There was good news and blue news for Jerry Lewis on Friday. The comedian-fundraiser was named abbot of the Friars Club, taking over the leadership position vacant since Alan King’s death two years ago. And then its members delivered a four-letter, foul-mouthed welcome to their new leader at one of the club’s infamous annual roasts. “He’s been a great contributor to comedy, and I intend to rip him to shreds,” promised fellow comedian Robert Klein before the roast at the New York Hilton. Before the star-studded crowd headed into a hotel ballroom to skewer the 80-year-old Lewis, the veteran comic explained how he wound up as the honoree. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“Jerry Vale turned it down, and they already had `Jerry’ on the statue, and here I am,” said Lewis, at his third Friars’ roast. The position of Friars Club abbot has been held previously by Frank Sinatra, Milton Berle and Ed Sullivan. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!