09/02/2014 06:19 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Richard Lewis Talks Richard Lewis: Bundle of Nerves : Mighty Movie Podcast

2014-09-02-Richard_Lewis_Diary_Of_A_Young_Comic_STILL_410_v01.jpgYou'll hear it in the show, and I'm not going to hide it: I was kinda intimidated talking to Richard Lewis. A brilliant comedian with a lightning-fast mind, Lewis has bested interviewers with far more supple intellects than yours truly. To add to my anxiety, I went into the discussion having watched Drunks, the 1995 feature film in which Lewis reveals a rarely seen facility for soul-searing drama. Fully aware of his range and his skill, I knew this discussion was going to be working at a wholly different level than my typical, cozy little chats.

And, bless him, Lewis was great. Our conversation focuses on Richard Lewis: Bundle of Nerves -- a just-released two-disc set that includes Drunks, as well his acting debut, Diary of a Young Comic, a new-to-DVD HBO special, Magical Misery Tour, and a bonus, documentary feature, House of a Lifetime. In the course of the conversation, Lewis discusses his inspirations, explores his ambitions, and just in passing points out that the host of a certain, film-centric podcast shouldn't presume that everything can be filtered through the wisdom of Cahiers du Cinema.

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Richard Lewis Talks Richard Lewis: Bundle of Nerves