49 Henny Youngman Quotes

But during the 1970s, Youngman’s style of humor was rediscovered and he was soon known as a comedian who would never turn down a gig. He appeared at sales meetings, trade shows, fraternal roasts, college campuses and even at an occasional bar mitzvah. He later launched a dial-a-joke hotline. Youngman was working as recently as last December, in San Francisco. Youngman’s jokes came from a now-passe world of comedy where the targets were wives and mothers-in-law and ethnic groups.


All my wife does is shop – once she was sick for a week, and three stores went under. When I told my doctor I couldn’t afford an operation, he offered to touch-up my X-rays. RNC speakers, including Kimberly Guilfoyle, portray California as a horror scene where leaders lock people in their homes and invite the MS-13 gang to live next door. His career lagged during the 1960s, when he was seen as hopelessly corny and his humor was regarded as paleolithic.

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He is interred in the Mount Carmel Cemetery, Glendale, New York next to his wife Sadie. When the New York Telephone Company started its Dial-a-Joke in 1974, over three million people called in one month to hear 30 seconds of Youngman’s material—the most ever for a comedian. Youngman was born to a Jewish family in London, England. His family moved to Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, New York, when he was a child.

When I Was Born I Was So Ugly The Doctor Slapped My Mother

He grew up in New York City, and began as a comedian after he had worked for years at a print shop, where he wrote “comedy cards” containing one-line gags. The comedy cards were discovered by up-and-coming comedian Milton Berle, who encouraged Youngman and formed a close friendship with him. Berle said about him, “The only thing funnier than Henny’s jokes is his violin playing.” My wife and I went back to the hotel where we spent our wedding night. Only this time, I stayed in the bathroom and cried.