The 42nd annual Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon (notice how Jerry, and not muscular dystrophy, gets the billing), kicks off Sunday at 9 pm ET from the new South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa in Las Vegas, and run non-stop until 6:30 pm ET Labor Day, broadcast nationally by 190 television stations, and worldwide at www.mda.org.
Jerry's celebrity cohost is a singer named Billy Gilman, whom we've never heard of, which is fitting in a universe in which Jerry is the ultimate star. Don't miss this genuine event. Jerry Lewis is God, he won't be around much longer, he's the last one left, and last week's New York Times review of Mr. Bean's Holiday did not need to add a disclaimer when including him in the pantheon of great film pantomime artists including Buster Keaton, Jacques Tati, and Rowan Atkinson.
(Read the only insider's view of the Jerry Lewis Telethon-- featuring Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, Bobby Berosini's orangutans and more-- in Tabloid Baby.)