Richard John Colangelo (April 14, 1957-March 10, 2007), better known by the stage name of Richard Jeni, was an American stand-up comedian and actor. Raised in an Italian-American Roman Catholic family in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, he graduated with honors from Hunter College, earning a bachelor's degree in comparative politics. Jeni first received recognition through a series of Showtime stand-up specials and frequent appearances on The Tonight Show. Top executives at HBO picked up his first appearance on The HBO Comedy Hour in 1992, titled Richard Jeni: Platypus Man. The show was well received, and Jeni would return for two more shows, going on to receive a CableACE Award for one of his HBO specials.
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