Jerker, or The Helping Hand: A Pornographic Elegy with Redeeming Social Value and a Hymn to the Queer Men of San Francisco in Twenty Telephone Calls, Many of Them Dirty (commonly known simply as Jerker) is a 1986 one-act play by Robert Chesley. The two-character play traces the relationship that develops between a disabled Vietnam veteran, J. R., and a businessman, Bert, two gay men in the beginning years of the AIDS epidemic in the early 1980s, when a diagnosis of AIDS meant an early death from complications of the disease. Although they "meet" only through a series of telephone calls, they grow from being phone sex buddies to caring friends. The play varies from the erotic to emotionally charged moments. "Jerker" can be seen as referring to masturbation and to "tear jerker". Chesley wrote the play because he believed it was "important to remove the stigma against sex that AIDS has created, and ... to remove the stigma against gay men". Jerker premiered at the Celebration Theatre on October 24, 1986, under the direction of Michael Kearns and starring David Stebbins and Joe Fraser. Jerker was also performed in London at the Gate Theatre (London) in 1987 under the direction of Stephen Daldry with Set Design by Ian MacNeil (scenic designer) and starring Stevan Rimkus and Anton Horowitz. Jerker has subsequently been considered "one of the most important pieces of gay theater ever created".
The upright jerker was an execution method and device intermittently used in the United States during the 19th and early 20th century. Intended to replace hangings, the upright jerker did not see widespread use.
Jerker Taudien (born ( 1982-05-13 ) 13 May 1982) is a Swedish male artistic gymnast, representing his nation at international competitions. He competed at world championships, including the 2003 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Anaheim, United States.
Jerker Mats Johansson (born May 19, 1956) is a Swedish investment banker and was the Chief Executive Officer of UBS Investment Bank and member of the Group Executive Board at UBS AG between February 13, 2008, and April 27, 2009.