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This comedy duo were the perfect example of 1950s pop culture comedy
and showed the importance of connecting with an audience.
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis were and are still regarded as the greatest
comedy team in the history of show business. From 1945-1955, Dean
Martin and Jerry Lewis transformed and reinforced a lively form of
comedy and created a unique chemistry that people were completely
devoured by. They created this electrifying mix of two opposites and
worked off each other brilliantly, it was new and fresh and it worked.
They took the world by storm and entertained anyone who watched.
Jerry's outlandish and eccentric slapstick style coupled with Dean's
slick, suave and smooth charisma and charm made for one of the most
prolific and enchanting duos in comedy history.
They were brought into the public mainly by their own rotating series
"The Colgate Comedy Hour" which showcased their individual talents and
made them even more known to the wider public. Their relationship
sparked a partnership that would last a decade to the day and in that
decade, they created innovative and entertaining comedy that people
then were very surprised by, pushing the limits of what people expected
on live television. Their routine focused on Jerry being a dumb-witted
imbecile and Dean being the cool-headed and sensible adult which made
for a funny yet balanced humour and selflessness of the comedians that
would go on to be the centre of the majority of their sketches on "The
Colgate Comedy Hour".
They made television history as they were the first comedy team to
really make such a financial impact and gather such popularity on
television. Their form of comedy was very physical and 'in your face',
making for funny and bizarre moments of unprofessionalism making the
audience more comfortable and relaxed in their presence, showing a
sense of rough and uncultivated humour especially with their constant
breaking of character adding a sense of realism and heart beneath it
all. No one could really fully explain why Marin and Lewis worked so
well but they did a tremendous job of creating humour. You could not
even call it fourth wall breaking because really there was no wall to
break, it was all very transparent and real, dynamic and had elements
childish maturity and mature childishness.
Not only did their comedy warm the hearts of millions but it made a lot
of money for studios as they made a total of 16 films as a duo and they
all made a lot of money showing how much profit this sort of pairing
could make. Profit became such a large part of film production and it
became a leading decision making factor, if the film was unlikely to
make money then it would most likely be scrapped rather than
considering the creative integrity of it, the indie film movement is
later introduced in new Hollywood a lot more.
The lovable and honest ideas of their sketches made it easier to laugh
at them especially with how funny it was, filled with perfect timing
and fresh jokes and recurring ones alike made their work one of a kind
and it wasn't only till later that people appreciated their comedy and
were now seen as kings of comedy. They transformed comedy on the big
screen and created a sense of partnership and connection with the
viewer, people that others could laugh at, a very important part of
modern comedy today but not as witty or physical. They were important
figureheads for comedic duos to come after them, they were very
influential and their work is still relevant and funny today showing
how ahead of their time and in tune with the world they were to be able
to keep their comedy fresh 75 years later. Duos like Martin and Lewis
were very important as they showed relevance and light heartedness in a
period of political unrest and not to mention WW2 which had just ended.
They were a place of relief and happiness and made a lot of people
appreciate laughter on television in the 1950s.
Jerry Lewis sums up their partnership very well in their interview on
Person to Person with Edward R. Murrow in 1954 as quote: 'We knew that
Dean was the good looking guy and I was the goof and it would make for
a good combination, but at the same time I think that the affection
that Dean and I show in our work and the potentness involved in our
performance that so many older people feel that Dean is more or less a
boss or the authority and I am the underdog and so many people in life
go through this everyday that they can laugh and chuckle at reality'
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