He Makes Me Laugh, Free Tribute to Jerry Lewis, Will Be Presented in October

By Andrew Gans
August 31, 2012

A tribute to Jerry Lewis — who directed the recent Nashville world premiere of The Nutty Professor, the new Rupert Holmes-Marvin Hamlisch musical based on the 1963 Lewis film comedy — will be presented Oct. 4 at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center at Lincoln Center.



The 6 PM tribute, which is free and open to the public, is written and produced by Ron MacCloskey.

The early evening event, entitled He Makes Me Laugh, will feature taped interviews with director Paul Mazursky, singers Lorna Luft and Deana Martin and actress Renee Taylor.

He Makes Me Laugh, according to press notes, is "the Jerry Lewis story as told by actors onstage as well as audio and video clips. You will hear from people who worked with him, friends, co-stars and critics. The unique aspect of this presentation is it will have a biographical story line and be highlighted by his work."

Lewis appeared on Broadway, on tour and in the U.K. in Damn Yankees in 1995 and Jerry Lewis at The Palace in 1953.

His film credits as performer, director, writer, producer, and sometimes as all four, include "The Bell Boy," "The Ladies Man," "It's Only Money," "The Delicate Delinquent," Martin Scorsese's "The King of Comedy" and many more. Lewis is also an acclaimed author having written three best sellers: "The Total Filmmaker," a guide for directors; and the memoirs "Jerry Lewis: In Person" and "Dean & Me: A Love Story." His humanitarian efforts for The Muscular Dystrophy Association for over half a century have won him countless accolades, including a Nobel Peace Prize nomination, and his annual Telethons, which have grossed over $2 billion. Lewis received an Oscar in 2009 with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, awarded by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.