If you watched the Oscars last night, you saw that Jerry Lewis was the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for his tireless work on behalf of Muscular Dystrophy.
When I was a kid, I had a lot of heroes. My heroes did not have super powers like the ones on the hit TV show Heroes. My heroes were the ones who could make you laugh. Those men and women who could, with the turn of a phrase or simply a look, make me burst out in laughter. Jerry Lewis was one of those heroes.
Jerry received his award last night from another great funny man, Eddie Murphy. His acceptance speech was short and to the point, unlike many of the people who received Oscars last night.
Jerry was introduced by Eddie Murphy, who remade one of Mr. Lewis most famous, and funnies films, the Nutty Professor. I really liked Eddie’s version, but there will always be a special place in my heart for the original.
During his introduction, Mr. Murphy called Jerry Lewis an inspiration as he introduced clips from some of the many films that Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin made together. There were also some brief scenes from some of his films without Dean, which included “The Errand Boy,” “The Ladies’ Man,” “The Bellboy” and “The King of Comedy.”
Mr. Lewis is currently working on bringing “The Nutty Professor” to Broadway as a musical which should bring some of his comic genius to the great white way. I wish him luck and I hope that at 83, I have half the stamina that he does.