Standup comedian and Curb Your Enthusiasm star Richard Lewis revealed he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease two years ago. In a brief Twitter video posted on Sunday, the comedian disclosed that he had been struggling with health issues over the last three-and-a-half years which was the reason for his hiatus from standup comedy. Following his diagnosis with Parkinson’s, the Anything But Love star decided to retire from the stage.
Lewis, who recently finished filming Curb Your Enthusiasm‘s season 12 finale, said he will continue writing and acting. He had made the decision to retire from standup comedy a while back he said in the video. “I said, you know, I’m at the top of my game. After 50 years almost I’m just going to call it quits. I felt great about that. And then out of the blue, the sh*t hit the fan.”
He had to undergo shoulder surgery, shoulder replacement surgery, back surgery and hip replacement surgery, all in quick succession. He’s been focussing on his physiotherapy since then.
“On top of all of that, two years ago I started walking a little stiffly, I was shuffling my feet and I went to a neurologist. And they gave me a brain scan and I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease,” he said in the video. “I’m finished with standup. I’m just focused on writing and acting.” The comedian said that while he got the disease later in life, he’s under the doctor’s eye and on the right medication so he’s “cool”.
Lewis has been a regular on Curb Your Enthusiasm since its premiere in 2000. Currently, there are no signs of him parting ways with the show. However, there are speculations that this might be the final season of the series. This comes after two producers hinted on social media that they had wrapped production for good.