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Despite Different Styles, Dick Gregory And Jerry Lewis Inspired Generations Of Comics

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Jerry Lewis, pictured here in 2016, told Fresh Air that comics need a place where they can fail. "We had the [Borscht Belt] at the Catskill Mountains. We had Lakewood, N.J. We had vaudeville, burlesque. ... I mean, there were so many places for you to be bad. Today, kids don't have a hell of a chance." Rich Fury/Invision/AP hide caption

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Jerry Lewis On His Borscht Belt Childhood And The Lonely Work Of Comedy

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Comedian And Civil Rights Crusader Dick Gregory Dies At 84

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Comedian Jerry Lewis Dies At 91, Also Known For Muscular Dystrophy Telethon

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Social Satirist Dick Gregory Was The 'First To Have A Crossover Market'

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Dean Martin (left) and Jerry Lewis in 1953. They met in 1945, and over the next decade went on to become the highest-paid comedy act in the U.S. Express Newspapers/Getty Images hide caption

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Jerry Lewis, Comic Icon And Titan Of Telethons, Dies At 91

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Dick Gregory, Comedian And Civil Rights Activist, Dies At 84

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Dick Gregory, known for his sharp commentary on race relations during the 1960s civil rights movement, was considered a pioneer in using satire to address social issues. Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images hide caption

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People attend the memorial service for Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, Va., on Wednesday. Heyer was killed on Saturday when a man, identified by police as a neo-Nazi supporter, drove his car into a crowd of people protesting against a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Ruth Pfau, seen here at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Karachi in 2010, led a charity fighting leprosy and blindness in the country for decades. Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Glen Campbell, circa 1967. Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images hide caption

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Glen Campbell, Country Music Legend, Is Dead At 81

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Original Godzilla actor Haruo Nakajima points a figure of the monster he made for the movie during a 2014 interview at his home in Sagamihara, near Tokyo. Junji Kurokawa/AP hide caption

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Haruo Nakajima, The Original Godzilla Actor, Dies

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Barbara Cook performs at the 120th anniversary of New York's Carnegie Hall in 2011. Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images hide caption

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Barbara Cook, Tony Award-Winning Actress And Singer, Dies At 89

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Don Baylor, Baseball Star Turned Manager, Dies At 68

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