Laughing All The Way

Marty Elpers, daughter of Tom Meeker, president and CEO of Churchill Downs, dresses up for the running of the 132nd Kentucky Derby, May 6, 2006 in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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"Laughing Matters" is the single topic of CBS News Sunday Morning Sunday, May 20 (9:00-10:30 AM, ET) on the CBS Television Network.

Correspondent Martha Teichner sits down with Jerry Lewis, who has been performing for more than 50 years. How does he still make people laugh after all these years? Says hem "I had to keep the child within alive. That's why I tell everyone I'm 9. You want me to be what I am chronologically, I can be a 75-year-old crotchety jerk, if you want. I don't want to do that. I'm 9. I'm always 9."

Sunday Morning also turns to one of Lewis' biggest influences -- silent film star Buster Keaton. This master of silent comedy was a man who lived for his work, and his work was making people laugh. His deadpan face conveyed a wide range of subtle expressions, the images of which are on display in the gallery at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, Calif. Correspondent Jerry Bowen tours the exhibit and discusses renewed interest in Keaton with Jeffrey Vance, who has co-authored a new book about Keaton.

Switching channels to contemporary televised comedy, many Americans would say that the most consistently funny and realistic series about family life is “The Simpsons.” Correspondent Bill Whitaker goes behind the scenes at the animated series, which has become the longest-running sitcom in American broadcast history and has proven that cartoons aren't just for kids, but for the kid that's in all of us.

On a more thoughtful note, Sunday Morning explores the definition of humor and its place in society. Correspondent Rita Braver asks comedian/author Al Franken about humor. “It’s like obscenity—you laugh when it strikes you funny,” he chuckled.

Humorist Bill Geist presents a personal essay on the last American male who decided to take up the game of golf—himself. Geist’s wit and wisdom on golf balls …“I buy the family 36-pack for nine holes. No sense in buying too few.”

Cbs News Sunday Morning: “Laughing Matters” is produced by Jim Houtrides, Jason Sacca, Peter Goodman and Amy Rosner. Ed Forgotson is the coordinating producer. Marquita Pool-Eckert and Estelle Popkin are senior producers. Mary Murphy is senior broadcast producer. Rand Morrison is executive producer.

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