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Encore is running a tribute to Jerry Lewis month. Besides running some great old Jerry movies (The Nutty Professor, Cinderfella, The Bell Boy) they're airing a special - Jerry Lewis: A Method to the Madness.

It has clips from his movies, interviews with Jerry and clips from a live performance.

In one of the interview segments, he talked of JFK, and how they got to know each other. He also repeated some advice JFK gave him sometime after being elected president.

"Don't ever do anything political. You'll lose half your audience."

Sage advice, which Jerry seems to have followed.

I only wish the rest of Hollywood would follow suit. :thumbsup:
 

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Good point he made there.
I used to enjoy the late night shows -- back when it was Johnny Carson. I liked him; I never knew how he swung politically and I don't recall him doing political humor. Not saying he did not ever touch it, but it had to be very very rare.
Carson was king.
Alas, he's no longer with us and the current crop of late night comedians are far far too political for my tastes.
I don't know how the demographics have worked with these new guys.
But I do know I never bother to watch them any more; what I see is limited to clips played on daytime shows; Foxie Snews plays some in there closing bit on occasion.
Johnny, where ever you are .... I miss you!! :thumbsup:
 

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Couldn't agree more, Tommy. Johnny Carson WAS The King!

I don't remember any instance in which Johnny used his power (and he WAS a powerful figure in entertainment) to do anything other than entertain. Oh, he joked about politics and politicains, but it was strictly non-partisan.

And Lord, could he make me laugh! I still grin remembering the show when Bob Hope, Dean Martin and George Goble were all sitting on his couch. Dean kept flicking cigarette ashes in Gobles' coffee cup when he wasn't looking. The audience (and Johnny and Bob Hope) were dying!

And Goble laid out one of the best lines I've ever heard:

"Did you ever feel like the world was a tuxedo, and you were a pair of brown shoes?"

I miss him too.
 
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