RICHARD MORRIS is a STANDUP COMEDIAN from New York City who was a frequent guest on NBC's LATE NIGHT WITH DAVID LETTERMAN and was one of the original eight writers for that show. Also among his credits: Richard has made guest appearances on many other television shows: including CAROLINE'S COMEDY HOUR, EVENING AT THE IMPROV, and has written for other top comedians including RODNEY DANGERFIELD.
Richard's work throughout his career has been mainly as a headline comedian at the nation's top comedy clubs - and in New York and Los Angeles Richard was a popular standup comedian at THE IMPROV, THE COMEDY STORE, CATCH A RISING STAR, and THE COMIC STRIP.While Richard was working as a comedian and writer he also started learning about the possibilities of Jewish observance (something he wasn't encouraged to do throughout his childhood). He was particularly influenced by the world-wide Chassidic group, Chabad-Lubavitch, which very much concerns itself with bringing fellow Jews closer to Judaism.
The path he chose proved to be more important to him than he ever imagined it would be. A good example: in 1991 Richard was attending a Shabbaton (a weekend) in Crown Heights, but was also scheduled to perform a guest spot on a national television show, COMEDY ON THE ROAD, being taped that Saturday evening at the COMIC STRIP in New York. He left the Shabbaton right after Shabbos, performed on the show, and when he was asked to stay for the after-show festivities, he declined, and went back to Crown Heights to be with everyone at the Shabbaton and to see the evening's guest speaker.
In 1994 Richard was booked more and more for Jewish audiences, combining an evening of his standup comedy with the story of his return to his Judaism - which very much included stopping work on Friday nights - one of the two most valued nights for a comedian to work.
In 1995 Richard wrote a theatre piece: "War Numbering Office," which was developed and performed at an experimental artist's space: TRIBECA LAB, in New York, with a cast of five, including Richard ... followed in 1996 by appearances with various groups of performers at New York's on-the-edge performance space: SURF REALITY.
In 1997 Richard put a title on his show for Jewish audiences: "Comedy and Coming Home," and instead of hanging out with the trend-setters in Soho and the Lower East Side, he accepted bookings from Florida to Las Vegas to Alaska, as his work for Jewish audiences was written up most favorably in an article in THE JEWISH WEEK. And 1998 finds Richard working ... from Binghamton (SUNY) to Toronto to California....