August 25, 2014 5:02 pm -

Jerry Lewis has made some comments about female comedians he’s tried to walk back, but not very successfully. As a result, he’ll be picketed when the New York Friar’s Club honors him next month.


Lewis, 88, once said, “I don’t like female comedians . . . a woman doing comedy doesn’t offend me but sets me back a bit. I, as a viewer, have trouble with it. I think of her as a producing machine that brings babies in the world.”

“The Nutty Professor” star and longtime “abbot” at the club has walked back those comments in recent years, saying he thinks women are funny — he just doesn’t like seeing them do stand-up, where one has to “project aggression.”

But some of the more than 150 female Friars are upset and plan to boycott. One told me, “We are up in arms. He says women aren’t funny. Why should we honor him?”[su_sky_ad]

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

20 responses to Female Comedians Set To Picket Jerry Lewis

  1. R.J. Carter August 25th, 2014 at 5:06 pm


    • Lloyd 'Tony' Cope August 25th, 2014 at 5:31 pm

      Alan, you post all these articles but never present your opinion. How do YOU feel about this? This is why your posts have so little replies.

      • Anomaly 100 August 25th, 2014 at 8:06 pm

        No, see that’s R.J. Carlter, not Alan.

  2. M D Reese August 25th, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    I’ve never thought that Jerry Lewis was funny–but not because he’s male. He’s just simply not funny. He’s the male version of Joan Rivers.

    • juicyfruityyy August 25th, 2014 at 5:49 pm

      He wasn’t funny. He just did crazy and clumsy things.

      • Dwendt44 August 25th, 2014 at 8:05 pm

        He was a comedic actor, not so much a comedian. Long past time he retired and faded into obscurity.

      • M D Reese August 25th, 2014 at 10:28 pm

        I heard he is mean and nasty on a personal level.

    • R.J. Carter August 26th, 2014 at 9:30 am

      Que voulez-vous dire ? Il est un génie. Vous avez vu le film, “le jour Le clown a pleuré?”

      • Anomaly 100 August 26th, 2014 at 9:45 pm

        Ha ha on you, you big libtard! Your comment was flagged!

  3. juicyfruityyy August 25th, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    I have forgotten all about him. Didn’t realize that he was still alive, I would continue to ignore him. But thank him for all the years hosting the MD Marathon.

  4. edmeyer_able August 25th, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Scanning through the people I follow on twitter I find 80% of the comics I follow are women, my favorite is Sarah Palin.

    • Larry Schmitt August 25th, 2014 at 6:18 pm

      She’s one of the unintentional comics.

    • Larry Schmitt August 25th, 2014 at 6:18 pm

      She’s one of the unintentional comics.

  5. Abby Normal August 25th, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    My cousin used to be a Flight Attendant based in Los Angeles. A lot of movie and TV stars were on her flights over the years. She said the most unpleasant, by far, was Jerry Lewis. A very selfish, obnoxious, unpleasant man. Read this article by a flight attendant about flying with the late Robin Williams. Unlike Lewis, he was a very caring, kind, polite person.

    • jsutton August 26th, 2014 at 11:22 pm

      I never enjoyed his type of comedy.

  6. tiredoftea August 25th, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    He is revered in France. That should be pretty much all we need to know about his “genius”!

  7. RK Johnston August 25th, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    I think that Jerry is just very jealous of the fact that there are funnier folks than he.
    He’s an embittered old fart who cannot understand that his best days have come-and-gone. All that he has left is the bitterness of “what might have been.”
    So, he seeks out a scapegoat for his “non-relevance.”
    And–he singles out his sisters-in-trade as his target.

    Well, the sad truth is that Jerry’s comments…even though he tried to walk them back…basicly show what sort of man he truly is.
    A vindictive, mean, unloveable, and un-funny has-been who does not seem to really care how much his words do hurt–until somebody calls him out.
    He may have his Labor Day telethon to fight M.S.–but is that all he has now, or will have whe he enters the Void?

    Jerry…give it up, ‘mano! You can do far better to make your Golden Years go that much better than to be acting as you are now!

  8. John Tarter August 26th, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Now people are picketing Jerry? Free speech is dying in this nation and I am tired of all those who get “offended” at the slightest comment by somebody. Oh, you are offended? Get a life!

    • Janet D'Angelo Beardsley August 26th, 2014 at 10:46 am

      So he can have free speech but they can’t??? Yes it seems it is dying, thanks to attitudes like yours. 🙁

  9. jsutton August 26th, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    He just very old.