Professor Irwin Corey, as I noted five years ago, is an in-law of an in-law of mine, who I’ve met on a few occasions. My maternal grandmother Gert, whose brother Ernie had married Charlotte, whose sister Fran had married Irwin, was SO excited when Irwin would show up on the talk shows hosted by Mike Douglas, Merv Griffin, and others. Not sure she understood what he was saying, and I’m fairly positive I didn’t always. But her attraction to this tenuous connection to celebrity was very strong. So we’d always watch when we read in the TV Guide, “Irwin’s going to be on!”
And I guess I’ve become my grandmother, keeping track of Irwin sightings:
Before I began blogging myself, I was reading the now frozen-in-time blog of my friend Fred Hembeck, who has a picture of him with some other creative folks. (2004)
Mark Evanier wishes him a happy 90th. (2004)
Evanier links to Irwin speaking at the Bowery Poetry Club in New York party in 2007 to commemorate the birth and life of Lord Buckley (1906-1960). Some content on the coarse side, and, unsurprisingly, unkind about George W. Bush. (Posted 2008)
An appreciation by Frozen Justice who makes an interesting connection to Sarah Palin (2009). Has a link to the Smothers Brothers show (c. 1966), which I almost certainly watched.
Professor Irwin Corey screwed up the Soupy Sales funeral! Which I can totally believe. And it wasn’t out of disrespect for Soupy. “[He] had to be removed from the podium after his eulogy turned into a diatribe about health-care reform…” (Althouse, 2009)
Evanier links to a 2010 interview on a cable access show.
Irwin regularly panhandles on the streets of NYC, not for himself, but for a cause. (New York Times, 2011)
Happy Birthday to the World’s Weirdest Comic: Professor Irwin Corey, the Gibberish Maven. (Huffington Post, 2012)
An Interview with the Professor Irwin Corey. (CLASSIC TELEVISION SHOWBIZ– Kliph Nesteroff, 2013)
A story about Gilbert Gottfried, featuring Irwin. (Lowbrow Reader, 2014)
5 thoughts on “Irwin Corey is 100”
Thanks for your interesting post, Roger! it must have been exciting when you met him for the first time.
Yes, Professor Irwin Corey interesting!
LOVE that man. I went to the funeral link and also found out a rabbi revealed that his parents owned the only dry-goods store in town and sold SHEETS to the KKK! Holy s***. And I wrote in the Clan of the Klan today, too. How ironic.
Irwin Corey would only be on MSNBC today. He was too smart for anyone else to understand his looniness, but we all loved him. Amy
Roger, I’m enjoying your blog. Were you at Irwin’s 100th birthday? Sorry I missed you there. I remember, as a kid, sitting in a restaurant with Irwin and Soupy Sales and being totally bored while they talked about the stock market. 🙂
No, I wasn’t, but would like to have been.