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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“Are ya sure that little a******’s through?”
You are soooo right!!!!!!!
Everybody wanted to be Sinatra......Sinatra wanted to be Dean
Jerry Lewis is an egomaniac!
Y E S !!!!!!!!!!
Dean, Frank, Sammy, Peter, Joey....The Rat Pack.
They were real talents and their love for each other
was real, as well. What I would give to be a fly on
the wall when they were partying together offstage.
Me too !!!! Dean was the best. I like Sinatra as an actor, but not as a singer.
Dino & Joey Bishop were the coolest guys in the Rat Pack.
That's not the worst thing I've read about somebody.
Dean had the voice.
The Rat Pack live at the Sands. Pretty funny.
and I will share with you Dean drank apple juice on stage and was a dedicated pot head along with Sammy
“Dean could literally have any woman he wanted. Yet he was a good family man.”
Here’s a little known fact about dean. His marriage to his second wife, Jeannie, was over in only 10 years. Yet they had young children and didn’t want to traumatize the kids with a divorce. So dean and his wife agreed to still live together under the same roof until after all their kids were old enough to move out and live on their own. Which is what happened. To think that dean and his wife put aside their marital problems for the sake of their children’s well being and happiness. The kids grew up nice and happy in a very loving home. I have nothing but the highest respect for dean and their wife for doing that.
Jerry Lewis is very unfunny and overrated. Does do good charity work though.
My intention is to shoot it as a play to keep costs low. I figure I can do it with the Red camera for under a million. It would make a bit of money but the goal is to have it morph onto the stage.
They were both at the height of their careers but both between gigs. Bishop was hanging out at Hackett's house and Buddy convinced him that it was their duty as good citizens to apply for unemployment. They arranged for Buddy to pick him early up the next day and drive downtown to apply.
They drove down in Buddy's drop-top Caddy early enough to get there before the office opened. There were a dozen people waiting on line. Buddy told Joey to get on line for them while he parked the car. Joey did.
Buddy drove around the block, came back and drove by slowly while pointing and yelling out...."Hey, isn't that Joey Bishop standing on the un-employment line!!!"
great project...keep us updated. if you have a blog or anything that I can follow, shoot it to me in freepmail....best regards and keep up the great work. we (ie, us conservatives) need to be everywhere!
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