Richard Lewis on Stand-Up Comedy, His Heroes, and … Happiness

When Richard Lewis is in a room, no one else needs to speak — and they shouldn't, because they are unlikely to be anywhere near as interesting, generous, frank, or funny as he is.

Lewis is one of the truly authentic voices in stand-up comedy — and he has been since he began in the 1970s. Over four decades, his enormous influence and confessional, emotionally naked material helped open the door for a generation of comedians who have developed highly individual and personal styles.

Lewis continues to tour regularly, when not guest-starring on Curb Your Enthusiasm or playing the occasional role in a movie. He spoke to us in advance of his engagement at Cobb's Comedy Club, which starts Thursday. We talked about his current work, which appears to be driven by — can it be true? — newfound happiness in his life.

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