Henny Youngman
  1. When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading.
  2. My grandmother is eighty and still doesn't need glasses. Drinks right out of the bottle.

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Born: 1906-03-16 in Liverpool, England
Died: February 24, 1998 in Manhattan, New York
Henry "Henny" Youngman (March 16, 1906 – February 24, 1998) was a British-born comedian and violinist famous for "one-liners", short, simple jokes usually delivered rapid-fire. His best known (and oft misattributed) one-liner was "Take my wife—please". In a time when many comedians told elaborate anecdotes, Youngman’s comedy routine consisted of telling simple one-liner jokes, occasionally with interludes of violin playing. These gags depicted simple, cartoon-like situations, eliminating lengthy build-ups and going straight to the punch line. He was known as the King of the One Liners, a title bestowed upon him by columnist Walter Winchell. A typical stage performance by Youngman lasted only fifteen to twenty minutes, but contained dozens of jokes, spouted in rapid-fire fashion.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henny_Youngman retrieved on 2010-10-07 22:16:41.

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