Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Today Show with Faye Emerson, Jack Lescoulie, Frank Blair, J. Fred Muggs and guests Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis (1956)




Dean Martin: I had never broken up [with laughter] deliberately – you know, pretending to an audience that I thought he [Jerry Lewis] was funny when he wasn’t. When he didn’t get the kind of laughs from me, he began to try his stuff out on six guys we had around as court followers. You might call them professional idiots. So Jerry didn’t come to me any more for my opinion. He tried out his stuff on our idiot clique. He kept those six idiots after we broke-up – only it got more like seven or ten idiots. That kind of thing builds.