An Undervalued Genius

I saw Richard Jeni perform one night in Tampa Florida. He was one of the greatest comedians I ever had the pleasure to watch. For 2 1/2 hours, Jeni was on fire, often breaking from his prepared text for hilarious asides (including one of the greatest, most polite retorts to a heckler I ever saw.)

Many people don't remember that immediately following 9/11, while television was still afriad, Jeni attacked the hypocracy of fear that quickly overtook our nation.

His style was too aggressive for the comfort of home television, but not aggressive enough to match such fast risers as Sam Kinison and Bill Hicks.

His body of work is legendary and I will miss him greatly.


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