"Never Be Done: The Richard Glen Lett Story" (2020) - Sam Gall Movie Review Issue #31 Gem Mint 10.0

Updated: Sep 17, 2020

“Never Be Done: The Richard Glen Lett Story” (2020) directed by Roy Tighe

"A documentary about Canadian Comedian Richard Lett who lost everything to alocholism but was able to turn his life around. The movie was filmed over the course of 7 years and it's been over 10 years since filming began."

You might like this if like: stand-up comedy, comedy, comedians, dark humor, Richard Glen Lett, "Funny People" (2009) directed by Judd Apatow (if you like Judd & his other films you might like this too), addiction stories, redemption stories, "I'm Still Here" (2010), "Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind" (2018), "Conan O'Brien Can't Stop" (2011), "The Zen Diaries of Gary Shandling" (2018)

I didn’t know what to expect when this film was sent to me... but holy sh*t what a story! What an opening! I’m sorry but I went in thinking this could’ve been literally anything and instead what I got was an INCREDIBLE freestyle rap right up front followed by an even more incredible film.

Richard Glen Lett in "Never Be Done: The Richard Glen Lett Story" (2020)

I had never heard of Richard Glen Lett before this film. What a character. What a life he's lived. It's just fascinating to watch. It’s so brutally dark and honest I love it. I love those type of stories. You feel such a mix of emotions watching this man tear his life apart and try to bring it all together again. It’s something I think we can all relate to. I certainly haven’t seen a comic like this.

I love the comedic world of stand-up and comedy. Especially ones that take a look at the behind the scenes. “Funny People” (2009) by Judd Apatow, about a stand-up comic dealing with cancer who takes a younger comic under his wing, is my favorite film of all time. Apatow’s two part documentary about Gary Shandling on HBO, “The Zen Diaries of Gary Shandling” (2018), is another behind-the-scenes-of-a-comedian masterpiece. Conan O’Brien’s “Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop” (2011) and Robin William’s “Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind” (2018) are also insanely terrific just to name a few more. I devour the genre and Tighe's "Never Be Done" flies right up there with them!

Breanna Lett (daughter, left) & Richard Glen Lett (right) in "Never Be Done: The Richard Glen Lett Story" (2020)

Somehow through the cursing, racism, and vulgarity there’s a very human, painful and touching center to the film. To Richard Glen Lett. On on top of that he just made me laugh like crazy amongst all this chaos that was going on. I think just as daring and brave as Lett is, the movement behind telling his story, the documentary team took a big risk that I couldn’t be more grateful for. I'm just so glad I got to see this. For me, it was a beautiful story about overcoming yourself and the difficulties of dealing with your mistakes. Something I’m sure we can all relate to.

Richard Glen Lett in "Never Be Done: The Richard Glen Lett Story" (2020)

Thank you so much to producer Danny Mendlow for sending me the film to watch and review. It was such a surprising treat and I'm glad you shared it with me! Thank you for introducing me to one of the greatest comics alive! I always commend an artist who expresses themselves differently and Richard Glen Lett is the shining example. Keep on doing what you're doing!

Written by Sam Gall 08/02/20

CGC Grading: Gem Mint 10.0

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