Comedian Jerry Lewis Dies At Age 91

Variety reports:

Jerry Lewis, the brash slapstick comic who teamed with Dean Martin in the 1950s and later starred in “The Nutty Professor” and “The Bellboy” before launching the Muscular Dystrophy telethon, has died in Las Vegas. He was 91.

Over the past 10 years of his life, the cranky icon’s reputation soured as he was forced to apologize for making a gay slur on camera during the 2007 telethon, continued to make racist jokes into his ’90s, and didn’t hesitate to share his right-wing political views.

From the Hollywood Reporter:

Lewis, who teamed with Dean Martin in the 1950s as one of the most successful tandems in the history of show business, died at 9:15 a.m. at his home in Las Vegas, John Katsilometes of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported, citing a statement from Lewis’ family.

Lewis also was known for his efforts as national chairman of the Muscular Dystrophy Assn. He devoted more than a half-century to fighting the neuromuscular disease, hosting an annual Labor Day telethon — and raising nearly $2.5 billion — from 1955 until he was ousted before the 2011 telecast. Lewis was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 1977 for his efforts.

  • Paula

    Well, Jerry RIP. I’m sure some people will miss you.

    • kaydenpat

      Such a diplomatic way to handle his death.

  • JWC

    another Icon gone

  • another_steve

    His moral defects aside, he brought many smiles and much laughter to the world.

    Condolences to his loved ones and may he rest in peace.

    • Sporkfighter

      The good mitigated the bad.

  • Jeffg166

    I thought he was dead. Now he is.

  • Ninja0980

    He certainly leaves a mixed legacy behind.

  • Derrick Johns

    Jerry Lewis was wonderful. Yesterday it was Dick Gregory’s departure–also wonderful and great. OK.

  • Karl Dubhe

    To joke;

    I’m sure the French will be inconsolable.

    • Bluto

      Mime your manners, young man.

    • Salton

      Before emigrating from France to the U.S. — and even after — I had never seen any Jerry Lewis movie or any telethon for that matter. This is one French native who won’t miss him.

  • ChrisInKansas

    Wow. You know…I don’t think I’ve actually seen a single Jerry Lewis film. How did that happen?

    • thatotherjean

      IMHO, unless you’re a fan of slapstick and over-the-top silliness, you haven’t missed much. But the French loved him, so I may be missing something.

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      None of his movies were ever really considered “good”, even back in the day when they made money. His niche was low-brow entertainment.

  • Denis

    That Variety obit was savage.

  • Carl

    He did some real good. He kind of ruined it by opening his mouth. So…. um…. he’s dead now. That movie his did with De Niro was pretty good.

    • cheakamus

      Yes, Jerry played the straight guy and DeNiro the comedian, as I recall. I’d like to see that again!

      • Carl

        The King of Comedy. It’s sort of a thematic sequel to Taxi Driver.

  • Hanwi

    He may have had some shortcomings, what 90yr old doesn’t, buy his net impact was positive. Condolences to his loved ones.

  • Tulle Christensen

    You know what is funny, from my childhood onward I never found Jerry Lewis funny.

    This was long before i knew his political views

    added: but good for him raising money for MD

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      I never thought he was very funny, either. But I didn’t think almost any “comedy” from that era was funny. I never liked Bob Hope, Jack Benny, Henny Youngman or Don Rickles either. And Phyllis Diller was hit-or-miss; she would have a good line every now and then, but you had to sit through a lot of tired shtick to get to it.

      • clay

        So . . . it was a Republican era.

        • Sporkfighter

          The funny stuff has always been liberal. Laugh-In, the Smothers Brothers.

          • Mrs. Councillor Nugent

            “I saw the ballet the other night.” “Bolshoi?” “No, it was really quite good.” Rough recall of a Smothers Brothers sketch.

          • Hank

            Chocolate – The Smothers Brothers
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSmqYSVVpTM

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        • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

          Slapstick; When thinking is hard.

      • Goodboy

        The comedy was god aweful but for some reason I still like listening to them on my XM Raw Dog Comedy. More nostalgia I guess.

      • romanhans

        I’m not sure what old comedy is still good. Red Skelton, Sid Caesar, Burns & Allen, Jack Benny, even Carol Burnett haven’t aged well. Marx Brothers and Lucille Ball seem to be the exceptions.

        • Beagle

          Funny that you should mention the Marx Brothers. Groucho passed away 40 years ago today.

        • David Walker

          The old comedy that is still good is the comedy that makes you laugh. As Duke Ellington said about music: “There are simply two kinds of music, good music and the other kind … the only yardstick by which the result should be judged is simply that of how it sounds. If it sounds good it’s successful; if it doesn’t it has failed.”

        • Librarykid

          To each his own. As I got older, like beyond childhood, Lucy’s shows got less funny. Like most sitcoms of the 50s and early 60s, they were written to a formula. Once you realized that, saw her make the grossed out face or heard her cry, that was it. Ricky and Fred were even more scripted. I won’t stop if I pass one of her shows while channel surfing. I thought that Carol Burnett’s variety show had a lot of talent, but she was wise to let her guests and her other regulars get the laughs. I think part of the problem today is that the channels showing these programs inundate the audience with episodes. Back when these shows were in prime time, we waited from week to seek for a half hour, or, in some cases, an hour episode.

          • Rob NYNY

            I still laugh to tears at the “Went With the Wind” entrance at the top of the stairs.

          • Snarkaholic

            I saw the “curtains dress” at an exhibition of her costumes…it was magnificent (especially the fez cap).

        • Eddie Besketti

          whatever happened to Geraldine Jones and her boyfriend Killer?

      • Bernie Keefe

        I couldn’t stand Bob Hope.

      • Oh, I like Jack Benny. He was a hoot.

    • another_steve

      His humor was largely slapstick in nature – particularly in his movies. Similar to “The Three Stooges.”

      Not everyone’s cuppa tea, that.

      • Tulle Christensen

        makes sense I never found The Three Stooges funny either

      • Carl

        I kinda dig the Stooges.

        • Harveyrabbit

          Yeah, they had the occasional funny scene in their earlier years. Then Shemp l̶e̶f̶t got fired.

          https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9e1812497b922bef82e3d146190ba588c64feac172e10a2b741f964f7d02aaa7.jpg

        • another_steve

          Grew up on them in the 1950s.

          My mother, ever-anxious to get my sister and me out of the house, would give us two bucks and send us off to the movie theater to watch the latest Stooges movie.

        • greenmanTN

          The Little Rascals and the 3 Stooges came on every afternoon after I got home from school. I really liked them but some of their antics gave me the willies, Iike running a grater over someone’s head. Have you ever run your knuckles across a cheese grater by accident? It really fucking hurts, not to mention slivers of your skin ending up with whatever you’re grating!

          • Carl

            I don’t recommend the the Home Alone movies to you.

          • greenmanTN

            Eh. I got over it. Plus I like (some) horror movies, so what’s wrong a little cheese grater action between friends?

            A pretty funny black comedy if you haven’t seen it. Sort of in the Shaun Of The Dead vein.

            https://youtu.be/A4ceJkT2VtQ

          • Daveed_WOW

            Maybe I’m overthinking this,but I’m a little annoyed that every celebrity needs to comment on every death. As if it’s about themselves. No wonder Hollywood kicked Ken Russell to the curb. He used their money to show what a bunch of narcissistic assholes they are.

          • greenmanTN

            To me what’s annoying is reporters asking actors and actresses for their opinions on current political/social matters.

            Who died and made Richard Gere MaHatma Ghandi?

          • Daveed_WOW

            Totally. Shut up and act, Richard Gere.

          • Derrick Johns

            In childhood I loved them. In adulthood (If that’s what I am) I can’t stand The 3 Stooges. I’d like to see the Little Rascals again.

          • doninkansas

            I loved the Little Rascals, have all their shorts and most of the Three Stooges on DVD.

          • Derrick Johns

            But you know, I guess when we’re watching/listening to Kellyanne, Seesions and Donald…well, I guess we still have the 3 stooges. When we see our future president in a year, the Undertaker from Indiana,–I guess we’re getting Dracula

        • doninkansas

          I loved the Three Stooges, Jerry Lewis, could not stand.

      • Goodboy

        We kids loved it though.

      • Just Noh

        no. i found 3 stooges (on “slam bang theater”) very upsetting as a child. still don’t get it. the minimal times i’ve been exposed to jerry lewis were basically “nope, pass.” but, apparently being a racist misogynistic homophobe is somehow terrific when he’s parading the differently abled as helpless freaks and he’s their savior.

        • another_steve

          Interesting comment, JN.

          There was considerable “violence” of a sort in the Stooges’ slapstick humor. Lots of kicking. Lots of grabbing and twisting by the nose and the like. I can see how some kids might have found that disturbing.

          And yes, there was a bit of the “parade of the freaks” in the early years of Lewis’s telethons. “Look at us we’re walking, look at us we’re talking, we who never walked or talked before.”

          Different times, then. Today that sort of thing would never sell – but then, the $5 and $10 bills came pouring in.

          • Librarykid

            and the poking in the eyes. Too violent to be funny.

          • another_steve

            Yeah… the ‘poking in the eyes’ thing.

            I remember being disturbed by that.

          • Just Noh

            maybe it’s just cause of childhood abuse, but slapping, hitting, poking eyes just isn’t funny.

            i’m an old priss: america’s funniest videos where people could be seriously hurt…also not funny. please note: many vids are, but, for me, not physically violent ones. underline “for me”

          • another_steve

            In my dotage now, I have a personal policy of not watching movies and TV shows that glorify violence. Gun play is a definite no-no. As soon as the guns come out, I change the channel.

            It’s just not the way I choose to spend my leisure time, these days.

          • Randy503

            I watched some episodes of the Sopranos. After a while, I couldn’t take the violence. Yes, it was a wonderful show — great scripts, acting, plotting, atmosphere, everything. But I don’t need to see guy’s head blown off.

    • Carl

      He’s not funny. Neither is Bob Hope.

      • Goodboy

        Bob Hope was hopelessly untalented. The humor was so cue card scripted and dry it was comedy in itself.

      • BJORN RAGNVALDR

        Bob Hope was another colossal asshole. I served him three meals in his room over the course of a weekend stay here. He was rude, dismissive and cheap. On one of those occasions his hair was being worked on and flakes were falling on his steak as he ate. I nearly hurled.

        • kaydenpat

          !!! Yuck.

        • FAEN

          That’s just nasty.

        • Stephen Elliot Phillips

          hope developed Toluca Lake in Los Angeles. It was one of those white only places with a white only country clib. Probably no jews allowed also.

        • Snarkaholic

          Rodney Dangerfield = another fucking asshole. I’ve talked to people who’ve waited on him, and he’s very abusive.

          • Palmer

            Was, the operative word is “was.”

    • kaydenpat

      Me too. I loved his movies when I was a child/teenager but as an adult I haven’t watched him in anything.

    • Kruhn

      Listening some of his classic comedy bits, Lewis was funny.

      His views at the end of his life are shameful, but he was good and did good for a cause.

      I’m guessing the French are even more upset than us Americans. LOL

    • Galvestonian

      The French thought that he was a frickin’ genius. I even believe that they awarded him a medal of some kind. From what I’ve heard over the years he was a cruel vindictive prick to people that worked for him.

      • BigGuy

        But he was a genius as a movie director. His USC students George Lucus and Stephen Spielberg said so.

    • Bernie Keefe

      Same here.

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    I believe he was the last living member of the Rat Pack, wasn’t he? Or is Peter Lawford still alive?

    • Tulle Christensen

      Died: December 24, 1984

    • JWC

      Jerry Lewis wasn’t Frank Sinatra Dean Martin Joey Bishop Peter lawford and Sammy Davis Jr

    • M Jackson

      Shirley McClaine and Angie Dickinson come to mind.

      • JWC

        Occasionally

  • JoeMyGod

    Jerry Lewis attended Irvington High School in Irvington, New Jersey.

    As did Queen Latifah.

    And my mother.

    • kaydenpat

      It’s truly a small world.

  • netxtown

    Wow! A mixed cup. But, if all the people who ever called me a fag also raised $2.5 billion each for a good cause – I would have to go with ‘the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few’. There’s simply way too many kids that benefited from his annual telethons. I’ve laughed at his movies and watched his telethons – and if calling me a fag was the worst he could lob, so be it. I’m bigger than that.

    • another_steve

      Well said.

      He was, as they say, of a “certain generation.”

      Our views of him should accommodate that.

      • Carl

        There are people living better lives because of Jerry Lewis.

        Also, Jerry was a drag to have a conversation with.

        • another_steve

          “There are people living better lives because of Jerry Lewis.”

          The Muscular Dystrophy telethons, yes.

          Old fairies like me grew up watching them.

    • JWC

      A lot of what was done back then was normal but today is totally politically incorrect.Is it fair to judge those actions on today’s criteria or the criteria that was at the time

      • Carl

        There’s a reason people are praised for being ahead of their time.

      • marshlc

        I think it all needs to be taken into account – the whole ball of wax, in the context of that individual person.

        A 90 year old who gets their pronouns wrong when talking about a trans person – that’s fairly understandable, as trans issues have really only reached the mainstream in any meaningful way pretty recently. A 90 year old who is blatantly racist? Civil rights era was more than fifty years ago, they’ve had time to catch up.

        I remember my grandfather using the N word, back in the late sixties when he was in his 80s. I was shocked, as a kid. My mom later explained to me that this was the only word he knew – English was not his first language and he picked up the English he knew from the men he worked with. Yes, he could have been taught a better word, but he lived in a little all-white (95% German immigrant and descendants) town, probably didn’t speak English more than once a week, and saw maybe three black people a year. There were other fights more important to be fought.

    • Librarykid

      I liked his son Gary’s songs in the 60s.

  • bkmn

    He always reminded me of the guy who played ‘Captain 11’ on one of the Sioux Falls TV stations – he had a history of yanking kids arms hard enough to dislodge shoulder sockets and seemed as though someone was punishing him for something by making him do the kids show.

  • Tomcat

    Damn you Jerry, this better not be to keep us from talking about Russia.

    • another_steve

      Lol.

      Wicked you. 😉

  • Daveed_WOW
    • M Jackson

      Seeing Rose-Marie’s twitter makes me unreasonably happy.

      • Daveed_WOW

        You know how nice she is because she said something nice about Jerry Lewis. We should all be so good.

    • netxtown

      My high school Political Science teacher was her brother. And he was damned funny in the classroom.

      • Daveed_WOW

        For me, she was the best role model a little boy could have. Still a smart ass old maid myself. And I have big hair too.

    • Lazycrockett

      Rose Marie is bout to experience her first twitter war.

      • Daveed_WOW

        My money’s on her.

  • Anastasia Beaverhousen

    Never thought he was funny, never liked his politics, I am sure he will be missed by some, but just an obnoxious old man to me.

  • Todd20036

    So long as he didn’t give some of the money raised for MD to RWNJ causes, I’m willing to forgive him for being a jerk

    • JWC

      Many who were popular in their hey days turned into miserabel old jerks when they aged Milton Berle Clint Eastwood Jerry lewis Me

      • netxtown

        It’s not that we have turned into miserable old jerks. it’s that we have much less patience (and time) for fussing and fighting with idiots.

        • JWC

          I will buy into that

        • Adam King

          I’m proud to be able say I’ve lived long enough to achieve miserable old jerkhood.

          • netxtown

            ditto! can I buy ya a coffee?

          • Adam King

            Young people don’t know how to make good coffee anymore.

          • netxtown

            now don’t get me started…. 🙂

          • BJORN RAGNVALDR

            You’re damn right! They think Starbucks is good coffee, tastes over roasted from a scalded pot.
            Now, GET OFF MY LAWN!!!

          • Carl
          • JWC

            we damned well deserved it Used to hate the phase “Youth wasted on the young’ Now I fully agree

        • zhera

          One of the great lessons in life is

          “Ain’t nobody got time for that!”

      • Bad Tom

        You may be old. You may be miserable.
        You don’t seem to be a jerk to me.

        • JWC

          Just a curmudgeon

          • Adam King

            I always thought of you as a pure-bred mudgeon.

          • JWC

            that too

      • Carl

        Weird thing about Clint Eastwood is that his films don’t seem to reflect his views much at all.

        • netxtown

          Money. If he spouted his bs on screen, the screens would end up pock-marked with all kinds of shit.

        • JWC

          No and since he did more directing than acting he was away from personal views

        • Cuberly

          If I had to describe Eastwood films I’d say they’re conservatively made. He’s not so much a cinematic director, I don’t come away from his movies in awe of the visuals. To me he directs in a spare fashion in accordance to what brings most from the scripts he chooses. No frills.

          He has a real knack at pulling some pretty amazing performances from his cast. And that’s the other thing, his casting is superb. I still think Sean Penn’s performance in Mystic River is one for the ages.

      • Tomcat

        I actually mellowed greatly with age, of course it took 5 heart attacks to do it. I was type 1 all my life, balls to the wall morning to night.

        • JWC

          someone wanted you to slow down I guess Another one to add to that list was Paul linde

          • Natty Enquirer

            But you know Lynde got off booze toward the end of his life and Mr. Hyde stopped making his frequent appearances.

          • JWC

            Yes true. I have often notice a weird coerlation between ones outward sellf expressio band addressing ones inward demons Sometimes the most flamboyant are also the most lonely and insecure almost an alter ego

      • Goodboy

        Yeah, but at least Uncle Milty still had his huge cock for happy times.

        • JWC

          which he frequently referenced

      • Reality.Bites

        I don’t think Lewis turned.

        I remember when I still lived in Montreal, which makes it 1988 or earlier, and he made gross public comments about a local female journalist and her genitals.

        • JWC

          was not nice and if he did that today he could be President

      • kaydenpat

        Not you, JWC.

        Charleton Heston can be added to that list along with Chuck Woolery and James Wood.

        • JWC

          yup several became very cranky

      • Derrick Johns

        OK, JWC, you’ve got a point. That doesn’t demean their achievement.

        Do you remember Claudette Colbert? Well, she turned into a right-wing conservative. But that fact doesn’t diminish her career in Hollywood. And the bitch wasn’t even born in US.

        • JWC

          yup people change over a life time as they should

  • danolgb

    So, how many days will his televised funeral last?

    • netxtown

      at least 3 – or until they hit their money goal…..

      • Natty Enquirer

        “Show me the tote!”

  • justmeeeee

    Dude never was funny. I was forced to watch his crap movies when I was a kid, and never found him even remotely funny.

    • Adam King

      I found him remotely funny.

      • kaydenpat

        So did I until I grew up.

  • greenmanTN

    Roseanne Barr: “I just did the Jerry Lewis telethon. We’re collecting money to send him to France.”

    By most accounts he was a nasty piece of work.

    • Carl

      She is too.

      • JWC

        Takes one to know one and you are right

    • Robincho

      He was a piece of garbage that shoulda been shitcanned back at Grossinger’s…

  • ColdCountry

    It sure would be easier if everyone was either all good or all bad. But it is not to be. He did a lot of good and that counts.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    OT but Faux News is trying this angle.

    https://twitter.com/BikerBecca/status/899338711808266240

    • JWC

      Brilliant point

    • Ninja0980

      And yet Republicans are the ones fighting to keep all of the statues up now.

      • Tulle Christensen

        but only to keep the Dems from trying to hide their past sins that cannot ever be forgiven even after it was no longer true for 53 years /s

      • kaydenpat

        Exactly. Nullifies their silly argument.

    • clay

      ‘cuz partisan affiliation is more important than contemporary society.

      at least it is for Fox News.

    • Carl

      Social conservatives love to remind us how awful the Democratic Party was when it was controlled by social conservatives.

      • Reality.Bites

        Social conservative is just the politically correct term for bigoted piece of shit.

    • Tomcat

      Then it should not bother republicans if us Democrats keep fighting to remedy our wrongs.

      • kaydenpat

        But it does because ideologically, the parties have switched places.

    • BearEyes

      all while ignoring that the parties basically flipped to the other.

      • Reality.Bites

        It’s amazing that they still think that argument works.

    • Adam King

      Oh jeez, not that dead-brained canard again. Damn, but right-wingers are dumb.

    • another_steve

      My cat drinks out of the toilet.

      FYI.

      • Johnny Wyeknot

        Dear, put out a nice cut- crystal dish of water for your pussy.

        • another_steve

          We have dishes of water set out all over the house. She prefers the toilets.

          We’re in the woods here and the house, during the warm months, is crawling with spiders. She knows that the spiders tend to congregate in the bathrooms (to be near water, I presume).

          Ever the huntress, she hangs out in the bathrooms a lot.

          • Johnny Wyeknot

            “Hangs out in the bathrooms a lot.” Reminds me of my second boyfriend.

          • another_steve

            LMAO.

          • Librarykid

            In the summer, our miniature schnauzers would lie flat on the tile floors to stay cool, even with the ac cranking.

          • another_steve

            Animal thing, that.

            Girl here stretches out luxuriously on the coldest hardest surfaces in the house, this time of the year.

        • Rebecca Gardner

          And my pussy needs water why? It gets pretty wet on its own. Oh, his cat. Never mind.

          • another_steve

            Lol. Bad, you. 😉

            Men get wet too, you know. They call it “pre-cum” or something.

            A natural lubricant, when insertion in this or that is in play.

      • safari

        And she eats ferns.

        • another_steve

          Bitch calls it “salad.”

      • David
        • another_steve

          That was such a wonderful comedy series.

          No one does that stuff better than our cousins across the pond.

      • Bomer

        Mine just like to watch the water go around when you flush.

    • Cuberly

      Yeah I had to reply to that as well.

      https://twitter.com/LPDah/status/899343134680694784

      • Friday

        When will these people learn that political parties are *not* somehow an inborn trait?

        • Cuberly

          When I see things like that posted the first thought that pops in my head is how cynically manipulative it is towards it’s audience. They know full well what they’re doing, and they do it.

          It shows just how much Fox disrespects it’s viewers all in the name of feeding them half-truths and lies via omission to sell ads. But even worse, they’re manipulated into to propping up an ideologically bankrupt and divided GOP.

          • David Walker

            However, Booze Breath Bannon will change all that with his new news network.

          • Cuberly

            Yep, he’ll be peddling ignorant discontent on steroids.

          • whollyfool

            And he’s been on the National Security Council.

          • Cuberly

            He’s compiled quite the laundry list of targets I’m sure.

        • Cuberly

          Yep, in a nutshell.

        • David Walker

          Perfect.

    • kaydenpat

      So if Democrats were the party of slavery and Confederate war heroes were Democrats, why is it that it’s Republicans who are so gung ho on defending the Confederacy and pro-slavery monuments? I don’t see any prominent Democrats defending the Confederacy.

      • Stuart Wyman-Cahall

        Nixon’s Southern Strategy….google it, young folks.

    • Danieruw

      It’s Jesse Watters, one of the most bigoted of the bigots. And one of the dumbest people ever to live!

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        I saw him on once and thought what a gross puke.

    • coram nobis

      Worth also mentioning Civil War Democrats like Andrew Johnson, Stephen Douglas, George McClellan, Winfield Scott Hancock, Horatio Seymour. Not a Confederate among them.

    • kelven

      Then they should have no objection to the statues coming down since they hate all things Democrat.

    • JCF

      “Southern Strategy, Schmuthern Strategy! Fake News, Never Happened!”: as is inevitable.

  • David
  • canoebum

    “The Bellboy” was funny in its day. I liked “Blame it on the Bellboy” with Bronson Pinchot much better. Variation on a theme.

  • David

    Back in the 70’s he made a “slap-stick comedy” movie (with his Hey Lady! shtick) called The Day the Clown Cried.
    Lewis plays a circus clown at Auschwitz who entertains Jewish children while they’re being marched into the gas chambers.

    (My opinion…..The single most evil and fucked-up concept for a comedy movie I’ve ever heard)

    The move was never released (apparently because of money issues, or something), but the few people who have watched it said that it was the most abhorrent thing they have ever seen.

    • Carl

      my god…. off to Wikipedia I go….

    • kaydenpat

      It sounds worse than “Life Is Beautiful” which has a similarly ridiculous plot.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Jesus fuck!

  • johnnybc

    Will the world finally get the chance to see ” The Day the Clown Cried”?!?

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Asks a worried-looking Hitler Cat.

      • johnnybc

        For the record, his name is “Kitler”.
        And he’s not so worried as much as much as concerned

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  • Natty Enquirer

    A super-egotist whose comedy made me cry and whose drama made me laugh.

    • Reality.Bites

      And whose existence made me cringe.

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    Sort of O/T, but since this is about an obituary:

    I just got off the phone with my mom. One of my dad’s cousins died this week and they had the funeral yesterday. My mom was telling me how you would think he was a prime minister or something from how many people turned up at the church; they couldn’t fit everybody in the church. One of my uncles (who lived in the same town) had previously said of him that nobody ever had an unkind word to say about him. I just remember him always smiling, always trying to help people out or cheer people up, every time I ever saw him. I think that was everybody’s experience with him.

    My mom finished by saying, “He lived a good life.” And I said, “Yes, he did.”

    Just felt like I needed to share that story.

    • billbear1961

      Thanks for sharing it, TLD.

    • Hue-Man

      I always think of Matthew’s eulogy from Four Weddings and a Funeral.
      “But joyful is how I hope you’ll remember him. Not stuck in a box in a church.”

    • doninkansas

      And may his memory be eternal!

    • whollyfool

      Thank you for sharing that.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    OT again, but it appears that some Liberty University students have actually read the Bible.

    https://twitter.com/NPR/status/899259687086022660

    • Carl

      Not all Liberty U kids are true believers. There’s a few who know it’s all bullshit.

      • there’s a little discussed but growing trend among young evangelicals. not the ones who are quitting their religion and coming out, but some of the ones who have accepted and adopted the faith of their parents, etc. it’s a buybull verse about how “man” must steward and shepard the beasts and plants, and otherwise care for their home planet earth, bc gawd told us to.

        these are kids who understand: boiling air and ruined seas = failure to live up to gawd’s commandments. so they take environmental science seriously. a lot of the Olds on the right are, for various reasons, not pro-environmental protections. these kids are brave enough to disagree with them.

      • marshlc

        I know a few young evangelicals who are very sincere, really trying to live their faith. Like all young sincere people, they are pretty good at spotting and calling out hypocrisy as they see it.

        I’d be very surprised if any of them are still in their churches, five years from now. Churches as a whole, and modern evangelism as it is practiced in particular, aren’t too good at standing up to a keen young eye.

    • Adam King

      More like they’ve overcome the Bible, which outright endorses slavery and genocide.

      • Tomcat

        Lets not give them too much credit too fast people.
        They ARE Liberty University.

        • Librarykid

          But a lot of the kids were probably forced to go their by their parents.

        • robindaybird

          Not always by choice, spoke with someone during work who basically was told go to one of the non-Liberty bible colleges or not to go college at all. She hated it.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      I was on campus a few years ago to take the deposition of Falwell’s retired CFO. I got lost and pulled over to ask some students where the administration building was. They were very sweet, and seemingly pretty gay. So naive “closet” doesn’t really apply.

    • kat

      When you read the Christian bible, one of two things happens: you reject its absurdity, superstition and brutality, or you accept its absurdity, superstition and brutality.

      • Librarykid

        Or you try to find the messages of how to behave and love others in that jungle of primitive literature.

  • Adam King

    You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have the facts of life.

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    To tell the truth, I hated his act, especially with Dean Martin. It always seemed to have weirdly queer overtones. Growing up with it, I always felt embarrassed watching it with my parents. I will give him credit for his fundraising, but not for anything else.

    • Natty Enquirer

      What was particularly embarrassing was Lewis’ constant infatuation with his own performance.

  • Reality.Bites

    Wrong bigot, Floating Spaghetti Monster. Try again.

    But thanks anyway.

  • greenmanTN

    I read an article once written by a woman with Muscular Dystrophy who had been on the JL telethon as a child. She said JL was an asshole to everyone when the camera wasn’t on him, including the kids with MD. She was part of a skit or song, expected to perform on demand like a trained seal, but all the kids were sick of JL and by silent consensus they refused to do it.

    His film about the Holocaust is rumored to be one of the worst movies ever made, though few have seen it.

    • Natty Enquirer

      It’s really up to his heirs now.

  • Tomcat

    91 years to make amends for his actions and that was NOT enough time for him to change. Well he changed NOW.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      Into worms’ meat.

  • Scout

    Sorry this is OT. RIP Jerry Lewis. Thank you for all the good you have done.

    https://twitter.com/mikefarb1/status/899320613034184704

  • Cuberly

    As a kid it was our yearly routine to watch the telethon. Basically a variety show on steroids. Some of it was pretty entertaining. He did raise a heck of a lot of money for MD, and some of that money went to research on multiple sclerosis as well. Bit of a personal note, my dad had MS, part of the reason we watched the telethon.

    While I wasn’t a fan of his I can acknowledge his charity work, that alone is a pretty great legacy.

    RIP Mr. Lewis.

  • Mickey Bitsko

    To use a current cliché, Jerry Lewis had the “moral authority” to say…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WMr8ZISY-c

  • Mickey Bitsko

    For what it’s worth, my fave Jerry movie is “Sailor Beware” (1952)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fy7ziy7aS4M

  • June Gordon

    Never thought he was funny. And, by all accounts, he was a dreadful person.

  • i am grateful for his charity work. but honestly? never thought he was ‘funny.’ his was a sort of humor that i could never understand. anyway, RIP Jerry. you did a lot of good stuff with your fame, and that counts.

    • JWC

      Alot of Jerry Lewis was “schtick” and Slap stick seen it once was all it took His sucess with Martin was not script it was “One Off” and that too got old Funny ,no Jerry Lewis wasn’t funny Loud and obnoxious yes but he got laughs. Much as Don Rickles was rude but got laughs and they fed off that

  • infmom

    I thought he was really funny when I was a kid.

    Then I grew up.

    • marshlc

      Yeah, up until I was about nine, the “Hey Lady” shtick was hilarious. Then I started being able to understand things that were actually funny, and that was the end of Jerry Lewis for me. Along with Lucy.

  • AtticusP

    I was never a fan, but it’s sad to see a figure I’ve recognized since childhood pass away.

  • barrixines

    The outpouring of grief in this thread is deeply touching.

    • Sam_Handwich
    • greenmanTN

      Just wait until Jerry Falwell dies. I’m still working on a rhyme for tra-la-boom-de-ay.

      I have my outfit picked out already.

      https://youtu.be/A4ceJkT2VtQ

      • barrixines

        I thought the accepted rhyme was “My knickers flew away, They went on holiday”

        • greenmanTN

          Or

          Tra la boom dee ay
          I threw my pants away
          So I was standing there
          In my underwear
          So Tra la boom dee ay!

          -Shecky Greenman

          • doninkansas

            In southeast Missouri we sang it:

            Tra rah rah boom di ay, my cat had pups today, he laid them yesterday, tra rah rah blood di ay.

          • greenmanTN

            Well obviously you were wrong. 😜

          • doninkansas

            Well, it was in southeast Missouri, what do you expect! 😉

      • JWC

        His hearse should be one of the big white behemoths belong ing to Central Garbage haul

      • David

        You mean Pat Robertson. Jerry Falwell croaked back in 2007.

        • greenmanTN

          Oops. Yes, I meant Robertson.

          (Going back to edit it.)

          • David

            There still is his demon spawn Jerry Falwell Jr. But… it unfortunately looks like humanity will be cursed with his presence for decades.

          • greenmanTN

            Don’t be such a Debbie Downer. Be optimistic! 😉

          • Reality.Bites

            Seems only fair if they’re born again we should get to mourn their death twice.

          • greenmanTN

            Why is it that the people who are “born again” are always the people you wish hadn’t been born the first time?

          • Reality.Bites

            As Dennis Miller said years before he went insane, “Forgive me for getting it right the first time.”

      • Robincho

        Fun Fact™: Nazimova was Nancy Reagan’s godmother…

        • greenmanTN

          I didn’t watch Reagan’s funeral, but kind of thought Nancy might have done a similar casket dance.

          Another favorite scene…

          https://youtu.be/iFyKQbQjbUE

      • doninkansas

        Pat Boone too!

        • greenmanTN

          Pat, much like his movie career, is likely to go out with a whimper, not a bang.

    • David

      When evil con man Pat Robertson finally kicks the bucket, there will be a balloon-drop, confetti, a conga line and fireworks.

    • Reality.Bites

      And an unprecedented collection of thoughts and prayers.

      • David

        Lots and lots of “Fuck-You
        Jerry Lewis” thoughts and “Thank-You Lord for finally taking him out” prayers.

      • M Jackson

        A dump truck full of them.

  • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

    This was probably his most memorable number. It was even reprised by symphony orchestras. RIP.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcDQr75GlxI
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nW8dGwa2zRw

    • TexasBoy

      Just to be clear, the song was not written for the movie. It was written in 1950. And was a recorded hit at least 10 years before the Jerry Lewis movie scene.

      • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

        Thanks for this. I never really found the origin. He made it known more broadly (in both senses of the word).

  • anne marie in philly

    nope, not funny; never was to me. small loss. JMHO.

  • Larry in Oklahoma

    For me, I remember Jerry because of his son Gary Lewis & The Playboys. I’ve read that Gary couldn’t sing all that great. But they made great music.

    • JWC

      Daddy pushed the right buttons for him

    • Mike

      Gary Lewis and the Playboys had several top ten hits. They were pretty good.

      • Beagle

        I’m a fan. They weren’t Great Music by any means, but a feel-good vibe beyond compare.

  • Faalhaas

    She is too.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Sandra Bernhard and Jerry together in “The King of Comedy”?

    Come on. Cinema kryptonite.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    The Right Wing is really laying it on thick this week and nobody is letting them get away with it.

    https://twitter.com/BikerBecca/status/899349232007737344

    • JWC

      Ya Rachel was reporting it in May

    • kaydenpat

      I wonder why RedState would turn against Trump now anyways. He’s their best vehicle to getting their awful agenda turned into law.

      So are they going to vote for Democrats next time around or is this just soul searching to assuage their frustration that Trump has turned out to be such a huge mess? If he was just as messy/racist/dumb but actually got things done, I’m sure they’d be singing his praises. Nothing about Trump has changed since the primaries.

      • safari

        RedState has been anti-Trump since the start of his campaign.

        • kaydenpat

          Ok. Didn’t know that.

      • Cuberly

        Erick Eriksen can’t stand trump. He was among the first anti-trumpers. Though he supposedly doesn’t own Redstate anymore he still has some editorial control. If memory serves.

  • Treant

    I never saw the appeal, but get that some did. I left him completely ten years ago when I realized he was a big jerk. Still, he made the French laugh, so there’s that.

    OT: My neighbor is playing Christian Country at high volume two houses down (quite a distance, thankfully). Given the level of bathos in the guy’s voice, I kept wanting to yell, “Would you and Jesus just get to the anal fucking and shut up already!”

    • Salton

      I’ve lived 45 years in France before emigrating to the U.S. and had really never heard of him. I guess people who laughed in France were the French “‘deplorables”. I won’t miss him.

      • Karl Dubhe

        It was always a joke. 🙂

        We know the French didn’t really laugh at his crap either. Well, you know, after you’ve gone thru potty training those jokes aren’t funny anymore.

  • Dunkerblinker

    OMG I thought he died years ago..

  • Cuberly
    • Treant

      SQUEEEEEE!

      She won’t let Daddy go away, either. “You had them with me, now help take care of them. Deadbeat.”

      • Cuberly

        I was wondering if it was because her babies are hairless and pink and the guys hands are pretty big, fingers hairless and pink. Sort of like she thinks is a baby out of the den. But then you see the look on the ferrets face as he pets her…..awwww….

        This sort of freaked me out. I got a nasty bite from a friends ferret in elementary school. Made me skittish around them from then on.

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      That’s adorable. Here’s some more adorableness I just saw today:

      https://twitter.com/FreddyAmazin/status/899014799979425794

      • Cuberly

        Awwwww….Forget elephants never forget, what about lions?

        • Moebym of the Returners

          Ever heard about Christian?

          • Cuberly

            Yep, that’s a vid that hits right in the feels.

      • safari

        I like big kitties from afar. I don’t think I’d like a top of the chain predator that kills with neck bites near my head.

        • safari

          Though I do like the “meowing”. I don’t think they do that naturally that often.

        • Ragnar Lothbrok

          I cringe when I see people think their carnivore just loves them no matter what.
          That said, this woman imprinted with those cubs and apparently knew what she was doing.
          She is the 1 % lol

      • jimbo65

        Amazing that they still remember imprinting on her. If that’s the appropriate term to use. Oh and awww.

    • another_steve

      Lol. Love that.

      An example of the instinct – inherent in all animals, human and not-human – to protect their young.

    • Bomer

      I had a cat that did that. She made me come out and sit in the living room with her while she had them and then she made me stay out there. I ended up sleeping on the floor by the box she had them in. If I went into my room she would follow and yell at me from the door way until I went back to the living room.

      Her three little goobers
      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/424b816d20441c540b70e2e5e8624cb59215b14a0ceaad41522338b0a9b19e7a.jpg

      Momma
      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4914973186cc720630d9fa4211a3988d8d9076670e8004a177579d956bd63a61.jpg

      • Cuberly

        Awwwww, you were the midwife. 😉

      • doninkansas

        I had a Siames who was the same way. She would stop labor unless I was there with her. She preferred having them on my lap, but was happy if I were al least touching her

    • BobSF_94117

      “One of the female ferret’s primary duties is to bring fresh meat to the den.”

      • Cuberly

        Gah!

  • shellback

    Oh, well. These things happen.

    • David

      Which episode was that?

  • TexasBoy

    Jerry Lewis, a somewhat talented comedian from the 1950s and 1960s, who did good works raising money for Muscular Dystrophy. Unfortunately, he also grew into a bitter, nasty racist old man who hated gays. There are reasons to both applaud the man’s art, and reasons to not be sorry he has passed.

    • Ernest Endevor

      People in the business who worked with him loved him. So there’s that.

      • Reality.Bites

        Who?

        • Ernest Endevor

          Friends on f’book. Where I first saw the news. I have a horror of comics, even the brilliant ones like him, but they were writing with genuine affection. Particularly a buddy who’d been on tour with him who had nothing but praise for his professionalism and generosity.

  • VodkaAndPolitics

    Couldn’t have happened to a better guy. “I didn’t attend the funeral, but I supported it.”

  • Lazycrockett
    • Treant

      This should be worth a laugh.

      • Ken M

        What’s that thing he does with attention again…oh yea, divert it.

    • Sam_Handwich

      i read somewhere this AM that he’s supposedly sending 4,000 more troops to bolster the 10k already there

      seems like a dumb move if he wants to keep his base from shrinking.

      • Lazycrockett

        I just think its time for any administration to just admit that we are going to be Afghanistan for a long long time, just like S. Korea and the South Pacific.

        • David Gervais

          Or the usual Republican’t strategy: when it is no longer profitable, declare victory and go home.

    • safari

      What is our goal in Afghanistan again?

      • William

        To transfer billions of dollars to military contractors.

        • sandollar_man

          Right. But don’t forget the Opium.
          I once heard a pompous military “General” claim that the reason we need to be in Afghanistan is cuz they have mountains, and we need to secure the “high ground”.
          I thought “…huh? — how many orbiting spy satellites do the Afghans have anyway? “

        • leastyebejudged

          Preach it ! Testify !

    • Ken M

      That we survived the eclipse no doubt will be one point. Too remind us he’s going to be in AZ Tues. That all is well (hehehe).. I wouldn’t want to be the one writing that speech. I want him to find Afghanistan on a map first. : )

    • BobSF_94117

      What’s the problem with the rest of South Asia? (Not that I’m a fan of Pakistan, but what’s his issue?)

  • Scout

    The circled red letters at the start of each paragraph spell out “Resist”

    https://twitter.com/dcexaminer/status/898779333027926017

  • Mike

    Jeez, Jerry Lewis is taking a beating. I read that he used the gay slur (faggot, I think) in a stupid joke. He didn’t actually call a gay person a name. Big difference, I think. And there was his stupid remark about women not being funny. He wasn’t a nice man. But I figured he would get a pass thanks to the Grandpa exemption that gives very old people a break for the nasty things they say, as long as they don’t go too far. There are worse people than Jerry Lewis, and they never raised money for medical research.

  • I’d like to say something positive. Think how many racists and homophobes die every day.

  • Ernest Endevor

    A dazzling talent. Don’t know how I’m going to break this to the hubby.

    And no one who thinks that SNL has ever been funny give me any shit, okay?

    • Jukesgrrl

      Hubby must be French.

  • Ken M

    A comedic loss. Was it “just” old age?

  • JDS

    One should always speak good of the dead. He’s dead. Good.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    While I cannot deny he had talent, I also can’t deny the man had a troubled life. He kept so many secrets, not the least of which was why he was so adamant about the MD Telethon. Rumors of a family member having it to a possible son suffering from it. Add to that his notorious Holocaust film, so egregious that it has not seen the light of day. Perhaps, now that he’s passed on, some of this will be be made known and thus, maybe, he could be understood. I don’t write this to excuse or to make light of what he’s done at times, merely to acknowledge that I know the time in which he was brought up and the pressure that existed in keeping a facade of joviality at all costs.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok
    • Ernest Endevor

      The image of my hubby at that age. Though he had a more romantic look, at least in my estimation.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        Nice!

    • Ben in Oakland

      Lewis was cute when he was young, but I couldn’t tolerate his comedy, even as a child. But I did like looking at him, even as a child.

      Does that make me sound gay?

  • Queequeg

    I liked him when I was a kid, but he certainly demonstrated what as asshole he was when he got older.

    • motordog

      Agreed…I remember watching him do a Carmen Miranda impression on TV when I was just a wee gayling…something about it was so funny at the time that I could hardly breath from laughing so much…I think the part where he eats the banana. Eh, I was like 10 at the time. Shame he was such a douchebag in real life.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O14fJ6ang1s

  • Blake Mason

    Dick Gregory has also passed away.

    • Reality.Bites

      Which is handy because we don’t often have a black celebrity dying at the same time as a white one so we can be absolutely sure which one the president ignores.

  • TampaZeke

    Well, well, well.

  • Vira

    And another one bites the dust.

    The more the merrier, the sooner the better.

  • houstonray

    I have lost 4 family members to MD (three uncles and a cousin, grateful that I dodged that genetic bullet), and can say that the Musc Dystrophy Association that the money is raised for, is (or at least was, this was 70’s/80’s) so bloated and overrun with salaries and administration, not a lot trickled down to those who needed it.

    • Jukesgrrl

      They still have a building in Tucson, AZ, with their sign on it. I understand their HQ was located here only because this is where the director wanted to live. I interviewed for a job there once and I got an uncomfortable feeling at the interview. Something was off. And heaven knows they weren’t using their money to pay worker bees low on the status pole.

  • As a comedian he was just a mainstream schlep. I was never interested in his work they way I was with Groucho or woody or Zero.

  • AtticusP
  • blackstar

    He exploited the disabled and was bitter , racist , and anti-gay . If he wasn’t so old I would be glad that he died.

  • fuzzybits

    Glad if he was in pain he’s not anymore. But give me Dino.

  • BigGuy

    Here’s a link to the Martin & Lewis radio shows. Most of them are as funny today as they were when first broadcast. Think of it as podcasts with live orchestras.
    https://archive.org/details/MartinAndLewis_OldTimeRadio

  • TKW

    Never got him, never liked his comedy, and definitely didn’t like his politics. That being said, rest in peace. Now, who’s next? Pat Robertson perhaps?

  • BEARY FLINTSTONE

    Hey Lady!

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  • Dinz6315

    Two films: The Nutty Professor – still one of my favorites. And King of Comedy, where he was basically the straight man for once. He was fucking brilliant.

  • SilasMarner

    To paraphrase: I was told to only speak good of the dead, Jerry Lewis is dead, good.

  • BigGuy
  • KentDean

    God must’ve thought he was funny; He dimmed the sun for him.