One Liner Wednesday-Funny Lady

“A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.”–Phyllis Diller

Early in her career Phyllis Diller did stand up comedy in San Francisco at a club called The Purple Onion in 1955. I never saw her there. I would have been too young at that time. I did go to The Purple Onion on a prom date several years later.

Phyllis Diller was one of the first female stand up comedians. She always made me laugh. Especially when she did skits that included her husband Fang.

 

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7 thoughts on “One Liner Wednesday-Funny Lady

    1. Deborah Drucker Post author

      She had her own show as well. I was looking for video on You Tube and there was not that much that I could find that I liked. I was thinking that in her time people did not video performers as much. I know that later women comedians were inspired by her because she was one of the first ones.

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  1. Audrey Meltzer

    A couple of nights ago, here in Melbourne, one of the television channels ran their program, “Bio” and featured Phyllis Diller. She was born in Lima, Ohio, to an older couple and, as a young girl, naughtily got behind the wheel of the family car and smashed into something…breaking her nose. It was never properly fixed, and she grew up feeling self conscious and ugly. As the wife of a man who couldn’t make a living and the mother of five children, with encouragement she eventually bravely turned to comedy as a means to feed the family. A very rough road for her for a number of years. The rest, of course, is history! By all accounts, a good and nice lady…and very funny, as most of us might agree.

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    1. Deborah Drucker Post author

      Thanks for sharing some more history about Phyllis. She had to have a lot of courage to get out there on stage in a difficult environment as a stand up comedian. I thought there were problems with “Fang” but I was not aware of the information about her being the support of her family.

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