RUSH: I am so depressed today, I just can’t tell you. (interruption) Well, there is a lot wrong. I found out over the weekend that one of my all-time — this is such an unkind cut — I found out that one of my all-time favorite comedians is not just a leftist, he’s a communist.
Professor Irwin Corey. You remember Professor Irwin Corey? Professor Irwin Corey is 97 years old. He lives in Manhattan. He has a schtick now. He pretends to be homeless and he panhandles. He hits people up in their cars for donations for a children’s charity in Cuba. And the New York Post had a little story on this over the weekend, a picture of the guy.
The New York Times has done an expose of the guy. He lives in a three-and-a-half-million-dollar apartment. He’s not homeless, it’s just part of his schtick, but he’s a well-known anarchist, communist. There are pictures of him with Castro handing over money to this children’s charity there. Professor Irwin Corey is one of the reasons I used to stay up late as a kid to watch The Tonight Show. So I’m doing show prep yesterday, I read this, and it’s not just a leftist, that would be bad enough. He’s a full-fledged communist!
RUSH: Henry in Tucson. Welcome to the program.
CALLER: Mega dittos, mega dittos, Rush, from Tucson, Arizona.
RUSH: It’s great to have you on the program.
CALLER: Well, I wanted to tell you how disappointed and sad I am to learn about Professor Corey. I’m on my way to my gin game and of course one of our colorful players here I’ve been calling Irwin Corey for years. He always had the starry-eyed look, and it was just perfect and to hear his name and to find out he’s a communist is so disappointing I don’t know what to do.
RUSH: Okay. Let me understand something here. You are in Tucson where it is coming up on nine or ten o’clock, which is it?
CALLER: It’s coming up on noon now.
RUSH: And you’re heading in to your gin game?
CALLER: Oh, yeah, we have a regular gin game out at the club. We play a little golf and play gin, but we have a colorful character that I’ve been calling Irwin Corey for many, many years.
RUSH: This is what I need. What am I doing? At noon going to a gin game. Now, that’s living.
CALLER: (laughing) I’m a little older than you, Rush, getting my Social Security while it’s still there.
RUSH: Yeah, you got it made.
CALLER: Those were the days. We’ve been listening to you for years.
RUSH: You’ve got a guy playing in your game that reminds you of Irwin Corey.
CALLER: I remember he and his wife prepared a nice Thanksgiving meal during your dumpster dig days to take to a homeless shelter, went in to deliver the meal and came out and his car was gone. A lot of tragedy.
RUSH: (laughing) I shouldn’t laugh, but it’s funny. All right, look, Henry, I’m glad you called. I appreciate it. Thanks very much.