Richard John Colangelo better known by the stage name of Richard Jeni, was an American stand-up comedian and actor.
Jeni first received recognition through a series of Showtime stand-up specials and frequent appearances on The Tonight Show. After making his Tonight Show debut in 1988 with Johnny Carson, Jeni would return often and later made appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, all told with more appearances than any other stand-up comedian.
Jeni had numerous comedy specials on both Showtime and HBO. In 2004, Jeni was ranked #57 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time
In 2007, Jeni had recently been diagnosed with severe clinical depression coupled with fits of psychotic paranoia. On March 10, 2007, Richard Jeni lost his life to suicide. He was forty nine years old.
April 14, 1957 – March 10, 2007