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Richard Lewis looks back at his dark comic turns in 'Bundle of Nerves'
Richard Lewis looks back at his dark comic turns in 'Bundle of Nerves'

Funnyman Richard Lewis didn't become a comic because he wanted to be a celebrity or even because he wanted to make people laugh. "I went into this for psychological reasons," said Lewis, who was nicknamed the Prince of Pain for his self-deprecating humor. "My family — it wasn't an abusive family — they meant well, but they were in their own world," noted Lewis, who wore his customary black pants and shirt during a recent interview. "My father died so young, my sister had four kids before I was 19 and my brother was off in the Village reading 'Howl' on the street corners. I am [home] with my mother, and that slowly...

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