Jerry Lewis – “the king of comedy”
Coming from a family of performers, Jerry Lewis, the king of comedy, was destined for a life on stage and screen. At just 5 years of age he was already performing on stage alongside his parents and by 15 he had developed his own showed called “Record Act”, where he would exaggeratedly mime the lyrics to songs.
Jerry primarily gained attention as part of a double act with singer Dean Martin, who served as straight man to Jerry’s zany antics in the Martin and Lewis comedy team. They quickly rose to fame, first with their popular nightclub act, next as stars of their own radio program followed by numerous appearances on early live television and finally moving into film.
Throughout his career Jerry has won multiple Oscars and Emmy’s as well as receiving several awards for lifetime achievements from the American Comedy Awards, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Venice Film Festival, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and has been honoured with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Pictured Above: Kisty Strowger (Managing Director) Turmeric Australia, Jerry Lewis and Lou Cerantonio, Global Tour Manager for Jerry Lewis
Although Jerry is known worldwide for his slapstick humour, something you may not know is that, Jerry begun to fundraise for Muscular Dystrophy Association in 1954 and has been an official ambassador for over 47 years. In 1966, he founded and begun hosting the MDA Labour Day Telethon which ran annually up until 2010. Through fundraising, Jerry has raised over USD$2.6 billion dollars for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and was even nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1977 for his efforts.
Although Jerry has taken a step back from the limelight in recent years, his legacy of humanitarian work hasn’t slowed down. In 2010 Jerry meet a precocious 7-year-old boy, Lochie Graham who had a big idea in the humble form of a child’s drawing. A relationship was formed between the two and Jerry’s House was born.
Jerry’ House Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/jerryshousecharity/
Jerry’s House is a place that the most vulnerable and traumatised children can go whether it is environmental, social, physical, or emotional trauma through family, community, or illness.
Jerry’s House is a place where these individuals can be taught the powers of comedy and humour to change their perspective and/or heal themselves and the world around them.
June 19th will see the Legionnaires of Laughter (LOL) event hosted in New York City. This event is to honour a select group of the most influential and successful world renowned comedians, comic actors, writers, artists, and entertainers whose work has touched lives bringing healing smiles to audiences around the world. The night will also see the introduction of the Robin Williams award, honouring comedic work in his honour. Moreover, the night is also a charity event to raise funds to help build a Jerry’s House facility right here in Melbourne. The objective is to have a Jerry’s House in every major city throughout Australia and eventually the world.
Turmeric Australia is extremely excited to be affiliated with not only Jerry Lewis, the king of comedy, but also with the amazing work he does for ensuring children challenged by a chronic health condition, disability, mental health issue or abusive past receive the best care possible.
“Jerry’s House is comedy, humour and play. It is designed to bring joy, fun and laughter into the healing process for children and young people challenged by an illness or their environment.
It is supported by research that demonstrates how health is positively affected by humour, laughter and joy.” – Jerry Lewis