(born Joseph Levitch in 1926) is an American comedian, noted for the wacky style of his comedy and, more recently for his long-running
for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Lewis is generally considered to have been at his peak in The Fifties
(when he worked with Dean Martin
) and The Sixties
. Trope Maker
for a lot of things.
Tropes associated with Jerry Lewis:
- Adam Westing: he is one of the few who use this trope for drama.
- Ambiguously Jewish: Almost every Lewis character, or even any knockoff character based on one of Lewis's characters, will come off as this.
- Animated Adaptation/Ink-Suit Actor: A number of Lewis-based characters (including one called Jerry Lewis and some from The Family Jewels (See Double Vision, below) formed the cast of a 1970 Filmation cartoon series, Will The Real Jerry Lewis Please Sit Down?. (Lewis did not voice the part (Squiggy did), though Lewis did contribute to some of the scripts.)
- Borscht Belt: Performed there in his childhood alongside his parents, and the style influenced his comedy.
- Butt Monkey
- The Cameo: Makes brief but memorable ones in both It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and Lil Abner.
- Double Vision: Was well known for his tour-de-force performance in The Family Jewels, in which he played seven different characters.
- Large Ham
- Lethally Stupid: Almost all the characters he portrayed, though he manages to make them likable.
- Man Child: Not quite the Trope Codifier, but damn close.
- Missing Episode: The Day the Clown Cried is a famous example. It exists but is locked up due to legal issues.
- Oh God, with the Verbing!: Trope Maker
- Spiritual Successors: Pee-wee Herman, Adam Sandler, Gilbert Gottfried, Jim Carrey,...
- Telethon: Trope
maker codifier. The first telethon, broadcast by NBC in April 1949, was a fundraiser for the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation.
- Variety Show: The Colgate Comedy Hour.
- Yiddish as a Second Language