From Woody Allen and Lenny Bruce to Jim Carey and David Letterman, Jerry Lewis has influenced generations of great comedians. He has raised over a billion dollars for charity, earning him a Nobel Peace Prize nomination and a Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor. Author/film critic Shawn Levy interviews Lewis and many of his contemporaries, friends, and enemies to paint a realistic portrait of a complicated genius. Levy tells the story of Lewis's meteoric rise to superstardom, his legendary but tumultuous partnership with Dean Martin, his acting and directing hits and misses, and the demons that haunted the funnyman's personal relationships. King of Comedy
is the definitive biography of Jerry Lewis, a funny but dark look at one of the world's most beloved yet misunderstood entertainers.
Cover Photo by Martha Swope © Time Inc.; Recording (P)1996 by Audio Literature; Copyright ©1996 by Shawn Levy