Jerry Lewis brings the funny, 1994


Much was made of a recent interview where Jerry Lewis stubbornly gave one- or two-syllable answers to an interviewer who was doing a documentary about show business legends.

When it comes to this man, there seem to be two Jerry Lewises. There’s the bitter one who constantly mouths off about how his comedic and film genius is unappreciated. But then, if you catch him on a good day, there’s the effusive Jerry that reminds all the fans who grew up with him why they liked him in the first place.

Here’s a very sunny and funny example of the latter, from David Letterman’s CBS talk show in 1994. Letterman is obviously a big fan, and Lewis seems to return the favor, resulting in the kind of fun that people always hope for on talk shows.