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June 03, 1988 - Image 56

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-06-03

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FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 1988

King

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I get very excited every time
I do his show, although I'm
usually on with a guy who
eats mice or a woman who
sticks to other people."
Lewis has suddenly e-
merged as a nightclub
headliner. He is one of a
group of young comics who
started spewing their shtick
back in the early '70s; one of
several who first took center
stage at the Improvisation in
New York City.
"I was one of the rookies
then," Lewis recalls. "There
weren't that many in those
days: Jimmy Walker, Freddie
Prinze, David Brenner, Robert
Klein and me. Everybody
helped each other out in those
days. It was really an amaz-
ing phenomenon.
"I'm particularly glad I was
around and started when I
did," he continues. "It was a
nicer way to break into the
business because there
weren't that many comics
around, by comparison to
now. Today they're like
locusts and it's all very
chaotic?'
Lewis developed an act and
began performing at clubs in
the New York area. But the
temptation of an offer to join
The Sonny and Cher Comedy
Hour brought on a move to
Los Angeles. However, "after
playing a rutabaga in a chefs
salad number," he en-
thusiastically returned to his
stand-up performances and
dubious path of anxious
achievements.
"Actually, I'm pretty laid
back about fame, adulation,
or whatever you want to call
it. I know lots of people say it,
but I really mean it: I never
got up on stage for any other
reason than to express myself.
I'm encouraged to find out I
can make a fine living at just
being me!'
Finding other creative
outlets, such as writing films
and creating a TV series (he
was seen some time ago on
the ill-fated "Harry" with
Alan Arkin) is causing Lewis
his most optimistic moments.
"It's a whole other
ballgame. I've been doing
stand-up for over 12 years
now and it's a pretty taxing
way to make money. I don't
know how much longer I can
stand up in front of a roomful
of strangers. I worry about
what they're saying behind
my back. When I headline at
a club, I always have this fan-
tasy of couples getting ready
in the hotel room saying,
`Hurry up, honey, or we'll see
Richard Lewis! "
Still, with all his worrying,
he admits he is actually quite
content with the way his
career seems to be progress-
ing. "If I could do anything

differently, it would be worry-
ing less about what other peo-
ple thought and caring more
about what I was doing. I'm
trying to do that now and it's
a constant battle. There are a
billion judges out there, in
every walk of life, but par-
ticularly in show business.

"Actually I'm pretty
laid back about
fame, adulation, or
whatever you want
to call it."

You can really lose who you
are by caring too much!'
Lewis says he's hard at
work trying to re-vamp that
aspect of his personality. He's
also formulating future goals.
"Twenty years from now I
hope to be out of
psychotherapy. That's one
major goal. And I really want
to stop eating red meat by
then. I also hope to have built
up a few good Richard Lewis.

films that mean something to
people!"
The pensive side of Richard
Lewis hopes for much more.
"If by chance, a loving, terrific
woman comes along, that
wouldn't be bad either. Now,
those are four pretty good
goals, don't you think?"
No matter what else is in
the offing, Lewis' intends to
stick with comedy — even if it
kills him. But he concedes he
has had other ambitions. If he
weren't earning a living do-
ing what he does, Lewis says
he might have made a career
out of "neurotic architecture"
— working with wealthy
therapy patients, trying to
design houses for problem
families.
"I would build a house
where a father who wasn't
around much could be seen on
a big screen; where there
wouldn't be such a feeling of
abandonment.
"And, darn it," he laments,
"now I'm worried because
some else might do that just
because I'm too busy!"

GOING PLACES

Continued from preceding page

Saturday, - 567 9000.

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BRUNCH WITH BACH
Detroit Institute of Art,
Kresge Court, 5200
Woodward, Detroit, Les
Fetes Galantes, Sunday,
admission. 832-2730.
BIRMINGHAM
SUMMER CONCERT
SERIES
Shain Park, Birmingham-
Bloomfield Symphony
Orchestra, Thursday.
644-1807.
SOUTHFIELD TOURS
Wharton Center, East
Lansing, trip to hear
Detroit Symphony Pops
Orchestra and Empire
Brass, Saturday, admission.
354-4717.
COMMUNITY HOUSE
380 S. Bates, Birmingham,
Joseph Rosochacki,
Tuesday, admission.
644-5832.

ART SHOWS

PRESTON BURKE
GALLERIES, INC.
240 E. Grand River Ave.,
Libby Golden, Recent
Paintings: From
Archaeology to Music, now
through June 10, 963-2350.
CADE GALLERY
214 W. Sixth St., Royal
Oak, drawing and painting
with mono-prints by
Meighen Powell and
Stephen Magsig, Saturday
through July 6, 546-3365.

NAWARA GALLERY
1160 Welch Rd., Walled
Lake, "Michael Mahoney:
Paintings," now through
July 2. 669-9543.
COLLEGE OF ART AND
DESIGN
245 E. Kirby, Detroit, 62nd
annual Student Exhibit,
now through Tuesday,
872-3118.
DETROIT HISTORICAL
MUSEUM
5401 Woodward, "Over
Here: American Poster Art
in the Great War,
1917-1919," now through
September. 833-1805.
PARK WEST GALLERY
29469 Northwestern,
Southfield, Rembrandt
exhibition and sale,
through June 23, 354-2343.
ROBERT KIDD
GALLERY
107 Townsend,
Birmingham, paintings by
George Kozmon, through
Wednesday. 642-3909.
CANTOR/LEMBERG
GALLERY
538 N. Woodward,
Birmingham, paintings by
Douglas Bulka, now
through June 11. 642-6623.
CRANBROOK SCHOOLS
Kingswood Lower Gallery,
885 Cranbrook Rd.,
Bloomfield Hills, painter
Alise Citrin and ceramicist
John Murphy, weekdays
through June 10. 645-3490.
MICHIGAN WATER
COLOR SOCIETY

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