The durable Corbett Monica worked the standup comedy circuit for over 40 years, opening for the likes of Frank Sinatra, Lena Horne, Sammy Davis Jr and Dean Martin. Born on Manhattan's Upper East Side, he relocated to St Louis, MO, when he was 13. Four years later, Monica took advantage of St Louis' numerous clubs and began his standup career. After a marriage and divorce that yielded a son and was a source of comedic material, Monica entered the US Army, honing his craft while entertaining at USO clubs. During one of these gigs, he met his second wife Helen Stover. Both former dance instructors, they were married for twenty years and had five children together. Keeping his act clean, Monica often joked of his wife's lack of proficiency in the kitchen, but as an accomplished cook, she took his unfounded barbs in stride and even their divorce was amicable.