Norm Crosby

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Norm Crosby
Norm Crosby 1965
Crosby in 1965
Born Norman Lawrence Crosby[1]
(1927-09-15) September 15, 1927 (age 87)
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Occupation Comedian
Agent Arlene Thornton and Associates
Spouse(s) Joan Crane Foley (1966-present; 2 children)

Norman Lawrence "Norm" Crosby (born September 15, 1927) is an American comedian sometimes associated with the Borscht Belt who often appeared on television in the 1970s. He is known for his use of malapropisms and is often called The Master of Malaprop. He was born in Boston.

Career[edit]

Crosby went solo as a standup comedian, adopting a friendly, blue collar, guy-next-door attitude in the 1950s. Norm Crosby refined his standup monologues by interpolating malapropisms. In 1968, he co-starred on The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show, an NBC-TV summer series.[2] In 1974, he co-hosted a Canadian variety television series, Everything Goes.[3] From 1978 to 1981, Crosby hosted the nationally syndicated series, The Comedy Shop, aka Norm Crosby's Comedy Shop.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Crosby became a commercial pitchman for Anheuser-Busch Natural Light beer.

From 1983 until the program's disassociation with Jerry Lewis, Norm Crosby co-hosted and contributed to the annual Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6560 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles.

Personal life[edit]

Crosby has been a Freemason since 1956, having served as Master of at least one lodge and participated in many charitable activities. As of September 2005, he was a member of Ionic Composite Lodge #520 in Los Angeles, California.[4][5]

Crosby is a native of the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts.[6] He is the son of Ann (née Lansky) and John Crosby.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.filmreference.com/film/1/Norm-Crosby.html
  2. ^ "Barbara Feldon Guest on Phyllis Diller Show". Schenectady Gazette. 1968-10-05. p. TV 8. Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
  3. ^ "From the Music Capitals of the World". Billboard. 1974-03-09. p. 54. Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
  4. ^ MSANA.com, October 2007, Masonic Service Association
  5. ^ Ionic Composite Lodge #520 Trestle Board
  6. ^ Vennochi, Joan (April 20, 1983). "Langone Announces Entry Into Boston's Mayoral Race". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 

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