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Sammy On Jerry Lewis Telethon

Jerry Lewis began hosting the MDA Telethon in 1956. Since then he and countless celebrities have entertained audiences across several continents and raised millions of dollars for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Jerry’s also ticked off a lot of people with disabilities who resent the use of pity to emotionally manipulate people into donating money. I found a half hour documentary on the subject that I thought was pretty good. Here’s a link to watch it online:

The Kids Are All Right

There’s no pity plea in this telethon clip though! It’s just Sammy Davis Jr’s fantastic rendition of “Great Come And Get It Day” from “Finian’s Rainbow.” On a side note, is it just me or is Sammy seriously limping in this video?

Even though I agree with the disability rights advocates and I haven’t tuned in to the telethon in decades, I can’t honestly say I stopped watching because of my strong commitment to civil rights. I just got bored with it. I’m grateful for clips like this that show us what an entertainment extravaganza this show was in its heyday, but I am also glad the telethon appears to be slowly fading away.

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Jerry Lewis Sings Bob Dylan! Sadly Not True

Okay so this technically isn’t a music video but it’s too funny to pass up! I love Martin Short and SCTV! This particular clip is from episode 7 of the 6th and final season of SCTV which ran on Cinemax.

I believe we only escaped a real Lewis/Dylan cover album by the luckiest of coin tosses. Clearly the fates allow this sort of thing to happen all the time. Debbie Reynolds “…Had A Hammer,” Lawrence Welk “…Toked Over The Line,”  Pat Boone did heavy metal and, ladies and gentlemen, this actually happened:

I don’t know why I’m drawn to things like this. It’s like a mosquito bite that I can’t help scratching. Now if you’ll excuse me I’m going to go queue up Nimoy’s “Legend Of Bilbo Baggins.” Somebody call me when Manilow starts eying Jay Z’s catalog!

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