Friday, May 17, 2013
Jerry Lewis Live (And The Shortest Q & A Ever...)
"An Evening With Jerry Lewis"
If you have no idea who Jerry Lewis is, this post likely won't be of much interest to you. If, like myself, you are aware that Mr. Lewis has enjoyed decades of success that would boggle the mind (including a lengthy partnership with the late Dean Martin), then please read on...
Both Mrs. That Dan Guy and I had long hoped to attend one of the annual Muscular Dystrophy Association telethons filmed live from Las Vegas, to at least have a glimpse of this comedy icon in person. After his abrupt dismissal a few years ago, we had put that thought out of our minds.
However, we recently discovered that he had a three-night run with his live show "An Evening With Jerry Lewis", similar to Carol Burnett's appearance here in Calgary that we saw a few years ago. A blend of live comedy, film clip gems from a lengthy career - and an interactive audience Q & A - which has seen in past shows some barbs rather than answers to questions Mr. Lewis doesn't care to respond to. Mostly personal items that he feels are no one's business...
On the comedy side, this presentation is lots of fun. Sure, a bit dated, but the man is 87 for Pete's sake! He did happen to poke some fun with a Toronto reference in one joke, so we felt right at home.
The balance of the show was worth every (very reasonably priced) nickel - the archive TV and movie clips, the rare footage of escapades with Dean Martin...and if you've never seen their reunion facilitated by Frank Sinatra on the aforementioned telethon after 20 years of avoidance, well it never gets old.
Plus, the Q & A, where if you click on the link above you will see the short clip embedded where I got to ask Mr. Lewis a question. I'd put this up on YouTube, but without permission, even this link is a bit risky. We'll just have to hope that his management and lawyers are OK with a short clip in the process of writing a review....
Jerry is a busy man these days - he's preparing for the Broadway debut of "The Nutty Professor" this fall, and he's off to Cannes (or back already) for the release of a new film.
If you are a fan, and there is even a microscopic chance to see him live, jump at it. You will not regret it, and as one of the last of the living legends, you will get an amazing view into entertainment stories and memories that are unforgettable.
What a night.....