Richard Lewis claims to have started the use of the phrase "the [blank] from hell," as in "the date from hell" or "the roommate from hell" and in an episode of the show "Curb Your Enthusiasm" that Lewis frequently appears on (playing a character based on himself) he seeks to be given credit for the coinage. The Yale Book of Quotations gives him props, but Bartlett's refuses, both on the show and in real life. Lewis will bring his stand up act, which he's been honing since the early '70s, to the Ridgefield Playhouse Saturday night. Hopefully it won't be a stand up act from hell.
The Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge, Ridgefield. Sat., April 13, 8 p.m. $65. (203) 438-5795. ridgefieldplayhouse.org.