A deadly serious and outrageously funny film, one that plumbs the darker "black" aspects of humor, with wonderful turns by Leslie Caron, Jerry Lewis and an army of very engaging vaudeville and circus style entertainers. Accounts vary about her last years. But if, in the end, it seems that Bill himself is the person who has most been taken advantage of, still, along the way, he has learned to steal, cheat and do considerable violence to others. Critic Stanley Kauffmann calls this hour-long sequence the most convincing dream sequence on film that he knows of. Well, yes, there is some evidence to suggest that this is true. She was diagnosed as manic-depressive though her mood swings could easily have been caused by substance abuse, this association was not widely appreciated in that era , and wound up in in a private mental hospital for the film industry, where she received 90 insulin coma treatments. Zach Grenier This is the opening monologue of the play, "Talk Radio", performed here by Zach Grenier who created the role in the original production of the play.