Good Jerry/Bad Jerry
The buck teeth. The white socks. The craziness. Dennis Miller once said that Jerry Lewis is only funny when he’s trying not to be. And despite being one of the world’s top humanitarians, Jerry’s embarrassments are many.
From the bitter feud with Dean Martin to the legendary bomb“The Day the Clown Cried,” from his eerie self-portrayal in “The King of Comedy” to the the skeletons in the closet, and from the shocking weight gain to even throwing out socks after wearing them only once… that despite his gigantic efforts, Jerry just doesn’t seem like a very nice guy.
But at 83 he is a comedy legend. He is hosting his 44th MDA Telethon this weekend. And he has raised over $2 Billion for “Jerry’s Kids.” So, even (his recently deceased imitator) Sammy Petrillo would be proud.