At one time Jerry Lewis was the most successful comedy performer in the world. He started on stage, eventually conquered Las Vegas, the movies, radio and television. His career began with Dean Martin in a duo act full of pratfalls and improv. They made $30,000 a week at the Copacabana. That was back when $30,000 was a lot of money.
Martin & Lewis made such successful comedies such as My Friend Irma, At War with the Army and The Caddy. Eventually, Jerry and Dean went their separate ways. Jerry went on to directing/writing/producing, and Dean went to the nearest bar.
Jerry made such classic films as Cinderfella, The Bellboy, The Nutty Professor and The Disorderly Orderly. Many want to see the unreleased Nazi War Camp flick The Day the Clown Died, a film that was shot but never finished. It is rumored to be the most unsettling bits of cinema ever produced. Years after his comedy career stalled, he proved that he could be a stunning dramatic actor in King of Comedy.
He once said, “I have had great success being a total idiot.” That is something that we here at ComedyGuys.com can relate to. He also said,”I get paid for what most kids get punished for.” Again we here can relate.
Probably his greatest legacy is sponsoring the MDA telethon on Labor Day Weekend. For 44 years , he raised billions for research into curing Muscular Dystrophy. That is the finest legacy that anyone can achieve.