Jerry Lewis in “Slapstick of Another Kind”
Jerry Lewis’ comeback movie is today’s film.
Mike Spiegelman had me on his podcast “Let’s Watch a Full Length Movie On YouTube” Here’s a recording or it in full! Enjoy!
(Please forgive this week’s poor sound quality!)
From Mike’s Website:
Another kind of slapstick what? I want to help you sit through Jerry Lewis’ movie Slapstick (of Another Kind) but the title doesn’t help.
Proudly Resents podcaster Adam Spiegelman (and my brother) try to help, too, but it sounds like we’re eating hot peppers. The movie’s unwatchable.
This cultural collision of Jerry Lewis and the Kurt Vonnegut novel Slapstick has Lewis and Madeline Kahn play the dual roles of parents and their extra-terrestrial twins.
Theatrically released in Europe in 1982, it haunted American VHS rental stores a few years later. It comes after Hardly Working (1980) for Jerry (which Adam and I covered on his podcast).
Click here to launch podcast in a separate tab. Play the podcast while watching the movie. Show starts five and minutes into recording.
Jerry Lewis, the brash slapstick comic who teamed with Dean Martin in the 1950s and later starred in “The Nutty Professor” and “The Bellboy” before launching the Muscular Dystrophy telethon, has died in Las Vegas. He was 91.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist John Katsilometes reported that he died at his home at 9:15 a.m. Sunday morning. Lewis’ agent has since confirmed the news to Variety.
Over the past ten years of his life, the cranky icon’s reputation soured slightly as he was forced to apologize for making a gay slur on camera during the 2007 telethon, continued to make racist and misogynistic jokes into his ’90s, and didn’t hesitate to share his right-wing political views.
In addition to his most famous films, Lewis also appeared in a number of notable works, such as Martin Scorsese’s “The King of Comedy,” but was largely offscreen from the late ’60s on and was more active with his annual Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy telethon. Through the charity, he raised more than $2.45 billion before being relieved of his role as leader of the telethon in 2011. As late as 2016, Lewis continued to perform in Las Vegas, where he first debuted his comedy routine back in 1949.