King of Comedy

King of Comedy

The Life and Art of Jerry Lewis

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Baker & Taylor
A provocative portrait of one of America's most influential comedians analyzes the complex, sometimes disturbing world of Jerry Lewis, from his rise to fame and philanthropic work to the dark side of his career and personal life. 60,000 first printing. $60,000 ad/promo.

Blackwell North Amer
Shawn Levy's fascinating biography - the product of vast research and interviews with contemporaries, admirers, foes, and even, briefly, Lewis himself - traces the story of a man who defines High American Show Biz. At points along the time line of his career, Lewis has been the highest-paid performer in history in film, on television, and (in 1995!) on Broadway. With partner Dean Martin, he was half of the most successful comedy duo of all time. He was the first director who debuted in talkies to direct himself. He was a direct, acknowledged influence on giants from Woody Allen to Lenny Bruce to David Letterman to Jim Carrey. He is a Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor, has raised over $1 billion in charity, and was once nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. And, since the 1950s, he has been one of the most recognized faces on earth.
For almost that long, though, people have argued over what Jerry Lewis means. Is he a talented comedian or a grotesque mimic? A startlingly original director or a pretender to Chaplin's throne? A multifaceted entertainer or a megalomaniacal egoist? A tireless champion of the disabled or a tireless self-promoter who has confused America's charitable impulses with affection for him as a performer?

Baker
& Taylor

A portrait of one of America's most influential comedians analyzes the complex, sometimes disturbing world of Jerry Lewis, from his rise to fame and his philanthropic work to the dark side of his career and personal life

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1996
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312132484
0312132484
Branch Call Number: Biography L5873Le
Characteristics: xiii, 512 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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VonHafenstaaad
Aug 02, 2018

I never found Jerry Lewis to be funny- the typewriter bit is ok- but his films are unendurable agony if you're looking for laughter. All in all J. Lewis was a vain, unbearable person.

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Bristling, but not scathing... honest appraisals...

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