Asked to weigh in on the Syrian refugee crisis, Mr. Lewis said bluntly: "Refugees should stay where the hell they are."
"For more than seven decades, I've been dedicated to making people laugh. If I get more than three people in a room, I do a number," Mr. Lewis said in a statement. "Knowing that the Library of Congress was interested in acquiring my life's work was one of the biggest thrills of my life. It is comforting to know that this small piece of the world of comedy will be preserved and available to future generations."