Borscht Belt comedian who married Lucille Ball and became her warm-up comic on The Lucy Show. He executive produced her shows Here's Lucy and Life With Lucy.
Although never as popular as other Borscht Belt comedians, he nevertheless had a loyal following among them, and made a living as a warm-up act.
He met Lucy, 13 years his senior, in 1960, before she was about to open a play on Broadway; having not seen an episode of her famous show, he did not know the magnitude of her fame.
Lucy was his second of three wives; his first, before her, was Susan Morrow, reputed misstress of JFK.
He parodied comedian Milton Berle in the 1974 film Lenny, which was one of his few film roles.