Joey Adams, longtime Borscht Belt comedian, master of ceremonies and author, died Dec. 2 of heart failure at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York City. He was 88.

Adams headlined various Catskill’s resorts for years and was later a frequent guest on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and “The Jackie Gleason Show.” A contemporary of such stalwarts as Henny Youngman and George Burns he was married to New York Post gossip columnist Cindy Adams.

Born Joe Abromowitz in Brooklyn, Adams attended City College in New York City and made his show business debut in vaudeville at 19.Adams appeared in a handful of films including “Ringside” and “Singing in the Dark.”Later, as an established comic, he had a syndicated joke column in the New York Post that ran for over 20 years; he wrote numerous books including “From Gags to Riches” and “The Joey Adams Encyclopedia of Humor.”

Adams is survived by his wife.

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