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Ritch Shydner

Stand-Up Comedian

New book, Kicking Through The Ashes: My Life as a Stand-up in the 1980's Comedy Explosion. Due out in early 2016

Ritch Shydner

Stand-Up Comedian

Kicking Through The Ashes:
My Life as a Stand-up in the 1980's Comedy Explosion
Due out in early 2016

Ritch Shydner

Stand-Up Comedian

Kicking Through The Ashes:
My Life as a Stand-up in the 1980's Comedy Explosion
Due out in early 2016

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NEW BOOK Due Out Early 2016:

Ritch's new book, Kicking Through The Ashes: My Life as a Stand-up in the 1980's Comedy Explosion, will be out in early 2016. Read a story from the book here..

In the 1980’s, 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.”

Ritch wrote material for Jeff Foxworthy’s Grammy nominated comedy albums, “Totally Committed,” and “Big Fun.” He also wrote for Ron White and Jay Leno.

In 2006 Ritch was co-author of a book on stand-up, “I Killed”.

In 2010 Ritch produced and performed in an award winning documentary on the world of stand-up comedy, “I Am Comic”.

Currently Ritch is writing a movie adaptation for HBO of Bill Maher's book, "True Story".

I Am Comic
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I Am Comic
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I Killed: True Stories of the Road from America's Top Comics

A Comic's Comic

And remember, Shydner, don’t tell anyone you wrote those jokes for me.

-- Jay Leno
Ritch Shydner is a terrific comedy writer and definitely one of the good guys..

-- Jerry Seinfeld
Ritch helped me write two albums, both of which were nominated for Grammys. I've always thought that he was one of the best stand-ups ever..

-- Jeff Foxwothy
Back in the day, in the dingy ratskellers in which we learned our craft, Ritch Shydner was always the comic the other comics came into the room to watch, because he was the funniest. That hasn’t changed, and I’m afraid neither have the ratskellers..

-- Bill Maher

News

Ritch Shydner on Howie's High Sierra Comedy Vault

News

Ritch Shydner on Howie's High Sierra Comedy Vault

04-18-2015

Last month, Ritch was out in Tahoe performing at the Tahoe Improv.  He appeared on Howie Nave's morning show and podcast.  And you can now listen to it here...

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