Norm Crosby Dead: the comedian was 93 years old


Norm Crosby, the comedian of the Borscht belt, known for his frequent malapropisms, died on Saturday in Los Angeles. He was 93 years old.His wife told The Hollywood Reporter that he died of heart failure. Crosby was a frequent guest on talk shows, first appearing on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” in 1964 and being a guest over 50 times.

His specialty was malaprops – words that sound correct but are completely wrong.

“He could describe a controversial major league ball club as ‘riddled with distinction.’ When he goes to a tailor, it’s because his pants need “a fight”. When people can’t read or write, you have a problem with “illegitimacy,” ”the Los Angeles Times wrote of it.

His many other talk show appearances include “The Ed Sullivan Show”, “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show” and “Late Night With Conan O’Brien”. A guest in several series, her appearances have included “Roseanne”, “The Love Boat”, “LA Law” and “The Larry Sanders Show”.

Most recently, he worked with Adam Sandler, appearing in “Grownups 2” as a Kmart employee and provided a voice for the Hanukah film “8 Crazy Nights”.

He was a part of the Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts in the 1970s and early 80s, including George Burns and Redd Foxx. Crosby co-starred on “The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show” in 1968, and hosted a syndicated series “The Comedy Shop” from 1978 to 1981, featuring high profile and veteran comedians.

Born in Boston, he started stand-up on the Bortsch Belt circuit in the 1950s.

He has appeared in commercials for Anheuser-Busch Natural Light beer and has appeared on television games including “Liar’s Club” and “Hollywood Squares”.

For many years, he co-hosted the annual Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon.

He is survived by his wife Joan, two sons and two grandchildren.


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