The Hollywood Reporter reports:
Norm Crosby, the stand-up comedian who spent more than five decades amusing and bemusing audiences in nightclubs and on television as the “Master of the Malaprop,” has died. He was 93. Crosby died Saturday of heart failure at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.
The likable Boston native also appeared as a regular on Dean Martin’s celebrity roasts and NBC variety program and on scores of talk shows, and he co-hosted Jerry Lewis’ Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon for more than 25 years.
Crosby’s rapid-fire talent for misusing words landed him gigs as a pitchman for such national companies as Red Lobster (come on in and “create your own shrimp and seafood complications”) and Anheuser-Busch’s dreadful Natural Light beer (which he drank when he was “dehibernated”).
Comic great Norm Crosby, King of the Malapropism, or as he would have said, MARSHMALLOW PRISON, used to be on TV all the time. So many happy MAMORIES. I will fondly DISMEMBER him. RIP Norm Crosby pic.twitter.com/ElhYPfq28q
— Gilbert Gottfried (@RealGilbert) November 8, 2020
Norm Crosby, the stand-up comedian who spent more than five decades amusing and bemusing audiences in nightclubs and on television as the “Master of the Malaprop,” has died. He was 93. https://t.co/TvzXYv1JvN pic.twitter.com/WkB0sNfWUi
— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) November 8, 2020
“The Master of Malaprop,” Norm Crosby, died today at 93. One of his more memorable malapropisms: “Wilt Chamberlain is an insulation to young people all over the world. Wherever he appears, after every game the kids give him a standing ovulation.”
— Nate Jones (@natejones808) November 8, 2020