2/25/14

CARSON VS. LEWIS IN FRIARS CLUB ROAST OF JERRY

Dig Johnny Carson's opening monologue from an early 1970's Friars Club Roast of Jerry Lewis. It's hard to remember that Carson was a truly funny stand-up monologist--largely because he made such a mockery of his monologues later in his career (not getting laughs became the standard joke of the set). But Carson takes on Jerry in an admirably quick and cruel way, throwing him under the bus almost instantly by mentioning his recently failed chain of movie theaters as well as Jerry's sinking movie career of the era and his complete failure as a network television host. I can't imagine how the hell anyone else but Carson could have gotten away with it. By the way, Alan King? Not funny.




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