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Saturday, June 10, 2006
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 Frenchmen can't be wrong."
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