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Comedians honor Jerry Lewis with 'The Jerry Lewis Award'

September 2, 2011 |  3:28 pm

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A group of comedians who last month attempted to get Jerry Lewis reinstated as emcee of the Musculary Dystrophy Telethon have announced an annual award in Lewis' name to be given to the individual who makes the "greatest contribution" to finding a cure for the disease.

The Laugh Factory in West Hollywood will host the comics' first fundraiser for the award Sept. 5.  Jamie Masada, the club's owner, said the event will continue yearly until a cure for muscular dystrophy is found.

"This Jerry Lewis Award will be annual, like the Nobel Peace Prize," Masada said. "An icon was treated dishonorably by the corporate charitable structure. Maybe it's time to stress how an individual can make a difference."

The show will be streamed live at starting at 7 p.m. Donations can be made on the website.


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Photo: Jerry Lewis at 2008 Labor Day telethon for muscular dystrophy. Credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images