This newly released indie documentary follows the journey of the controversial stand-up comedian, Richard Lett and his struggle with addiction, homelessness, and mental health issues that have plagued his career. After losing just about everything he’d worked for, he managed to overcome the obstacles before him and live to tell the tale. Never Be Done: The Richard Glen Lett Story was presented to me on behalf of Comedy Dynamics to give an honest and fair review.
Director: Roy Tighe
Starring: Richard Lett, Kathleen Bolton, Breanna Lett
It’s fair to say that I found myself at a slight disadvantage when it came to giving this newly released documentary a shot, especially when taking into consideration the fact that I’m an Englishman living almost four thousand miles away from where it was filmed and produced, with little to no knowledge of who Richard Glen Lett was or what he was known for prior to this. With that being said, this rollercoaster of a journey managed to introduce Richard to me as a personality on a number of different levels, some of which surprised me.
As far as indie films go, the filmmakers did a great job in simplifying the narrative and documenting the problematic issues Richard was living with and having to cope with on a daily basis, before tackling the tricky element of self realisation, and finally detailing the recovery process. Without a shadow of a doubt, the type of comedy which was showcased early on in this doc however, wouldn’t stand up in today’s generation – some would call it politically incorrect while others would slam it as being rude, disrespectful and pre-historic, but as a viewer you understood the personal demons that were troubling Richard too and found yourself sympathising with him to an extent, especially when taking into consideration the health and living issues he was trying to tackle too.
Another positive would have to be the way in which a plethora of different people gave their thoughts on Richard as a person and their opinion on his erratic behaviour being portrayed. Family members, friends, fellow stand-up comedians and even former employers gave their take on the subject. Something else I felt swung in the favour of the documentary on a whole was the runtime – clocking in at seventy-eight minutes – this didn’t seem too excessive, nor did it seem too short for a film of this nature.
Ultimately, I’m not sure whether Richard Lett is a person that would be regarded as likeable, but it was hard not to have sympathy and pity for the situation he found himself in, before fighting out of it as successfully, as he did. On a whole, this doc was well-made, gripping and very insightful at times.
Never Be Done: The Richard Glen Lett Story will be available for rental and purchase on several platforms, including Amazon Prime Video, YouTube Movies, Apple TV, Google Play and many more, from the 16th June, 2020 onwards.
“That’s right, I’m schizophrenic and therefore continue to work in the world of Canadian entertainment.”Richard Glen Lett – Never Be Done: The Richard Glen Lett Story