‘The Lost Richard Lewis Interview’ Will Screen Via YouTube On Late Comedian’s Birthday

An unseen interview that captures comedian Richard Lewis holding court at Greenblatt’s Delicatessen in Hollywood is set for release on Saturday, June 29.

Filmmaker/Documentarian Gregg Barson conducted the Lewis interview for his 2011 documentary, Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis.

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Barson remembered it being one of the most hysterical interviews he ever conducted, and that’s saying plenty, because he was fortunate enough to sit down with such legendary comedians for his documentary — Richard Belzer, Chevy Chase, Billy Crystal, Eddie Murphy, Carl Reiner, Jerry Seinfeld, and Jerry Lewis himself.

“I didn’t want it to end because I was treated to a one-man, private sit-down comedy extravaganza,” Barson said, recalling the Lewis moment.

When Barson revisited the material in its entirety, he had over an hour of unseen interview footage that highlights Lewis’s frenetic improvisational style of stand-up.

Barson decided Lewis’s birthday on June 29th would be the perfect time to share this tribute with all of his fans. Lewis’s wife, Joyce Lapinsky Lewis, loved the video, and also thought it should be shared.

“Richard was truly an expert on comedy and its history, which made for an incredible interview about the great Jerry Lewis…and surprisingly, the interview is even more revealing about Richard Lewis,” Barson said.

The Lost Richard Lewis Interview can be seen starting Saturday, June 29th on the comedian’s YouTube channel.

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