Legendary slapstick comic Soupy Sales died yesterday at the age of 83. His manager and friend Dave Usher says Sales passed away at Calvary Hospice in the Bronx, N.Y., where he was admitted last week. He had been battling health problems for the past several years.
Sales (born Milton Supman) was the star of “The Soupy Sales Show,” he performed live on television for 13 years in Detroit, Los Angeles and New York before the program went into syndication in the United States and abroad. They all followed similar formats: slapstick comedy, awful punning, and banter with shaggy puppets like White Fang and Black Tooth. Soupy Sales’ trademark move on all of his shows became tossed custard pies to the face — a career total of 20,000, according to Sales’ calculations.
He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Trudy Carson Sales; two sons from a previous marriage; a brother; and four grandchildren.