Skip to comments.Jerry Lewis: "Dean Martin Was the Least Appreciated Performer in Show Business"
Posted on 03/30/2012 4:42:01 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Jerry Lewis turned 86 yesterday and got quite a nice birthday party from the Friars Club. Richard Belzer interviewed him last night at the 92nd St. Y, Lewis did a lengthy and hilarious Q&A with the audience, and then Paul Shaffer played Happy Birthday to him on the piano with an audience singalong. Veteran comic and actor Jerry Stiller came and sat third row center and even asked a question: Did you and Dean rehearse your act? and he seriously wanted an answer. Jerry joked a lot of his answers, and got lots of applause from an audience that included Robert Klein, David Steinberg, and writer-actor Robert Smigel (Triumph the Comic Insult Dog). The audience was full of showbiz people including producer Bonnie Timmermann, Rita Cosby, and director-producer Antonio Campos.
Lewis was brilliant, revelatory, and emotionalespecially with a former MDA kid, now adult, who lives with Cerebral Palsy. When one audience member asked about Jerry getting fired from the MDA telethon, the comic was philosophical. (Ill have more on that on Monday.) On the subject of former partner Dean Martin, Lewis said: Dean Martin was without question the least appreciated performer in show business
For ten years my partner read reviews where his name wasnt mentioned. And he dealt with it with such dignity and class
I called him Paul, his real name
I said, we have a magical combination. He said, Im ok, Jerry. He was a great gentle man about it.
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Dino was the greatest straight man in the game, and that’s not an easy role.
Bud Abbott was pretty good also..
Jerry and Dean - both very classy guys from an era we’ll never see again.
Dino was multi-talented, and truly brilliant.
Problem was, he was born at around the same time as Sinatra, hence the shadow effect.....
Martin got plenty of attention.
For me, Tim Conway is the man.
Tim Conway destroys a Carol Burnett skit with an off the wall elephant story.
Too bad the “ Dignity and Class “ never rubbed off on jerry.
That ad libbed siamese elephant story is still the funniest dang thing from the show.
Everybody wanted to be Sinatra......Sinatra wanted to be Dean.
No, Jerry Lewis is the least appreciated performer in entertainment history. Well, that is if you only count sane people and disregard the French.
I can honestly say that I consider Dean Martin to be the “coolest” man ever. And on a snowy weekend day, all my family has to do is play some “Deano” music and I take over the kitchen. Some hours later, we have a feast.
Sinatra and Martin 11 live tracks and a monologue
I’ve always found the dynamic between Dean and Frank fascinating.
They were both blessed with superb voices and brilliant phrasing. They had the pipes and knew how to use them.
But, in many ways they were polar opposites. Frank spent numberless hours in the studio, controlling every facet of recording and production, being meticulous almost to a fault and working like few entertainers before or since.
In contrast, Dino would grab some breakfast, go to the studio and knock out a few tunes on the way to the golf course.
That ad libbed siamese elephant story is still the funniest dang thing from the show.
Sounds like heaven on earth!
I so miss those stars of yesteryear. They could sing, dance, act, do comedy, and they were real survivors too. It’s a shame that almost all of them are gone now. They were also real patriots. They loved this country and many of them had fought for it.
My 14 year old daughter thinks Dean, Jerry and Frank were ALL great!
I’ve been threatening to get her a bracelet with “WWFD” on it - “What would Frank do?”
Dean Martin was gorgeous, had an amazing voice, was funny as he!! and a darn good actor.
He had it all.
I wanted to stay away from the better known discs and find 'show-like' tunes. I researched every tune I could find and came up with some pretty obscure gems like, Imagination and Powder Your Face With Sunshine (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0fqG5zoGow) - very Broadway dance-able.
I learned the hard way how the unions have made it damn near impossible to get a non-revival off the ground unless it is funded by a Disney. But, I got a great CD that I pop in the player on long drives and watch the play in my head...
Dean could literally have any woman he wanted. Yet he was a good family man. The tragedy was that he never got over the death of his son.
Think of all the great actors actresses comedians singers etc. from that era. Today’s stars rely on how naked can they get, how filthy can they talk and absolutely have no talent in any area.
I enjoy the Dean Martin Roasts infomercials.
I never liked Jerry Lewis. I thought he was just so- not funny.
Dean Martin I loved. Handsome guy, good actor and a great voice.
Over the years I’ve read many comments about Dean Martin on FR. All of them have been positive.
He could and did. Before, during and after his marriages.
Yeah, he didn't do the stay up til 3 a.m routine with Frank and his sycophants but he was not a faithful husband.
And yes, the death of his son destroyed him.
yep Tim was good. But my favorite from that show was Harvey Korman. There was one skit where someone was playing piano (perhaps Conway) and Korman would sneak up behind like Dracula with his hands stretched over the guy’s head and the pianist would turn around and Korman would revert back to normal. That show was something else.
Confession: I'm over Sinatra anymore. Towering personna, I suppose. But every song (except that one) I hear seems to be about one night stands with women whom he'll always remember and who touched him in ways no other other could. eesh.
then I saw that clip of Phil Hartman doing the Sinatra Group on SNL and that was it!
I’m in agreement with all those...except the gorgeous part.
I always thought Dean was way more talented than Frank.
I wrote a stage play (titled SWAY) based on 21 songs recorded by Dean in the late forties through about sixty-two. I actually still have the rights to eight of the songs.
I wanted to stay away from the better known discs and find ‘show-like’ tunes. I researched every tune I could find and came up with some pretty obscure gems like, Imagination and Powder Your Face With Sunshine (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0fqG5zoGow) - very Broadway dance-able.
I learned the hard way how the unions have made it damn near impossible to get a non-revival off the ground unless it is funded by a Disney. But, I got a great CD that I pop in the player on long drives and watch the play in my head... “
THAT is an amazing post!
Can we buy your play on Amazon???!
I’ll take Dean’s singing over the little blue eyed wanna be gangster anytime.
From left to right:
My favorite comedian
My favorite actor
My favorite President
and my dad’s favorite singer
Martin was an underrated talent largely because his stage persona was somebody too drunk to care. He was consummate professional though despite the schtick.
As for Lewis, when did he get bounced from the MDA telethon? And what did he do with all those pennies? Did he corner the copper market?
awesome way to remember dean. in the late 60’s i would watch
both dean martin and johnny cash variety shows and pretend
either one was my dad,as i grew up fatherless.
also, for a slightly corny,fun time, there’s an annual dean
martin festival mid-june(his birthday) in steubenville,ohio.
One of the best Korman/Conway skits was Conway in second class behind Korman in first class on a flight with Carol Burnett as the Stew...Its on u-tube. I tried to post it but I’m at work and the “eye-in-the-sky” won’t let me.
As a white southerner
Not funny anyhow Jerry Lewis can kiss my butt
Accolades about Deano as underrated (true) from the most overrated comedian ever
The good old days...
Kids here missed real men....real wit....real love of nation
And shared culture they were proud of
Not apologizing for as some crime against minorities and women
I don’t think any parent ever gets over the death of their child....parents are suppose to die first, not bury their kids.....
However, try as I might, I couldn't understand what she said. Is there anyone who knows what this evidently-hilarious line was??? Thanks,
One of the greatest SNL skits ever: "You don't scare me...I got chunks of guys like you IN MY STOOL!"
Dino was a classic. You never see that type of person in Hollywood or Vegas anymore.
I must of been born too late since my favourite vocalists are Van Halen and Too Short.
Be still my hearts what a dreamy Italian he was! I named my son after him?
If you'd like to see a negative one, buy a copy of "Lou's On First," by Chris Costello. (Comedian Lou Costello helped launch Dean's career.)
Glad to read this. I always adored Dean Martin - a great singer, an excellent actor (see “Some Came Running”) and all around marvelous performer. I had an opportunity to see his show at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. What a night.
I think she asked “Are you sure that little asshole is through”.
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