I saw some of his standup from time to time and it was pretty funny. Shame he died of an apparent suicide.
Took this from the Chronicle:
You might also recognize him as Jim Carrey's friend in "the Mask." Shame.Richard Jeni Dead At 45, Probabale Suicide By Stand-Up Comedian
By Jack Ryan
Mar 11, 2007
Update: Richard Jeni, one of Comedy Central's Top 100 Comedians of All Time, is dead. Jeni was found dead presumably from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Saturday, March 10, 2007. A loaded gun was reportedly found next to his body.
Jeni was in his West Hollywood, CA apartment. He had reportedly been scheduled to perform at the Chicago Improv last night, but cancelled several weeks ago.
It is said that he chose to take his life because he was ill. We could speculate, but out of respect for Richard and his family we will not.
Autopsy results are expected soon.
According to the AP, police found Jeni alive but severely injured in a home here after responding to a call from Jeni's girlfriend Saturday morning. She reported the comic had shot himself, Los Angeles Police Officer Norma Eisenman said.
He died after being rushed to a nearby hospital.
Eisenman said she was unable to confirm that Jeni had killed himself and said the investigation was ongoing. She said the female caller told police: "My boyfriend shot himself in the face."
Richard Jeni was an American stand-up comedian. He was raised in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, New York.
Jeni first received recognition through a series of Showtime stand-up specials and frequent appearances on The Tonight Show.
HBO brass noticed Jeni's talent, and he was soon picked up for his first appearance on the coveted HBO Comedy Hour in 1992, entitled Richard Jeni: Platypus Man. The show received critical acclaim, and Jeni would return for two more shows.
Throughout the 90's, the awards and accolades continued to grow and Richard's growing cult following was making him a sold-out attraction in concert venues. A particular thrill was when George Carlin handed Richard the American Comedy Award for "Best Male Stand-up" on ABC TV.