Sunday, September 06, 2009

The Telethon is on

The Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon is underway. It's the 44th national broadcast, Jerry's 58th telethon and he's looking all of his 83 years. Walked on after an introduction by some Irish stepdancers. Stage manager Debbie Williams had the first word as she leaned in to hand him the microphone he'd forgotten. He kicked off with a couple of ancient sex jokes (punchlines: "I forgot where I lived" and "Twenty-two years ago, I had sex with a parrot. I thought you were my son."), then went into Barry Manilow's Can't Smile Without You: "We can't laugh, we can't sing unless we hear those telephones ring." Nirvana. If Jerry can make it through the next 22 hours, so can we. Check your local listings. Click here to help.


Anonymous said...

His jokes were totally inappropriate with his "kids" seated in the audience. He has always been somewhat self-absorbed and awkwardly obtuse with his "humor", but is now clearly and sadly too far gone. Jerry - it's time to retire. You have become a liability and an embarrassment to your cause. Perform one final gallant act of charity and step aside, or suffer the humiliation of being replaced.

altogawaterman said...

The joke he told to poster child where inappropriate with kids watching in and in attendance!