Saturday, October 11, 2003

Jerry Lewis

One of the things that I love about the Internet is that you can find just about anything you ever wanted to buy. For example, I've always liked the movies Jerry Lewis made with Dean Martin, and have often wished that I could see some of their earlier TV shows. (For several years in the early 1950s, they performed live on the Colgate Comedy Hour.)

Thanks to the Internet, I've acquired several videos of a few of these shows. And they are absolutely hilarious, better than any of the Lewis/Martin movies. Jerry Lewis was simply amazing. Put together Jim Carrey's facial contortions and Robin Williams's lightning quick ad libbing, and then multiple it by two, and you start to have a glimmering of what Jerry Lewis was like when he was in his early twenties performing live. Comic genius.

Next on the list: Finding tapes of the Jack Benny Show.


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