What happens when a famous baggy-pants comic from Brooklyn collides with a classical actress and health nut from Berkeley? Karen Lewis’s memoir, I Married a Munster, is the hilarious, colorful love story of her marriage to America’s Icon, Al Lewis, “Grandpa” in the famously long-lived sitcom, THE MUNSTERS.
Part Romantic Comedy and part Drama, Karen provides a rollicking yet intimate look at this outwardly mismatched - she’s from Berkeley/he’s from Brooklyn - couple’s search for connection and honesty. The author provides juicy inside peeks into Al’s theatrical past, acting on stage, in film and television performances, and similarly, the fabulous evening they spent having dinner with Fred Gwynne and his wife, when Grandpa and Herman Munster dish the dirt on Mockingbird Lane. Rich in theater anecdotes and stories from Al’s life, it’s wrapped in Karen’s Aha! Moments as the scope of their life together widens.
Al Lewis, the hilarious actor and performer, star of the popular TV sitcom, The Munsters, was also a political force to be reckoned with. Recruited by the Green Party, Al ran for Governor of New York, protested against the Rockefeller Drug Laws, and hosted a public affairs program on WBAI-NY. The couple’s broadcast, Al Lewis Live! reached thousands of listeners every week for over 13 years. Karen’s book reveals the master performer, political activist, humanist, and coyote trickster that lived inside this popular figure. What starts out as a love story quickly evolves into a tale of transformation.