Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Jerry Lewis Telethon

As I've said before - the annual Jerry Lewis Telethon used to be an important milestone - as much a part of Labor Day and the end of Summer as the three-day weekend and barbecue.

At some point, it all became a bad syndicated joke - and something no self-respecting celebrity would ever be caught dead appearing on. Where once we had Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr - we now have Tom Bergeron, Jann Carl and Nancy O'Dell.

This year, for the first time in forty years, the show won't have it's announcer - Ed McMahon. I would expect some kind of teary-eyed remembrance of Ed during this year's festivities.

Due to Ed's advanced age and deteriorating health - his performance on the last few telethons was not so great. Not that 80-something host Jerry Lewis was much better. Let's take a look at some memorable moments from Jerry and Ed's last few years on the show.

(The above link should play eleven videos in a row. Just hang in there with as many as you can stand.)