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Richard Jeni Biography

Birth Name:
Richard John Colangelo
Birth Place:
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Comedian, actor, writer

Fast Facts

  • Interest in comedy began when he used to imitate his father's comedy records for his friends
  • Went to the high school that was shown at the beginning of the sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter
  • His first of five stand-up specials aired on Showtime in 1990, titled Richard Jeni: The Boy From New York City, and received three CableACE nominations
  • Starred in the short-lived 1995 UPN series Platypus Man as the host of a New York City cooking show
  • Was named Best Male Stand-up at the 1992 American Comedy Awards and in 2004 was named by Comedy Central as one of the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time


  • Joseph Colangelo -- Brother
  • Mary -- Sister