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Never Be Done-The Richard Glenn Lett Story

September 5, 2022

Well it looks like the Richard Glen Lett mystery has been solved. Shane J. Davis let me know that he just saw Richard about an hour or so ago, he did suffer a mild heart attack but the reports of his demise are greatly exaggerated.. He's presently checking into a recovery house and will most likely be off the grid while he regains his health Martha Chaves passed along a photo from Marty Burtwell

Hopefully this is solved. #canadiancomedy #comedyfriends

Richard told me he loved the movie review. And I said, "Must say it was a hard movie for me to watch. And I watched it 4 times." Richard laughed and said, "Try Living It!" RIP Mr. Lett

Movie Review

Never Be Done – The Richard Glen Lett Story

Selfishness – selfcenterdness That, we think, is the root of our troubles. Driven by a hundred forms of fear, self-delusion, self-seeking, self-pity, we step on the toes of our fellows and they retaliate. *At the beginning of the documentary*

The author, David Reuben, has know Richard Lett on a professional level for about twenty years. Mr. Lett is a gifted stand-up comic, poetry slam champion, actor, and writer. Unfortunately, Richard Lett self sabotaged his career due to alcohol, drugs, mental health issues, and a lack of self awareness or maybe too much self awareness.

I have always liked Richard, so when I sat down to watch “Never Be Done” – The Richard Glen Lett Story, I was rooting for Mr. Lett. The story picks up Richard Lett’s life in late 2009 as it spirals out of control. His life was tragic at times, showing the dark side of the stand-up comedy world.

This is not a made for Hollywood bio pic by any stretch of the imagination. It is a well filmed documentary following a man during a rough time in his life.

Richard Lett opens the doors to his life and mind. He let’s us see him hit rock bottom and takes us on the journey through his “Phoenix” like rise from the ashes of his life. It is honest and raw! Sometimes you just say wow.

Throughout the movie we see that Richard Lett lived and did stand-up comedy by his own rules. The movie shows one of Mr. Lett’s most controversial bits “The Ballad of Bobby Pickton” based on the murders done by Robert Pickton.

His booze fueled stand-up act shown in the movie was clever and demonstrated his indignation towards the rules of society. He liked to piss people off and was banned from room’s in Vancouver and Alberta because of his “Shitty Attitude”. But then “Shitty Attitude” was his thing back then.

What is obvious in this movie is the love Richard has for his friend Kathleen and his daughter Breanna Lett. In fact, this love is given back to Richard in spades. I think the reason Mr. Lett fought his demons is because Breanna means everything to Richard. The movie talks about his cancer diagnoses, his homeless problem, and his realization that he is an alcoholic. There is a depth of honesty that Richard shows when agonizing over his failures and fighting to stay alive.

The sequence where Richard was moving out of his apartment with the walls covered in writing was particularly disturbing to watch.

From living in his car, to going for treatment for his addictions, to reinventing himself on stage, it is a constant rollercoaster ride of emotions.

“Never Be Done” – The Richard Glen Lett Story is not an easy movie to watch, but then is life easy? I think it is a movie that every performer should watch because what happened to Richard could happen to anyone.

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- David Reuben – Founder of The Comedy Green Room Dot Com

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