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.
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.