Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Born Richard Phillip Lewis on June 29, 1947 in Brooklyn, NY, and raised in Englewood, NJ, Lewis reportedly met and befriended his "Curb" co-star Larry David at a summer camp at the age of 12. Later, Lewis made his television debut at age 17 as a dupe in a gag on the hit show, "Candid Camera" (ABC, 1960-1976). He would revisit the stunt in the 1996 special "Candid Camera's 50th Anniversary."
As unlikely as it would seem later on, Lewis studied marketing and communications at Ohio State University, graduating in 1969. While working as an ad copywriter in New York, he moonlighted as a gag writer for various stand-up performers before making his stand-up debut in 1971. Lewis' comedy centered m... Continue Bio >>
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