Comedian Richard Lewis reveals he’s “finished” after heartbreaking medical diagnosis

 

Richard Lewis, one of the most prominent stand-up comedians of his generation, has announced he is “finished with stand-up” after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

 

The 75-year-old comic, also known for playing a fictionalized version of himself on the HBO sitcom Curb Your Enthusiasm, made the announcement on social media yesterday.

 

He says that he has had a “rocky time” over the past three-and-a-half years, and fans have wondered why he has stopped touring as a stand-up comedian. In the video he reveals “what really happened.”

“Three and a half years ago, I was in the middle of a tour, and then I finally ended it with a show,” Lewis said. “I said, you know, I’m at the top of my game. After 50 years, almost, I’m going to just call it quits. And I felt great about that.”

 

After deciding to retire, Lewis says “s**t hit the fan” and he underwent four back-to-back surgeries, including shoulder and hip replacement surgeries.

 

On top of that, Lewis revealed that he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s.

 

“Two years ago, I started walking a little stiffly,” he said. “I was shuffling my feet, and I went to a neurologist, and they gave me a brain scan, and I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. And that was about two years ago.”

 

Despite that serious diagnosis, Lewis says he has a positive outlook on the situation.

 

“But luckily, I got it late in life, and they say you progress very slowly, if at all, and I’m on the right med, so I’m cool. So I guess I just wanted you to know that that’s where it’s been at. I’m finished with stand up. I’m just focusing on writing and acting. I have Parkinson’s disease, but I’m under a doctor’s care, and everything is cool. And I love my wife, I love my little puppy dog, and I love all my friends and my hands. And now you know where it’s been at the last three and a half years. God bless.”

 

 

 

 

As a stand-up comedian, Lewis rose to prominence in the 1970s and 80s. He is known for his neurotic and self-deprecating humor, and for his frank discussions about his struggles with alcohol and drug addiction.

 

He was a frequent guest on late-night shows like The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Late Night with David Letterman and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

 

On TV, Lewis is known for his Golden Globe-nominated performance in the sitcom Anything but Love opposite Jamie Lee Curtis, and for playing a fictionalized version of himself on Curb Your Enthusiasm. He also memorably played Prince John in Mel Brooks’ Robin Hood: Men in Tights.

 

He has been listed as one of the best and most influential comedians in lists by GQ and Comedy Central.

Related Posts

 The Temptation of Popping Acne: A Battle of Willpower

In the grand saga of skincare, few battles are as epic and universally fought as the war against acne. It’s a daily struggle, a relentless siege on…

Acne removal in the back

Acne on the back, often termed “bacne,” can be frustrating and affect confidence. Effective removal requires a multi-faceted approach. Firstly, maintaining proper hygiene is crucial, regularly cleansing…

Neon Serendipity: Lana Turner’s Hollywood Odyssey

In the heart of bustling Hollywood, beneath the neon glow of the Sunset Strip, a young Lana Turner found herself at a crossroads. With a head full…

Unmasking the Curtain Call: The Untold Drama Behind Stan & Ollie

The movie “Stan & Ollie” beautifully captures the twilight years of one of Hollywood’s greatest comedy duos, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. While it’s crafted with humor…

Burt Lancaster: From Olympian to Hollywood Legend

Burt Lancaster’s journey from Olympic-level athlete to Hollywood icon is as captivating as his on-screen performances. Renowned for his versatility, Lancaster dazzled audiences from his breakout role…

Elvis Performed This Gospel Song Only Once In Concert And He Left The Audience Begging For More

Elvis Presley, often seen as a figure of rebellion and the quintessential “bad boy” whose gyrations could send shockwaves through a more conservative generation, paradoxically also possessed…