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The end of the Jerry Lewis telethon and punks for posterity: Awesome / Not Awesome with Luke Burbank

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Entertainer Jerry Lewis sings at the end of the 42nd annual Labor Day Telethon to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association at the South Point Hotel & Casino September 3, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. That year's telethon raised USD 63,759,478. Ethan Miller/Getty Images

The days of the eight-hour Jerry Lewis telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association are no more. The MDA announced the 85-year-old comedian will retire from his role as host of their charity event. Luke Burbank weighs in on what Jerry brought to the world of TV fundraising. Also, Luke tells the tale of a small town mayor in New Mexico who is hot water for signing city contracts while drunk. And Luke talks about U.K. punks helping to preserve historic buildings in the English country side.

Jerry Lewis raising money:

Johnny Lydon (formerly Johnny Rotten) doing the same thing:

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