Carrying a big shtick

Jerry's kids talk back

A bunch of comedians just flew in from L.A., and boy, is Jerry Lewis old. “He’s so old, he’s his own influence,” quipped filmmaker and comedian Jeffrey Ross, who also thinks “if you Google (Lewis) you’ll find him on Craigslist — and Schindler’s List.”

Contemporaries and young comedians took aim at the nutty professor at Friday’s Friars’ Club Roast at the Hilton in Gotham. “A lot of people over the last few weeks said they wish Dean (Martin) was alive to see this,” joked Lisa Lamponelli. “I’d settle for Jerry being alive to see it.”

This was Lewis’ historic third roast. Friars previously honored him in the ’50s with Marilyn Monroe and in the ’80s with Frank Sinatra, prompting Freddy Roman, after noting Richard Belzer‘s presence, to deadpan to Lewis, “What the fuck has happened to your life?”)

Lewis had age on his mind, too. “When you get older and start recognizing the mortality of your life, you start realizing the things you’ve taken for granted,” he said. “Today I’m not taking anything for granted.”

Others were less reverential. Quipped Ross: “This Labor Day a 6-year-old boy got up and walked for the first time … to turn off the Jerry Lewis Telethon.”

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