Skip to comments.'Professor' Irwin Corey, renowned comic, is turning 100 and is zany as everq
Posted on 07/29/2014 10:03:31 AM PDT by Borges
Legendary comic Professor Irwin Corey is turning 100 on Tuesday.
And the zany nonagenarian already has a present in mind. I hope they give me an 18-year-old girl, Corey quipped. Speaking by phone from his Manhattan home, Corey tried to remember what else he wanted but he lost his train of thought.
At my age, he said finally, I forget what Im talking about in the middle of the word.
Corey is prepping for a birthday bash fit for a king of comedy. Dozens of friends and fans are expected to fete The Worlds Foremost Authority at The Actors Temple on W. 47th St. on Tuesday night.
A lot of people are going to be there, Corey said. And Sarges (Deli) is sending me some cheesecake, bagels, cheese and lox.
Thats not all.
The Friars Club is sending two cases of Coca-Cola. Known for his improvised and incomprehensible ramblings, Corey has performed at comedy clubs and concert halls from New York to Paris.
He has starred in Broadway plays and acted in films with Jackie Gleason, Woody Allen and Richard Pryor. Hes basically a living legend, said comedian Bob Greenberg.
Corey has drawn headlines in recent years for his penchant for panhandling along E. 35th St. Those days are no more, but even at the age of 99, Corey views the world as his stage. Unprompted, he started telling jokes to a Daily News reporter. A guy just got married and he says to his new wife, Tell me, love, am I the first one? Corey said. She says, Why does everybody ask that question? Asked how it feels to be nearing 100, Corey deadpanned: Im going to write a book The first 100 years are the hardest.
Funny guy and a tad looney.
Wow, I was just thinking about him a couple days ago......
I saw him at The Hungry I when I was in college. I’m amazed that he is still around.
Isn’t he a hard Lefty?
Believe it or not, I was just talking with someone about Prof. Corey this past weekend!
‘Professor’ Irwin Corey = Obama without a tele-prompter.
Remember him from Sullivan show mostly. And a bit part in the movie “Car Wash”.
Read somewhere he was a rabid Marxist.
Him and Castro are buddies.
Was, maybe still is a card carrying member of CPUSA.
“Isnt he a hard Lefty?”
He is a Communist, but I love his humor!
>>Professor Irwin Corey Accepts the National Book Award for Thomas Pynchon
Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York Thursday, April 18, 1974
Ralph Ellison: The jury has determined to divide the prize between two writers. To Thomas Pynchon, for GRAVITY’S RAINBOW which bridges the gap between two cultures and puts the world of manipulation and paranoia within the perspectives of history. To Isaac Bashevis Singer for A CROWN OF FEATHERS and a life-time of distinguished work revealing a skeptical, philosophical and mischievous obsession with human and demonic character. I present this not to Mr. Singer, but to Mr. Pynchon.
Professor Irwin Corey: However...I accept this financial stipulation - ah - stipend in behalf of Richard Python for the great contribution which to quote from some of the missiles which he has contributed...Today we must all be aware that protocol takes precedence over procedure. However you say - WHAT THE - what does this mean... in relation to the tabulation whereby we must once again realize that the great fiction story is now being rehearsed before our very eyes, in the Nixon administration...indicating that only an American writer can receive...the award for fiction, unlike Solzinitski whose fiction does not hold water. Comrades - friends, we are gathered here not only to accept in behalf of one recluse - one who has found that the world in itself which seems to be a time not of the toad - to quote Studs TurKAL. And many people ask “Who are Studs TurKAL?” It’s not “Who are Studs TurKAL?” it’s “Who AM Studs TurKAL?” This in itself as an edifice of the great glory that has gone beyond, and to intuitive feeling of the American people, based on the assumption that the intelligence not only as Mencken once said, “He who underestimates the American pubic - public, will not go broke.” This is merely a small indication of this vast throng gathered here to once again behold and to perceive that which has gone behind and to that which might go forward into the future...we’ve got to hurdle these obstacles. This is the MAIN deterrent upon which we have gathered our strength and all the others who say, “What the hell did that get?” - WE DON’T KNOW. We’ve got to perforce with all the loving boy... And as Miller once said in one of his great novels - what did the ... that language is only necessary when communication is endangered. And you sit there bewildered, and Pinter who went further said “It is not the lack of communication but fear of communication.” THAT’S WHAT THE GODDAMN THING IS that we fear - communication. Oh - fortunately the prize has only been given to authors - unlike the Academy Award which is given to a female and a male, indicating the derision of the human specie - God damn it! But we have no paranoia, and Mr. Pynchon has attained, and has created for himself serenity, and it is only the insanity that has kept him alive in his paranoia. We speak of the organ...of the orgasm...WHO THE HELL WROTE THIS? And the jury has determined to divide the prize between two writers - to Thomas Pynchon for his GRAVITY’S RAINBOW. Now GRAVITY’S RAINBOW is a token of this man’s genius...he told me so himself...that he could...in other words, have been more specific, but rather than to allude the mundane, he has come to the conclusion that brevity is the importance of our shallow existence. God damn. Ladies and Gentlemen. To the distinguished panel on the dais and to the other winners, for poetry and religion and science. The time will come when religion will outlive its usefulness. Marx, Groucho Marx, once said that religion is the opiate of the people. I say that when religion outlives its usefulness, then opium...will be human... All right...However, I want to thank Mr. Guinzburg, Tom Guinzburg of the Viking Press, who has made it possible for you people to be here this evening to enjoy the Friction Citation - the Fiction Citation. GRAVITY’S RAINBOW - a small contribution to a certain degree, since there are over three and a half billion people in the world today. 218 million of them live in the United States which is a very very small amount compared to those that are dying elsewhere...Well, I say that you will be on the road to new horizons, for we who live in a society where sex is a commodity and a politician can become a TV personality, it’s not easy to conform if you have any morality...I said that myself many years ago...But I do want to thank the bureau...I mean the committee, the organization for the $10,000 they’ve given out...tonight they made over $400,000 and I think that I have another appointment. I would like to stay here, but for the sake of brevity I must leave. I do want to thank you, I want to thank Studs TurKAL. I want to thank Mr. Knopf who just ran through the auditorium and I want to thank Breshnev, Kissinger - acting president of the Unites States - and also want to thank Truman Capote and thank you.<<
A proud Communist actually.
Marriage is like a bank account...
You put it in... You take it out... You lose interest..
- Prof Cory..
I am amazed that he's still round!
“Him and Castro are buddies.”
... except Castro probably thinks that Prof. Corey is erudite. Both of them are long & windy, so they probably “talk past each other” a lot.
Oh, yeah. He’s still obsessed with the Rosenbergs. You cannot have a conversation with him that doesn’t involve the Rosenbergs. I once asked him what Merv Griffin was like and he said “he was a fegale” (sic!) and went right back to talking about the Rosenbergs. This was about two years ago!
He’s also one cheap bastard. He carries his money around in a little plastic bag. But he is funny.
He is a 100% communist with a bust of Stalin in his apartment. A friend visited him there he loves communism.
That's interesting, a a bit pathetic, considering that the Rosenberg's younger son now admits his father, Julius, was guilty as charged.
Thanks for the post! It’s been a while since I’ve read about the Rosenberg children. Sad, pathetic legacy.