Norm Crosby is a comedian sometimes associated with the Borscht Belt, but often seen on television in the 1970s. He is best known for his use of malapropisms, and is often called “The Master of Malaprop.”
Born in Boston, he was originally half of the nightclub comedy team of Ethan Eichrodt and Norm Crosby. The act was a big draw at Bally’s Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas. The duo enjoyed the height of its popularity in the early 1950s.
Crosby went solo as a stand-up comedian, adopting a friendly, blue-collar, guy-next-door attitude. He often opened for top Vegas entertainers like Tom Jones, and would comment on this in his act: “I can’t believe it, these ladies are flinging their panties at him on the stage. That’s dangerous. If you’ve ever been hit with a flying panty.!”
Norm Crosby refined his stand-up monologues by interpolating malapropisms, in the manner of movie comedian Leo Gorcey. This was immediately successful, and Crosby has since become identified with fractured English.