Jerry Lewis 09.02.11

Telethon by Harry Shearer

Jerry Lewis is standing in his dressing room trailer, looking pensively into a mirror. Seconds from now he’ll be introduced, and he’s have to walk onto the stage of his 1976 Telethon and summon, from somewhere within himself, the strength to raise from the American public over the next twenty-one hours an enormous sum of money. The rehearsals are over now; the red lights are on, and the cue cards are neatly stacked in hour-by-hour packages. There’s just a moment left for Lewis to be alone with himself. A moment so special that he can’t help but share it with the rest of us.

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