 1973. Successful concert career in oratorio, esp. Gerontius which he recorded with both Barbirolli and Sargent. Took up cond. 1975. CBE 1963.

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