Monday, March 12, 2007
Funny and angry
This morning, trying to put together something about comedian Richard Jeni's death, I cobbled together a few of his lines for a sidebar.

I knew a little about Jeni -- I'd seen him on talk shows and I have a vague memory of one of his specials -- but I was unprepared for how his lines appeared, unadorned by his wisenheimer New York delivery, and knowing Jeni's fate:

"It is a sad fact that 50 percent of marriages in this country end in divorce. But hey, the other half end in death. You could be one of the lucky ones!"

"My mother never saw the irony of calling me a son of a bitch."

Funny and angry, as comedy often is. But now, also sad.
it's a longstanding trend that some of the funniest people are some of the unhappiest. Look at the list: Jim Belushi, Chris Farley, Mitch Hedberg, and now this: It's sad to think that someone who made millions laugh suffered so much.
I loved his comedy. It's very sad that Richard felt this was his only way to fix things. He will be greatly missed.
A comedian is Tragedy & Comedy, unexplainable? So tragic, wish someone could have helped to save him.
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