Norm Crosby, the comedian of Borscht Belt, who is known for his frequent disabilities, passed away on Saturday in Los Angeles. He is 93 years old.
He told Hollywood Reporter that he died of heart failure. Crosby is a frequent guest of the talkshow, first appearing on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” in 1964 and has more than 50 guest appearances.
His specialty is false statements – words that sound right but completely false.
“He could describe a football club in major leagues struggling with controversy as ‘full of segregation.’ When he goes to a tailor, it’s because his pants need ‘a change,’ When people can’t read or write, you̵7;re going to have a problem with ‘illegality.’ Times wrote about him.
His other talkshow appearances include “The Ed Sullivan Show”, “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show” and “Late Night With Conan O’Brien.” As a guest star in several series, his appearances include “Roseanne”, “The Love Boat”, “LA Law” and “The Larry Sanders Show”.
Recently, he worked with Adam Sandler, appeared on “Grownups 2” as a Kmart employee and voiced Hanukah “8 Crazy Nights”.
He was a fixture on Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts in the 1970s and early 80s, including George Burns and Redd Foxx. Crosby co-starred in “The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show” in 1968, and hosted a series of “The Comedy Shop” from 1978 to 1981, featuring veteran comedians and coming soon.
Born in Boston, he began working independently on the Borscht Belt in the 1950s.
He has appeared on ads for Anheuser-Busch Natural Light beer, and competed on games including “Liar’s Club” and “Hollywood Squares.”
For many years, he was a co-organizer of the annual Telethon Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day.
He is survived by his wife Joan, two sons and two grandchildren.