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WHO IS THIS GUY? What is this guy? Glistening hair floats over a militantly loosened collar stuffed into a shiny, expensive, ill-fitting suit. The camera closes in on a familiar face. This guy is taking advantage of just about the only airtime he’s had this year. Aside from brief sightings on Wiseguy, the Labor Day Telethon is it for Jerry Lewis. Ordinarily, to get this much attention he’d have to schlep to Paris. You see, in France Jerry Lewis is considered a genius. This last sentence is the funniest thing that ever happened anywhere near Jerry Lewis, which is disappointing since he’s supposed to be a comedian. Who thinks Jerry Lewis is funny (besides the French)? True, funniness, like most other attributes, is constructed in part through taste. True, one person’s sirloin is another person’s kitty stew. But really, who thinks Jerry Lewis is funny? Perhaps he’s about for more serious

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