September 13, 2013
“If we don’t change direction soon we will end up where we are going.”
Professor Irwin Corey (1914- )
A New York born comedian and actor, Corey is known as “The World’s Foremost Authority” for his ability to improvise impressively and at length on almost any topic while making little real sense but sounding completely plausible. Blacklisted in the 40’s and 50’s for his leftist politics, he nonetheless rebounded to appear numerous times on the Tonight Show. Author Thomas Pynchon, famously publicity-shy, tapped “The Professor” to stand in for him at the National Book Award ceremony for Gravity’s Rainbow. Lenny Bruce was a fervent fan of Professor Corey, calling him one of the most brilliant comedians of all time.