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Comedy club announces Jerry Lewis Award, Web-athon to raise funds for muscular dystrophy cure
LOS ANGELES (AP) ' Comedians who think Jerry Lewis was unceremoniously dumped from his post as chairman of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and face of its annual telethon are holding a Web-athon of their own.
Laugh Factory owner Jamie Masada says his club will hold a fundraiser on Monday featuring comedians such as Norm Crosby and Dave Chappelle. Fans can watch the performances online and make donations.
Proceeds of the event will be presented to scientists working toward a cure for muscular dystrophy as the Jerry Lewis Award. Masada says the event will be held annually until a cure is found.
The MDA announced last month that it was parting ways with Lewis after 45 years but offered no explanation for the split. The MDA's annual telethon will be held Sunday.