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From left to right, actor and comedian Richard Lewis, actor and comedian Jerry Lewis, actress Illeana Douglas, and actor and comedian Dane Cook pose together as Jerry Lewis is honored with a hand and footprint ceremony at TCL Chinese Theatre on Saturday, April 12, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP Images)
Jerry Lewis : Women are funny, but not when crude
First Published Apr 12 2014 07:25 pm • Last Updated Apr 12 2014 07:25 pm

Los Angeles • Jerry Lewis says women are funny, but not as crude standup comics.

The 88-year-old entertainer was criticized for expressing his distaste for female comedians a few years ago, but in clarifying his comments, he called Lucille Ball "brilliant" and said Carol Burnett is "the greatest female entrepreneur of comedy."

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Ball "went to the lowest level of the barrel, and she was brilliant because of it," Lewis said Saturday after leaving his hand and footprints in cement outside Hollywood’s Chinese Theatre.

"Seeing a woman project the kind of aggression that you have to project as a comic just rubs me wrong. And they’re funny — I mean you got some very, very funny people that do beautiful work — but I have a problem with the lady up there that’s going to give birth to a child — which is a miracle," Lewis said. "But when you have women like Carol Burnett, that’s the greatest female entrepreneur of comedy. I just saw Carol at the Smith Center at home in Vegas, and I was stunned by how brilliant she is and how brilliantly she brings the audience right up to her."

Lewis was accompanied by his wife and daughter at the cement ceremony, during which he asked his daughter to take a bow.

"This is an incredible time for me," he said. "I have never, ever had an experience like this and had my daughter present. And this is the first time I’ve ever asked her to join me."

Danielle Sara Lewis is Jerry Lewis’ only daughter and the youngest of his seven children.

Quentin Tarantino introduced Lewis Saturday. Comedians Richard Belzer and Dane Cook were among the guests. Lewis planned to attend a 50th anniversary screening of "The Nutty Professor" later that evening as part of the TCM Classic Film Festival.

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