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Friars Club to Roast Jerry Lewis

March 30, 2006

NEW YORK (AP) _ Jerry Lewis is used to making jokes. This summer, he’ll bear the brunt of them.

The legendary comedian will take his third turn suffering insults and slams _ all in good-natured fun, of course _ at a Friars Club celebrity roast on June 9, it was announced Thursday.

``Since I had nothing better to do, why not?″ Lewis quipped.

Actor-comedian Richard Belzer will lead the roast, which will be presented at the Hilton Hotel in Manhattan.

The 80-year-old Lewis, who earned fame in showbiz and respect through his prodigious fundraising for children with muscular dystrophy, was previously roasted in 1971 and 1986. He was also honored with Dean Martin in 1955 at a testimonial dinner.

One likely target roasters are expected to aim at is Lewis’ renown popularity in France, where he has reached near godlike status.

``Once again, we’re very proud to honor our Roastee, the comedic genius Jerry Lewis,″ said Freddie Roman, the club’s dean. ``We’re happy to prove that 50 million Frenchman can’t be wrong.″


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