40 Funny & Inspirational Richard Lewis Quotes

I like to quote myself from Richard Lewis’s show.

Richard Lewis is a comedian. He has been one of the pioneers in taking a darkly humorous approach to the stage. He has also successfully gone into acting.

The two TV series he appeared in were ‘Anything but Love (2004) and ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm (2002)’.

Later on, Lewis became the host of The David Letterman Show and the comedian made his mark in the world of comedy.

Lewis was listed in the ‘100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time’ list. He has won several prestigious awards including a ‘CableACE Award’, the ‘Screen Actors Guild Award’ and a ‘Broadway World Award’.

A great speaker can influence the listener to the point that, in the end, the listener is influenced by the speaker.

40 Funny & Inspirational Richard Lewis Quotes

Jonathan Winters was one of the greatest stand-up comedians in American history, Lenny Bruce was one of the most important, and Richard Lewis said that Richard Pryor was on of the best stand-up comedians in the history of comedy.

I didn’t feel worthy because my father always found me to be wrong.
I felt like I couldn’t do anything right in his eyes.

Lewis had been an actor and comedian for eight years when David was looking to cast in a new show, Curb Your Enthusiasm. Lewis was one of a number of actors who met with David.
David was interested in Lewis’ performance as a barbed, sarcastic, chain-smoking Jewish New Yorker on the radio comedy show Late Night with David Letterman.

If you want to dedicate yourself to something, do it from passion. There is no guarantee that you’ll get anywhere. The hardest thing is dealing with businesspeople who have nothing to do with your art, and even if they’re well-liked, you won’t get any sympathy from them. Don’t expect any sympathy from anybody.

5. A person gives up hope of ever being a good person; they will accept any kind of behavior from anyone, as long as it is not expected of them.

Richard Lewis used to be on Saturday Night Live, and he used to be a comedian, so he’s a comic, but he also used to be on Saturday Night Live, which is an actual TV show that I’ve never watched. He’s a comedian but he also used to be in the military, which is also a real thing, and I don’t know if he actually made us laugh or if he was just there as a joke.

Lewis is often regarded as one of the most underrated comics in the country, as his act may be easy to get and not as challenging as some other comics, but people tend to admire his sincerity. The reason he said he does that is to make his audience feel better, not to make them feel worse.

Richard Lewis says that Phyllis Diller was an enormous fan of his. Richard Lewis was completely unaware of this until Phyllis Diller wrote him a letter, which prompted the two of them to become close friends.

My wife’s hip, beautiful and independent and very jealous.

10th of 40 Richard Lewis Quotes

This is why I love comedians. They aren’t just funny, they are always relatable in some way. Richard Lewis has always been hilarious to me, and this quote proves it.

Richard Lewis is currently running for mayor of San Diego, despite being a Democrat, and not a great guy. But good for him for taking that stand.

A friend of his died and left him with a pile of debt to pay off before he could pay for his mom’s expenses, so he started making a bit of money by therapy.

When you’re in love, it’s the most glorious two and a half days of your life.

I am a compulsive perfectionist and I will rewatch my favorite films over and over. Once I found a guy who was into the movie, I immediately went to see the movie at least once a week. I would never get bored of it.

My mom didn’t really understand my work, and my dad died before I was a comedian, and my mom and I didn’t get along-she didn’t like my work and I think she got a little jealous.

I think Keaton’s whole career was a great lesson in how not to act on stage.

20th of 40 Richard Lewis Quotes

Richard Lewis had a bad day before every show. He was a self-deprecating comedian who took pride in his lack of stage polish.

I can’t sleep because my performance is unsatisfactory, and I know I’ll never be able to sleep at night.

Buster Keaton was married four times. In 1922, Keaton married Mae Dahlberg, a dancer. The marriage ended in 1929, and Keaton moved to California. He married his second wife, Margie Peters, in 1930, but that marriage also ended in separation. He married his third wife, Eleanor Norris, in 1931. The marriage was short-lived; they split in 1934.

I’m a New Yorker, born in Brooklyn, raised in Jersey. I’m a big fan of living in NYC, and where Chaplin filmed, in San Rafael. Keaton filmed in Laurel Canyon which is not far away, though it used to be more of a tourist trap than now.

The comedian was a few years younger than the rest of the group, and had begun his career as a stand-up.

There are so many things that I could say about this quote, but my favorite is that he is not saying that we do something just to make money. He is saying that we do something we want to do, but we do it for the money. He is saying we should make money because we want to do what we do. He is saying you should make money not to make money, but for the art of what you do.

My grandmother played Jewish folk music while juggling six things at once.

Even though I’m not a big fan of Lewis, I agree that most comedians who have lasted have a rhythm. If I can compare him to another comedian, it would be Louis CK. They both have great timing.

Richard Lewis plays a lot of characters and talks about them using the word “feel.” People will recognize the voice in the above clip from the 1992 film “Pulp Fiction” as Lewis’s as the character Vincent Vega.

30th of 40 Richard Lewis Quotes

Richard Lewis never wanted to be like a TV nature show host. He wanted to be like the characters on the show, people who can get away with saying anything.

RICHARD LEWIS: “I don’t know if you know this, but I was a very bad human being when I was younger. I took up drinking, and then taking drugs, and I was arrested for murder. I am an alcoholic and a drug addict. I had a lot of problems. But I have become a much better person.

He started out by reading a lot. Then he worked at a job he hated. He learned how to hustle, and had to do it while broke a lot. Eventually, he made it.

“As far as I know, it was James Mason who found them. He was always very kind to me. I got to his house in Beverly Hills, which was his childhood home. I thought it would be appropriate to send him a telegram or something, so I made one up: “James, they’re found. Do you still wish you were Buster Keaton?” He never replied.

Many Texas and Southern Texans don’t know what Hanukkah is!

When I was in my twenties, I met David Brenner. He was already a star – he’d played Vegas, he’d done the Tonight Show. But we hit it off immediately. I wasn’t that close to my family, so David became like an older brother to me.

There is a line, but it’s not thin. Celebrities are entertainers, which is a profession where you are paid to act like a character. And sometimes that character is self-absorbed, which is what makes it entertaining.

When I was younger, I listened to the greats: Winter, Mel, and Carl, Nichols and May, Pryor, Carlin, Klein, Berman and lots of Lenny Bruce albums. But once I started doing fairly well, I didn’t want to hear anybody’s jokes or premises.

When his peers in comedy heard that Lewis wasn’t really listening to any comedians, they were upset.

Richard Lewis was a child prodigy who was adopted by a middle-class family. As a toddler he was highly intelligent, and by the time he was 14, he knew the entirety of Shakespeare’s work. At age 15, he was a full-fledged adult when he was suddenly cut off from his family. He later learned that his younger brother had died that same Christmas day.

The Mother and the Whore, the 1973 dark French sex and death tale is now best remembered for the infamous and controversial scene in which its incestuous actress, Jeanne Moreau, plays with a dead body. But it was the film in which she first appeared as a teenage prostitute–played, not in a sexy outfit but rather as a child of 12–that sparked Lewis’ imagination.



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