Professor Irwin Corey panhandles in NYC
”Professor” Irwin Corey was a staple guest on the talk show circuit back when men looked like Burt Reynolds, everybody smoked and drank sophisticated cocktails all day long, and your career options would dwindle if you went around looking like too much of a lefty—as was the case for Corey and like-minded colleagues like his friend, comedian Dick Gregory.
So what's the "World's Foremost Authority" up to these days? In this video, posted on the New York Times blog today, the 97 year-old comic can be seen pursuing his hobby of the last 17 years: collecting change from drivers in Manhatten which he then turns over to a medical charity working in Cuba.
Corey says he does it, “because I want to help people.”
Here’s a bonus video describing the time Corey accepted the 1974 National Book Award for Gravity’s Rainbow on behalf of Thomas Pynchon.