Billy Crystal, Steve Martin do wonderful things.

Jerry Lewis

Jerry Lewis

Profession: Humorist
Nationality: American

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The people at Columbia Pictures have been great, but I had to tell them, 'Please don't be nice to me. Just pay me.'

What's happened at 85 is I've lost my appetite. I used to be a little hog when I was young. But now I really don't seem to need it.

I need the applause.

We're leaving the House to people who either were born with a silver spoon in their mouth... or couldn't get better jobs in the first place.

I don't like any female comedians.

I was once six feet tall, but at 85, I'm now five feet four.

When you get a question like, 'Did you like meeting Her Majesty?' 'No, I thought she was a slob.' I mean, what are you going to say... The mischief comes into me when I'm doing a Q&A, I'm 9 years old again. I don't get mad. I do get offended.

My ego and my vanities have nothing to do with comedy.

I have always said that I cannot allow the child within me to die. It's kept me alive.

You think about getting old, but when you get there, it's not what you thought it would be.

I never stop working.

I dream in color.

People think I'm against critics because they are negative to my work. That's not what bothers me. What bothers me is they didn't see the work. I have seen critics print stuff about stuff I cut out of the film before we ran it. So don't tell me about critics.

Postwar America was a very buttoned-up nation. Radio shows were run by censors, Presidents wore hats, ladies wore girdles. We came straight out of the blue - nobody was expecting anything like Martin and Lewis. A sexy guy and a monkey is how some people saw us.