Joey Adams, 88, the comedian whose style typified old-time New York borscht belt humor, died Dec. 2 at a hospital in New York. A friend said the cause was heart failure.

The New York native was a longtime stand-up comic who had written dozens of joke books. A column of his jokes has been a daily staple in the New York Post for years, although some of the gags were said to have been lifted from comic Henny Youngman.

Along with Youngman and other such famous comedians as Jackie Mason, Mr. Adams worked summer resort hotels in upstate New York's Catskill Mountains -- the borscht belt circuit, so named for the mostly Jewish audiences that filled the resorts during their heyday in the 1950s and 1960s.

He appeared in movies and also was a familiar figure at New York City's Friars Club, known for its "roasts" of celebrities.

Mr. Adams and his wife, New York Post gossip columnist Cindy Adams, also became New York celebrities in their own right.

His 80th birthday party, thrown by his wife, made tabloid newspaper headlines.

Guests included hotel maven Leona Helmsley, who was later convicted of tax evasion; disgraced New York City Consumer Affairs Commissioner Bess Myerson; and former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos, who sang "Happy Birthday" to the guest of honor.

"If you're indicted, you're invited" was the party's unofficial, and much-quoted, theme.

Survivors include his wife.