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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Legendary funnyman Jerry Lewis gets serious in the new movie Max Rose. He plays an aging jazz musician who can't face life without his wife. Lewis taps into his deep love for his own wife sam to play the role.

Lewis has decades of show business experience but he says he couldn't perform today without his wife. "When you've had 85 years of experience, its pretty tough to go wrong. You have to look to your memory. That's why I have to yell for Sam because she remembers everything and I don't."

Jerry Lewis may be slowing down but he is not retiring. Last month he opened his tour with three live shows at casinos in Las Vegas. He will then go to New York and perform on a cruise off the Florida coast. Then he comes to St. Louis.

Lewis says he has fond memories of playing the Chase Hotel in St. Louis back in the 50's and 60's when it was owned by Harold Koplar.

Clips from Lewis' comedy classics films will be shown at his live show. He'll tell jokes and take questions from the audience.

"When I finish my show I usually tell the audience its been such a pleasure to perform for you again. If you don't understand what that means, let me remind you, that when you were 10, 11 and 12 you saw me perform at that time. I've been up in your head for 35 years." said Jerry Lewis.

Jerry Lewis performs at the Family Arena in St. Charles November 12th.