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Larry David’s tribute to Richard Lewis perfectly captures their lifelong friendship

Larry David’s statement on the death of Richard Lewis perfectly captures their lifelong friendship
Posted at 8:55 AM, Feb 29, 2024

Larry David, longtime friend and collaborator of the late comedian Richard Lewis, shared a statement following Lewis’ death, expressing among other sentiments that he’ll “never forgive [Lewis]” for making him sob.

“Richard and I were born three days apart in the same hospital and for most of my life he’s been like a brother to me,” David said in the statement. “He had that rare combination of being the funniest person and also the sweetest. But today he made me sob and for that I’ll never forgive him.”

Though the pair were born in the same Brooklyn hospital, they didn’t meet until age 12 at summer camp — where they were “arch-rivals,” Lewis said in a 2015 interview — then reconnected later as young adults coming up in the New York comedy scene.

Lewis, who shared his Parkinson’s disease diagnosis last year, died Tuesday night of a heart attack. He was 76.

Lewis and David worked together on David’s long-running sitcom, “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” on which each play a heightened version of their real-life selves. The series’ final season is currently airing on HBO.

Another of Lewis’ costars on “Curb,” Cheryl Hines, took to social media to share a touching tribute:

Lewis became a staple of the New York comedy scene in the 1970s but rose to prominence in the ’80s and ’90s through standup specials and late-night appearances in addition to TV roles.

The National Comedy Center issued a statement on his passing, noting his contributions to the art form and indelible mark on comedy as we know it today. “Richard Lewis was part of a changing of the guard in stand-up history during the 1970s,” said executive director Journey Gunderson, “His work exemplified and anticipated the deeply personal, raw, introspective and yes, neurotic, tone that has come to color so much contemporary comedy.”

Other comedians shared tributes to Lewis on Twitter/X, including Jon Stewart, who pointed out that the pair share the same face:

And Steve Martin used Lewis’ own touching words to pay respects to the late comedian:

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