Lewis said in a statement that investigators are still working to determine the cause of the blaze.
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"But I was ecstatic," Lewis added more seriously during a recent interview. "Budd stands as the godfather of comedy. He really was that important of a figure. Everybody had to go through that club if they wanted to make it."
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