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Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis

Show Count: 71
Series Count: 0
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Old Time Radio
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Who could ever forget the incredible comic duo of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. They met quite unspectacularly when a mutual friend introduced them on the street corner in New York. They went their separate ways, running into each other a few times over the next year.

But in 1946, the two were both booked at the same club for separate performances. They both watched each other’s act and chimed in throughout the evening. It was clear that they enjoyed each other’s humor and played well off of one another.

Later that year they would both perform at the 500 Club with Dean singing and Jerry performing a comedy act. After a few nights, the two began to perform an act together that combined both of their talents for humor. They were a huge hit and a dynamic duo was born.

They continued performing in clubs and then they made the radio circuit. Eventually they go their own show The Martin and Lewis Show that ran from 1949-1952 on NBC.

The Martin and Lewis Show was a comedy and variety show that featured the two performers along with several other big names. The very first guest star was Lucille Ball – and it didn’t get much better than that in 1949!

The show was not wildly popular because the act of Lewis and Martin was very visual. In fact, many listeners disliked the show because of Jerry Lewis’s screechy voice – though no one could complain about the smooth vocals of Dean Martin. However, the radio show did launch the duos success and led to the production of many Martin and Lewis movies.

When the age of television arrived, the comedy duo had more success appearing on shows such as Toast of the Town and The Colgate Comedy Hour. The television venue allowed viewers to see the visual act and get in on the jokes. The two became wildly popular and had millions of fans.

Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis are legends to this day. The two performed together until 1956 when they broke up their act. In the following years they would only be seen performing together three times.

In 1995, Martin passed away due to lung failure largely a result of smoking. Jerry Lewis is still living and can still be seen making appearances for the Muscular Dystrophy Association – particularly on the yearly telethons.

Broadcast: 25th January 1952
Added: Mar 19 2010
Broadcast: 25th April 1952
Added: Aug 20 2010
Broadcast: 28th March 1952
Added: Apr 09 2010
Broadcast: 5th May 1953
Added: May 05 2011
Broadcast: 26th October 1951
Added: Nov 20 2010
Broadcast: 15th May 1949
Added: Nov 27 2007
Broadcast: 23rd August 1949
Added: Feb 27 2010
Broadcast: 19th October 1951
Added: Oct 16 2010
Broadcast: 21st December 1948
Added: Feb 23 2010
Broadcast: 18th April 1952
Added: Oct 31 2010
Broadcast: 12th June 1949
Added: Nov 26 2007
Broadcast: 9th August 1949
Added: Feb 25 2010
Broadcast: 12th December 1949
Added: Dec 12 2010
Broadcast: 4th April 1952
Added: Apr 16 2010
Broadcast: 7th March 1952
Added: Mar 16 2010
Broadcast: 28th December 1951
Added: Dec 29 2013
Broadcast: 9th November 1951
Added: Oct 21 2011
Broadcast: Not broadcast
Added: May 27 2007
Broadcast: 26th May 1953
Added: May 25 2010
Broadcast: 2nd November 1951
Added: Nov 05 2010
Broadcast: 23rd November 1951
Added: Nov 23 2010
Broadcast: 5th October 1951
Added: Oct 03 2010
Broadcast: 19th May 1953
Added: May 19 2011
Broadcast: 12th October 1951
Added: Oct 09 2010
Broadcast: 1st February 1952
Added: Apr 02 2010
Broadcast: 11th January 1952
Added: Jun 09 2012
Broadcast: 29th May 1949
Added: Dec 10 2007
Broadcast: 14th October 1952
Added: Jun 03 2011
Broadcast: 2nd August 1949
Added: Feb 23 2010
Broadcast: 30th August 1949
Added: Feb 28 2010
Broadcast: 14th December 1951
Added: Mar 04 2011
Broadcast: 7th October 1952
Added: Oct 21 2010
Broadcast: 23rd September 1952
Added: Sep 23 2010
Broadcast: 2nd June 1953
Added: Jun 02 2011
Broadcast: 7th December 1951
Added: Dec 10 2010
Broadcast: 12th May 1953
Added: May 12 2011
Broadcast: 28th June 1949
Added: Dec 31 2007
Broadcast: 22nd May 1949
Added: Dec 03 2007
Broadcast: 16th June 1953
Added: Jun 17 2010
Broadcast: 28th April 1953
Added: Apr 28 2011
Broadcast: 14th April 1953
Added: Apr 14 2011
Broadcast: 22nd February 1952
Added: May 27 2011
Broadcast: 14th March 1952
Added: Mar 12 2010
Broadcast: 3rd April 1949
Added: Jan 06 2004
Broadcast: 1st May 1949
Added: Jan 20 2004
Broadcast: 5th June 1949
Added: Dec 17 2007
Broadcast: 21st March 1952
Added: Apr 02 2011
Broadcast: 7th July 1953
Added: Aug 12 2011
Broadcast: 7th April 1953
Added: Apr 07 2011
Broadcast: 14th November 1949
Added: Aug 08 2010
Broadcast: 4th January 1952
Added: Jan 11 2008
Broadcast: 8th May 1949
Added: Jan 27 2004
Broadcast: 9th June 1953
Added: Jun 10 2010
Broadcast: 5th July 1949
Added: Jan 25 2008
Broadcast: 8th February 1952
Added: May 07 2010
Broadcast: 16th September 1952
Added: Aug 27 2010
Broadcast: 16th November 1951
Added: Nov 24 2012
Broadcast: 28th October 1949
Added: Jul 25 2010
Broadcast: 29th February 1952
Added: Jul 02 2010
Broadcast: 21st June 1949
Added: Dec 24 2007
Broadcast: 23rd June 1953
Added: Jun 24 2010
Broadcast: 21st April 1953
Added: Apr 21 2011
Broadcast: 16th August 1949
Added: Feb 26 2010
Broadcast: 11th April 1952
Added: Aug 13 2010
Broadcast: 10th April 1949
Added: Jan 13 2004
Broadcast: 15th February 1952
Added: May 14 2011
Broadcast: 7th November 1949
Added: Aug 01 2010