Sadly, another obituary to report. Richard Jeni, the 49-year-old comedian, shot himself in the face on Saturday. The police are not sure at this time whether the shooting was an accident or a suicide attempt. He was still alive at his West Hollywood home when the police arrived, but died at a nearby hospital.
I hadn't seen Jeni perform in years, but I did like his act, especially "Platypus Man," both the comedy special and TV series on UPN. His "Clamato" joke was classic. (For those who don't know or don't remember, Jeni always wondered who could think up a product like Clamato, which is tomato juice with clam broth and corn syrup. He would pretend to drink a glass of tomato juice, then whistle and say, "Needs fish!" :) )