On the occasion of Jerry Lewis' death, Amy Wallace reflects on an 11-hour interview that spanned egomania, validation, and Marilyn Monroe's supposed affair with JFK. It was May 2011. Lewis was a spry 85 then, a survivor of so many maladies (prostate cancer, two heart attacks, viral meningitis) who'd already outlived so many of his peers: Dean. Frank. Sammy.
He's the original lord of lowbrow, the king of the pratfall, the last surviving link to the bedrock of American comedy—vaudeville, burlesque, slapstick. Sure, he's ancient, but he's juggling half a dozen new projects and still found time to sit down with Amy Wallace for an eleven-hour interview. Call it the Jerry Lewis Marathon that covered, well, just about everything that's ever been funnyGetting an Oscar. He won an honorary statuette for his humanitarian work in 2009.
Thompson: I lied to my date and said I'd been called into the studio. I can always blame it on D'Angelo, because he's like the musical booty call. He'll call and say, "Hey, what are you doing? I want to lay a track down. Come on over." So once I call my date a car service, I get myself a cab. I tell my driver to "do 100! We've got fifteen minutes to get to the Comedy Cellar!" And I was not the only one pulling up to the curb and running inside like their life depended on it.
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Selecting a term
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Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
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Exact case matching or punctuation
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