Stand-up comedian Norm Crosby, who was nicknamed as The Master of Malaprop, passed away this morning at the age of 93, a source tells us.
Crosby first hit the stand-up scene back in the 1950’s, becoming a staple of the popular Borscht Belt, noted for his hilarious use of malapropisms and his overall inviting and friendly persona onstage. He soon became a popular name in the world of stand-up, in a career that spanned many decades and generations. Crosby started receiving national acclaim after his first appearance on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson in 1964, and wound up racking up over 50 appearances during Carson’s 30 year tenure as host.
Some of the other notable television shows that Crosby wound up appearing on includes Perry Como’s Kraft Music Hall, The Ed Sullivan Show, The Garry Moore Show, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, The Joey Bishop Show, Playboy After Dark, The Merv Griffin Show, Hollywood Squares, It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Love Boat, Larry Sanders, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, as well as being a frequent roaster on The Dean Martin Roasts. Crosby also co-starred on The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show, and also hosted the Canadian variety series Everything Goes. Younger audiences may also recognize Crosby from his work with Adam Sandler in the films 8 Crazy Nights and Grown Ups 2.
Check out some highlights from Norm Crosby’s career below.