LOS ANGELES (AP) – Norm Crosby, the confusing English speaker who thrived in the 1960s, 70s and 80s as a comedian, television, nightclub and casino, is gone. He is 93 years old.
Crosby’s daughter-in-law, Maggie Crosby, told The New York Times that the comic died on Saturday of heart failure in Los Angeles.
From the very beginning, Crosby realized he needed a gimmick to set itself apart from the burgeoning generation of comedians, who were gaining fame on a variety of network TV shows.
“I was looking for new ideas, and I kept hearing people using the wrong word,”; he told an interviewer in 1989. “So I started to use it in the act of me. “
He called the famous children’s doctor Benjamin Spock “Dr. Ghostly. “With frank sincerity, he said people” should be indifferent to each other; they should have a relationship with each other. “Kids these days, he said,” have to cut that umbrella rope and separate it. “
Crosby’s first stable work in comic form came to Blinstrub’s in Boston, his hometown, leading to his participation in the early 1960s in the prestigious Latin Quarter in New York.
In his widely read press column, Walter Winchell gave the comedian a rage, and offers from Johnny Carson and other TV shows and club dates. the set. Crosby became a favorite at the major casinos in Las Vegas and Atlantic City and played in theaters at London’s Palladium, and concert halls. He is also a regular guest at Dean Martin’s famous barbecue parties.
Starting in 1978, he starred in a general television show, “Norm Crosby’s Comedy Shop.” For many years, he co-hosted Jerry Lewis on Labor Day weekend TV show about muscular dystrophy.
As a public performer, Crosby thrives despite having poor hearing. During World War II, he served on the Coast Guard’s submarine hunting ship, and shock from deep electric forces damaged his ears. He was wearing hearing aids on stage.
“I was never shy about losing my hearing, probably because I got it while on the military service,” he explained in a 1993 interview. “I received thousands of leaves. letters from people who said they would never get a hearing aid but changed their mind after they saw me open up about it. ”
Crosby is a longtime spokesperson for the Institute for Better Hearing and hosts an annual golf award for this goal. In 2009, he was one of several honored by the Starkey Listening Foundation, a fundraiser to distribute hearing aids to children in need.
Norman Lawrence Crosby was born in 1927 in Boston. “Like most comedians, I’m the funny kid in the family and in the neighborhood,” he explained in 1993. “I’ve always been told that I should entertain.”
War intervened, but after he was discharged from military service, he realized the practical value of a stable job rather than a program business and enrolled at Boston School of the Arts. He worked as a commercial artist and for some time ran a small advertising agency. But he still spends evenings and weekends hone his performance skills.
In October 2001, Crosby appeared at a Friars Club interest in honor of TV producer Aaron Spelling, who had suffered from cancer. Instead of the usual pun, the comedian made a parody of the Gettysburg address, in which he praised Spelling.
Crosby married Joan Crane Foley in 1966. They have two children.