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Born in Brooklyn with Pride: Richard Lewis, a legendary neurotic comic & actor


During these long lingering days of the COVID-19 pandemic, we all can use a laugh. If you want to laugh hard and often I'd recommend watching "Curb Your Enthusiasm" on HBO or get any of the 10 seasons DVDs from your local library. Long-time neurotic comic and actor, Richard Lewis who was born in Brooklyn, is a prominent cast member who plays himself in Curb.

Prior to Curb, Lewis was a successful stand-up comic who made so much fun at himself as his necrotic ways, that he became the #1 neurotic comic. That led to a number of HBO specials and also 22 appearances on "The Johnny Carson Show" and 44 appearances on "Late Night with David Letterman". He also spent 1989-1992 co-starring with Jamie Lee Curtis in the TV series "Anything But Love" playing the character of Marty Gold

Lewis has been a key cast member in Curb simply being his funny, neurotic self. The show premiered in 2000. Lewis has appeared in 39 episodes since then. I was surprised to learn after being raised in New Jersey, Lewis attended Ohio State University. It made me wonder, is he a Cleveland Browns fan like me? I doubt it. Need that laugh? Be sure to watch and enjoy Lewis on Curb. Or read his very funny autobiography "The Other Great Depression."

Lewis is not returning for the upcoming 11th season of Curb since in the past 18 months the 73-year-old comedian has endured back and two shoulder surgeries. Let's hope he's well enough and will want to be back in season 12 if there is one.

Other famous Brooklyn-born list of people is long and includes: Jackie Gleason, Danny Kaye, Moe & Curly of the Three Stooges, Chuck Connors, Larry David, Jerry Seinfeld, Jimmy Kimmel, Larry king, Vince Lombardi, Vinnie Testaverde, Phil Rizzuto, Tommy Davis, Connie Hawkins, Chris Mullin, Carmelo Anthony, Mike Tyson, Michael Jordan and Dr. Anthony Fauci to name a few.

Though I was a proud Manhattan resident for 12 years, I was equally as proud to say I was born in Brooklyn. I lived in Brooklyn for the first seven years of my life in the Avenue J section near Brooklyn College and later in the Sunset Park (53rd St. & 6th Avenue).

I attended PS 94 and remember as a kid going to Sunset Park with my mother and little cousins to cool off in their large water sprinkler version of a pool. It was how us city kids survived the hot summers. As a teenager, I spent three summers at my Uncle's house in Gerritsen Beach. As an adult, I worked at the Brooklyn Army Terminal for three years.

Who would have imagined the two family house my grandparents bought in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn for $11,000 in 1940’s would eventually sell for $2,525,000.

No matter who I meet or work with, there’s never any hesitation when asked; Where were you born? I say Brooklyn with pride.