The call came in. My agent said they needed me to be in the audience for a television show starring the old comedian, Henny Youngman. OMG! Ecstatic, I drove to the studio and waited. When he walked on stage, violin in hand, we rose to give him a standing ovation. He didn’t wait for a cue but got right to it firing his famous one liners surprising the young director. No rehearsal, no 5,4,3,2,1 count. Mr.Youngman had no time to waste. Thanks to Brainy Quotes on Google for the following:
He began with his most famous, “Take my wife. . .please.” We roared with laughter.
“If you come home to candlelight, soft music. . .you’re in the wrong house.”
“I’ve got all the money I’ll ever need, if I die by four o’clock.”
“I told the doctor I broke my leg in two places. He told me to stop going to those places.”
“When I read about the evils of drinking, I stopped reading.”
“My grandmother is eighty and still doesn’t need glasses. She drinks right out of the bottle.”
The point is the comedians from yesteryear didn’t use foul language to get a laugh. The foibles of life are funny enough without toilet humor. Henny Youngman, straight faced-a gifted violinist–punctuated his one liners with a flourish from his violin. If you were lucky, he played. Born in 1906, he died in 1991 and buried next to his wife, Sadie.
Thank you for joining in my trip down memory lane and a sweet time.