"A friend of mine, Richard Lewis, said, "You have monopolized the obvious" … and I thought that was a good way of describing my comedy. And I just got up there and did what I did on the street corner at 60th and Osage Street [in Philadelphia]: I just got up in front of Moe’s Candy Store with my friends … a car would go by, I’d make fun of the car, person, boom. …That all came from the street corner."
The Philadelphia native died Saturday at 78. He was best known for appearing on The Tonight Show over 150 times.