Ritch Shydner
Comedian
Ritch Shydner
Ritch Shydner is an American stand-up comedian, comic writer, and actor.
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Book Review: "Kicking Through The Ashes"
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Kicking Through The Ashes: My Life as a Stand-up in the 1980's Comedy Boom Ritch Shydner It's been just about 50 years since the fuse on the last big comedy explosion was lit, touched off about the same time protests against the Viet Nam war, the Summer of Love and man first landed on the moon. George Carlin traded in his necktie for a jean jacket, Richard Pryor came roaring out of the urban counterculture, and Rodney Dangerfield discovered that getting no respect was his key to selling out rooms. Between then and now, thousands upon thousands of stand-up comedians have thrown themselves on the grenade. A few of them, in one decade or another, have made their mark as true comedy stars be it on stage, television or in the movies. Hundreds more have become "household names" of one degree or another, as stars of comedy special, sitcoms or -- in the past decade or so -- soundcasting. And through documentaries, books, or soundcasts, a number of people have tried to capture the esse ...
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Ritch Shydner: Veteran Comedian And Chronicler Of The 1980s Comedy Boom
Huffington Post - 5 months
Comedian Ritch Shydner All photos courtesy of Ritch Shydner Ritch Shydner's new book, "Kicking Through The Ashes: My Life as a Stand-up in the 1980s Comedy Explosion", has just been published. In the 1980s, Ritch made numerous appearances on TV, including "Late Night with David Letterman" and "The Tonight Show" with both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno. He did an HBO half-hour special, "One Night Stand." He played Al Bundy's co-worker on "Married with Children", and made guest appearances on many other TV shows, such as "Designing Women" and "Roseanne." Ritch was able to translate his modest success on TV into an obscure film career, appearing in Steve Martin's, "Roxanne," and Eddie Murphy's, "Beverly Hills Cop II," before moving on to minor roles on smaller pictures. Ritch wrote for sitcoms such as "Roseanne", "The Jeff Foxworthy Show," and HBO's "The Mind of the Married Man." He wrote material for Jeff Foxworthy's Grammy-nominated comedy albums, "Totally Committed," and "Big ...
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Showbiz Crack Whores: A Week In LA With Norm Macdonald - Deadspin
Google News - over 5 years
Among the others writers in the office during our week were Luke Cunningham, comedian Ritch Shydner (whose "HBO One Night Stand" special I totally remembered watching as a kid), and Dave Dameshek. Once the pilot was picked up, none of us from that
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I Am Comic - Sky TV
Google News - over 5 years
Director Jordan Brady, once a comic himself, enlists the help of 80s TV star Ritch Shydner to meet some of America's finest stand-ups to find out what it takes to get to the top of the stand-up circuit, and how hard it is to stay there
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BROWSING BOOKS; Paperback Row
NYTimes - about 9 years
FINAL EXAM: A Surgeon's Reflections on Mortality, by Pauline W. Chen. (Vintage, $13.95.) To doctors, who are in the business of saving lives, death represents failure. ''I learned from many of my teachers and colleagues to suspend or suppress any shared human feelings for my dying patients,'' Chen, a liver surgeon, writes. ''These lessons in denial
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BEST SELLERS: October 15, 2006
NYTimes - over 10 years
Weeks This Last On Week Week List FICTION 1 1 FOR ONE MORE DAY, by Mitch Albom. (Hyperion, $21.95.) A troubled man gets a last chance to reconnect and restore his relationship with his dead mother. 2 1 3 THE THIRTEENTH TALE, by Diane Setterfield. (Atria, $26.) A biographer struggles to discover the truth about an aging writer who has mythologized
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Errors of Comedy
NYTimes - over 10 years
I KILLED True Stories of the Road From America's Top Comics. Compiled by Ritch Shydner and Mark Schiff. 264 pp. Crown Publishers. $23.95. Dying is easy, the old saying goes; comedy is hard. Like most old sayings, this one contains some truth but is a little wide of the mark. As anyone who makes people laugh for a living finds out sooner or later,
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ritch Shydner
    FIFTIES
  • 2010
    Age 57
    Ritch was partly the focus of the 2010 documentary movie I Am Comic, in which he traveled around the country interviewing various comedians, a process that ultimately led to his return to stand-up by going on the stage again after 13 years of retirement.
    More Details Hide Details As an actor, Shydner played Al Bundy's co-worker on Married... with Children and made guest appearances on other TV shows, such as Designing Women and Roseanne. He has also had roles in films, including Roxanne and Beverly Hills Cop II. In the field of writing, Shydner was a staff writer on such sitcoms as Roseanne, The Jeff Foxworthy Show, and Titus, and also wrote scripts for Becker. He wrote for singers Kenny Rogers and Pam Tillis, as well as ventriloquist David Strassman. Ritch was also on an episode of Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist. Shydner's influences are Art Carney, Lenny Bruce, Red Skelton, and George Carlin.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1982
    Age 29
    In 1982, he brought his act to Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details Slowly he started getting called in to audition for casting directors. Shydner studied acting for about four years, and landed a regular role on Married... with Children. As a stand-up comedian, Shydner appeared on the Johnny Carson, David Letterman, and Jay Leno shows numerous times. He did an HBO half-hour special, One Night Stand. Aside from performing stand-up, Ritch, along with comedian Mark Schiff, compiled stories of comedians on the road in a book called I Killed (2006).
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1952
    Born
    Born on December 3, 1952.
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