Richard Lewis (@TheRichardLewis) wrote ad copy in New Jersey while also writing jokes for comedians such as Morty Gunty. He performed his own jokes in 1971 at New York’s Improvisation and Pips. After appearing on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” in 1974, he continued to tour and hone his act. His film “Diary of a Young Comic” aired in the “Saturday Night Live” time-slot. His work on cable “I’m in Pain” for Showtime in 1988, “I’m Exhausted” earned a nomination from American Comedy Awards for Funniest Male Performer in a Television Special (for HBO); “I’m Doomed” (HBO) won him a second Ace Nomination for Best Stand-Up Comedy Special. His “Magical Misery Tour” was filmed at NY’s “Bottom Line” in December, 1996. In December 1989, he performed to an SRO crowd at Carnegie Hall.