Jerry Lewis

Why We Love Jerry Lewis (Now 88)

Posted on 03/27/2014 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentNo one can claim to be a film fan without trying to come to terms with Jerry Lewis. For nearly two decades, there was no bigger star on the big screen than Lewis, who turned 88 March 16. With and without his longtime partner Dean Martin, from 1951 through 1963 Lewis made the list of Hollywood’s Top 10 Money-Making Stars 11 times. Other stars have done that, including Abbot and Costello. But Bud and Lou were never accused of being …

When TV Tried Something New: Ernie Kovacs and Sid Caesar

Posted on 10/25/2012 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentFor years, I reckoned that those who longed for the so-called Golden Age of Television were really just yearning for a less complicated time, when there were two or three broadcast networks, everybody watched the same shows, and life was, well, as simple as black and white. I’ve since changed my mind, especially after sampling three recent DVD sets of 1950s TV icon Ernie Kovaks and an upcoming collection of TV work by Mel Brooks. In the ‘50s, TV was …