Jerry Lewis pulled an Andy Kaufman
February 14, 2000 11:09 PM   Subscribe

Jerry Lewis pulled an Andy Kaufman at a recent comedy awards Q&A session. When asked about female comics he admires, he answered with "I don't like any female comedians" and went so far as to say that he considers a woman "a producing machine that brings babies in the world." No word yet on whether or not he'll start professional wrestling anytime soon.
posted by mathowie (4 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
ouch. that smarts. Jerry Lewis was my very favorite too. skinny, gawky, falling-all-over himself kid? oh yeah, comedy is what that is! but stories of his enormous ego and how he was near impossible to work with (break with dean martin), I guess I should have known. he's disagreeable on a personal level now though, well, in a way. I'm not a comic, but yes, a woman, and I just cannot ignore comments like that. oh another idol down the drain.
posted by megan at 8:01 AM on February 15, 2000

Recent New Yorker article had a nice tidbit. Apparently Jerry is obsessed with clowns, and the height of his clown fetish came with an unfinished movie from around '72 or '73. Entitled "The Day the Clown Cried", it centered around a clown forced by the Nazis to lure children into gas chambers. Yeah, Jerry's an interesting guy.
posted by lbergstr at 9:03 AM on February 15, 2000

I think the real Jerry died around 1970, and this bitter old man took his place. At least, that's what I'd like to think.
posted by CrazyUncleJoe at 10:50 AM on February 15, 2000

Follow up: Jerry Lewis' official apology, sort of
posted by wendell at 3:41 PM on February 17, 2000

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