Jerry Lewis Telethon!

(Above: Dean Martin/Jerry Lewis reunion on the 1976 telethon. Source: YouTube screenshot)

It’s Labor Day! A traditional time for picnics, barbecues, ballgames… and the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon!

That 44-year tradition ended on live TV back in 2010 (and Lewis himself passed away in 2017), but you can stream some of the telethon’s best moments at Shout Factory TV.

The free service offers 11 MDA Telethon Presents collections, most running for about an hour. Eight cover individual categories: stand-up comics, the 1980s, “today’s” pop/R&B, classic R&B, Broadway, Grammy-winning artists, ventriloquists, magicians. One is all Don Rickles and one all Jerry Lewis himself.

Here’s a separate, shorter highlights compilation, posted by the Muscular Dystrophy Association in 2010:

For the Shout Factory TV episodes, visit For more about the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and to donate (is there a better day?), visit

(Note: The above is an updated version of a previously article)

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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