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Apologizing to Richard Lewis

05/25/2011 12:10 pm ET

In my recent review of the tribute to Mort Sahl, because I wanted to include long quotes from Albert Brooks and Sahl himself, I carelessly summarized an outstanding performance by veteran stand-up comic Richard Lewis with two parenthesized words, "dick jokes." Actually, his paean to penises was hysterical, with brilliant imagery, embedded in a larger context of sexuality, the fear of intimacy, turning 60, George Bush and the war in Iraq. So I'm sorry to have shortchanged Lewis by seemingly dismissing his talent. His non-stop stream-of-conscious monologues are honest and courageous, delivered with the rhythm and body language of a guilt-ridden rabbi, as he continues to make a fine art of his deepest neuroses.