You know that whole "crying on the inside, laughing on the outside" saying? And all those critiques with that theme from the internet and armchair psychologists? I don't wanna hear it!
ROCK 'n' HIS ROLE
On a side note: Tragedy plus time equals comedy, although surely Chris Rock's Monday night comments on Letterman were too soon for most. However, to be fair, he did hit the nail on the head and stayed true to himself, the situation and his late friend. His seemingly flip comments probably best illustrate not only Rock's humor style but the very point of being a comedian. He saw a sentimental balloon and he bust it with the truth. If Jeni had been there, he probably would've said "Go see Chris' new movie." I thought the same thing when Belushi died -- where was the parody scene that he would have been the first to do?
So, don't criticize Rock. He lost a friend and will deal with it privately.
We all will.
According to the Associated Press, USA Today. and Yahoo news, talented stand-up comedian and film actor Richard Jeni died sometime Saturday morning from a gunshot wound. He was 45.
First indications: suicide.
Investigations are continuing and suicide has not been confirmed by police. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.
Jeni was a frequent guest at Chicago's late lamented Funny Firm and spoke to my "class" there around 1989 or 1990.