New Richard Jeni DVD features late comedian in raw form; never-seen footage

By | August 1, 2011 at 11:12 am | One comment | News | Tags: , , , , ,

Fans of the late Richard Jeni and connoisseurs of great comedy are in for a real treat on Aug. 2 when the DVD Richard Jeni: The Beach Crowd is released– a 75-minute tour de force performance compiled from raw footage captured during two weekend performances at the famed Comedy and Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, CA. Jeni had a brief, yet amazingly productive career that yielded five one-hour stand-up comedy specials for HBO and Showtime. His special Platypus Man (1994) won a Cable ACE Award for Best Stand-up Comedy Special and was parlayed into a television series.

The Beach Crowd takes viewers on an intimate journey into his lightning fast mind as he interacts seamlessly on the fly with his audience. Most of the time comedy consumers only get to experience a performer’s polished act but this DVD presents an exclusive opportunity to watch Jeni build and fine tune his material. Jeni often had a problem every comedian would love to have – too much ‘A” material to fit into the time constraints or context of television specials. Jeni took his own life in 2007; he was 49.

The Beach Crowd will be available at You can check out a preview here. And check out clips from all five of his comedy specials, below.

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Fred Farris

Fred’s passion for comedy began at an early age when for some reason his father allowed him to watch George Carlin perform his classic "the seven dirty words you can’t say on television" routine. Fred has spent time in Las Vegas running comedy shows at a casino theater and also in Chicago writing about comedy and producing his own live shows. Since moving to Los Angeles in May 2010, he has worked in the live booking department of a major talent agency and currently works for a top talent management and production company.

  • ryan fROMOHIO

    Nice! Now we just need someone to release Platypus Man: The Complete Series. Though hardly anyone else remembers that show when I bring it up.

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