Showbiz Imagery and Chicanery
comedian Joe E. Lewis interrupts Don Rickles’ act in the Sahara lounge circa 1961.

comedian Joe E. Lewis interrupts Don Rickles’ act in the Sahara lounge circa 1961.

Joe E. Lewis at the El Rancho. Vegas’ first stand-up headliner.

Joe E. Lewis at the El Rancho. Vegas’ first stand-up headliner.

Joe E. Lewis, Mary Wickes, Shemp Howard

Joe E. Lewis, Mary Wickes, Shemp Howard

click to watch this awesome movie featuring Shemp Howard and Mary Wickes as a comedy team. Joe E. Lewis, stand-up comedian who had his throat cut open by the Mob, also warbles some songs and acts terribly in his severed-vocal-chord tone.

click to watch this awesome movie featuring Shemp Howard and Mary Wickes as a comedy team. Joe E. Lewis, stand-up comedian who had his throat cut open by the Mob, also warbles some songs and acts terribly in his severed-vocal-chord tone.

JOE E. LEWIS PLAYS THE COPA, NEW YEAR’S EVE

JOE E. LEWIS PLAYS THE COPA, NEW YEAR’S EVE

SONNY KING - JOE E. LEWIS - KEELY SMITH

SONNY KING - JOE E. LEWIS - KEELY SMITH

JOE E. LEWIS, GEORGE JESSEL, GROUCHO MARX.

JOE E. LEWIS AND FRANK SINATRA

JOE E. LEWIS AND FRANK SINATRA

NIGHTLIFE AT THE COPACABANA, NEW YORK