The episode: “The Rebel Set,” ep. 419
The riff: Attributed by Tom to a crazy old artist-type with an eyepatch who is up on stage, reading some kind of bizarre, Beat Generation poetry.
The explanation: Irwin Corey is a stand-up comedian and entertainer who was known for his unscripted and improvisational comic style. He developed a sort of absentminded professor character who was often billed as “The World’s Foremost Authority,” although it was left out what exactly he was supposed to be an authority on. As a comedian, Corey was apparently a big influence on Lenny Bruce.
Novelty factor: I must admit I’ve never even heard the name before. But I will say, Corey was one weird-looking dude.