Perhaps Mel Brooks put it best when he said, "Richard Lewis may just be the Franz Kafka of modern day comedy."
Lewis has taken his lifelong therapy fodder and carved it into a commanding, compelling art form. His early career as a 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. The NY Post recently said; "Richard Lewis built the strongest stand-up comedy career on a blazing trail of neuroses since Woody Allen." Lewis can currently be seen on his sixth season of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and is on his "Misery Loves Company Stand-Up Tour." Lewis is also in the process of updating his book "The Other Great Depression" to be reprinted, with updates, through Public Affairs Books in April '08. He's furthering along the development of his own "dark ensemble comedy," and all the while praying that Mr. David will be inspired for a seventh season of "Curb."
Lewis is often compared to a jazz musician for his wild riffs that fly out into space but always find a way to float back into rhythm as they splatter recurring themes against a spiraling, lyrical backdrop. After Mort Saul's' 80th birthday tribute this summer, featuring a who's who of comic genius, Mark Groubert writing for the web site, Crooksandliars.com, commented.: "But this Night at the Opera belonged to none other than Richard Lewis.....has hit his comic stride entering the free form worlds of both Lenny Bruce and the under appreciated Lord Buckley. Groovin' high, and dressed in a zippered black suit possibly designed by the mistress of the Dali Lama, the 'Prince of Pain' came to compete. Melting the house and forcing grown men to weep openly Richard Lewis bombarded the crowd from one obtuse comedy angle after another. If this was the comedy World Series, Lewis was the King in his Court. For nearly twenty minutes he induced non-stop howling by every living, breathing thing in the house."
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'. Philadelphia's City Paper says, "Indeed, he is the Jimi Hendrix of monologists, whose virtuoso free-form riffs on exgirlfriends, family and other antagonistic denizens from hell are delivered in a mesmerizing, stream-ofconsciousness 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"