Loved him when I was a kid. When I told a family friend that I liked Jerry Lewis he responded: “You’re not playing with a full deck of cards.” At my young age, I thought the response inappropriate (it made me mad, defensive), but it was somewhat exciting; I liked something that adults didn’t. It instantly became dangerous and defiant to be a Jerry Lewis fan. No one else seemed to “get him”, but I did. It was an interesting feeling, and probably the first time my taste in culture swam against the tide of popular opinion. Thanks for that experience. R.I.P.
There was no one like Jerry before Jerry. He was a true original.