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Jerry Lewis : Women are funny, but not when crude
By SANDY COHEN , AP Entertainment Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jerry Lewis says women are funny, but not as crude standup comics.

The 88-year-old entertainer was criticized for expressing his distaste for female comedians a few years ago, but in clarifying his comments, he called Lucille Ball "brilliant" and said Carol Burnett is "the greatest female entrepreneur of comedy."

Ball "went to the lowest level of the barrel, and she was brilliant because of it," Lewis said Saturday after leaving his hand and footprints in cement outside Hollywood's Chinese Theatre.

"Seeing a woman project the kind of aggression that you have to project as a comic just rubs me wrong. And they're funny — I mean you got some very, very funny people that do beautiful work — but I have a problem with the lady up there that's going to give birth to a child — which is a miracle," Lewis said. "But when you have women like Carol Burnett, that's the greatest female entrepreneur of comedy. I just saw Carol at the Smith Center at home in Vegas, and I was stunned by how brilliant she is and how brilliantly she brings the audience right up to her."

Lewis was accompanied by his wife and daughter at the cement ceremony, during which he asked his daughter to take a bow.

"This is an incredible time for me," he said. "I have never, ever had an experience like this and had my daughter present. And this is the first time I've ever asked her to join me."

Danielle Sara Lewis is Jerry Lewis' only daughter and the youngest of his seven children.

Quentin Tarantino introduced Lewis Saturday. Comedians Richard Belzer and Dane Cook were among the guests. Lewis planned to attend a 50th anniversary screening of "The Nutty Professor" later that evening as part of the TCM Classic Film Festival.


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Apr 12, 2014 3:59PM
What really bugged me, was the way Jerry was dismissed from his annual Muscular Dystrophy telethon because he had criticized gays. I mean, he is 88 years old, he grew up at a time when gays were much less tolerated than they are now, I get all that...but, darn it, his telethon raised billions, starting at a time when few people had even heard of muscular dystrophy.
Apr 12, 2014 3:08PM
Why on earth did it take so long for Jerry to get a spot on the walk of fame ? Many lesser stars have been there for years. Shame on whoever picks the stars for this honor.
Apr 12, 2014 5:18PM
I think dragging your bedroom life into mainstream is a sad pathetic grab at attention and if you disagree with todays agendas by the LGBT or any other group that has captured headlines you will be called silly names and bashed for it, so I grew up on Lewis an Martin and it is about time he got his work recognized
Apr 12, 2014 6:01PM
Actually, the incident happened more than a dozen years ago (in 2000). Martin Short, who was with him at the festival in Aspen at the time, related on various talk programs, what had happened after the fact. I still have his interview regarding it, on Dennis Miller LIVE! (HBO)
Short described how, after a series of clips and vignettes in retrospective, of Lewis' contributions to the field, the program as such, was about to end...but, a Q&A was added, at the last minute. As the runners with mikes were passing through the crowd, Short recognized his (Short's) wife, in the audience, and saw the runner was about to pass her by. Short directed the mike be handed to her, and she asked, very respectfully (Jerry Lewis being a HUGE influence, and a god in the Short household), if he thought any of the women working professionally in comedy at that time (2000), were funny, and who would he like to work with?
Lewis replied, "I don't think women are funny."
Short, who was to relate to Miller, "It was my impression, that he was doing a joke", laughed and attempted to prompt Lewis away from what, even 14 years ago, was dangerous to play around with, if Others knew your name. Lewis continued, deadpan, to assert this, blowing off Q's like, "But what about Lucy?", with "Never found her funny."  The audience, stuffed with professionals, in main agreed with Short's assessment of the "joke" Lewis was "doing", by positive reactions, e.g. "He was getting big laughs, by doing these lines."
The fest ended shortly after this, and the next day, as Short told Miller, "It got into the papers."
It's nothing but media, fanning Hatred.  In 2000, in 2014.  The Left, The Right.  And, anything which could hurt feelings.  Which, is everything.
I love Jerry Lewis' genius. He's an icon.  His opinions, are his own. If you let him get up your butt, because you disagree with him, in Y2K or Now, you've missed the point of living. The Internet, is more media.  Going for the nerve endings to get the parakeets chittering.
Apr 12, 2014 9:12PM

i have walked out on many stand ups at the comedy clubs as all they do is use the f word all the time and it is just a bore now Buddy Hackett knew how to curse and be funny at the same time  and of course there was another funny guy who cursed but knew how to use it as a tool not for lack of vocabluary Richard Pryor was terriffic


I ma glad that lewis has been hallmarked  it should have happened  decades ago!

 I think Lewis  couldnt physiclly handle the telephone any longer o=it was too stressful  I am sure he is still on the board of Musuclar D's foundation

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