BARSTOW — Entertainers Tom Stevens and Tony Lewis put on a comedy show worthy of any showroom in the world on Saturday afternoon at Barstow Community College's beautiful Performing Arts Center, leaving the estimated crowd of 300 people standing and cheering.
Though Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis' heyday as a comedy duo was more than 60 years ago, Stevens and Lewis recreated their show magnificently, complete with songs, dancing, slapstick and jokes. It was pure delight, and the pair even put their own spin on it by impersonating Martin and Lewis impersonating John Travolta and Robert DeNiro singing "Summer Nights" from the movie "Grease."
That was just one wildly funny moment from 90 minutes of hilarity in "The Martin and Lewis Tribute Show." Stevens and Lewis deserve kudos for their performances, which were so dead on that it was easy to forget you were watching entertainers impersonate Dean and Jerry and not actually watching the real deal.
Australian Tony Lewis is not related to Jerry Lewis, but he looked, sounded, acted and clowned so much like Jerry that it was almost eerie. Las Vegas resident Tom Stevens has long been one of the best, if not the best, Dean Martin impersonators in the business, but he took his game to a new level with the comedic interplay with Lewis — Tony, that is.
The show moved effortlessly from song to routine to joke to song, allowing each man to demonstrate his tremendous talent, not only at impersonating, but at truly entertaining.
Stevens sang seven or eight Martin classics, including "King of the Road," "Gentle on My Mind" and "Everybody Loves Somebody." Lewis took a turn on "That Old Black Magic," and they sang together on "That's Amore" and the show's finale, "Every Street's a Boulevard in Old New York" from the movie "Living It Up."
Lewis included some history of how Jerry Lewis got started in show business, including a demonstration of Jerry's "record act," but it was his portrayal of some of Lewis' many characters that really amazed. Stevens, as was Martin, played the perfect straight man, but also showed he could tell a wicked joke if one "caught his eye."
The Barstow crowd was fortunate indeed to get to watch these two talented gentlemen, who will leave immediately for a month in Florida where they have 14 shows scheduled. Then it is on to Australia for another month's worth of shows.
Though you have to be up in years to have had a chance to see Dean and Jerry in their prime, Stevens and Lewis have done a great favor by keeping alive the memory of these two legends with a show that oozes authenticity and absolutely leaves everyone laughing.