About the Author - Henny Youngman

Henry "Henny" Youngman (16 March 1906 – 24 February 1998) was an American comedian and musician famous for his mastery of the "one-liner", his best known one-liner undoubtedly being "Take my wife... please". In a time when many comedians told elaborate anecdotes, Youngman's routine consisted of telling simple one-liner jokes, occasionally with interludes of violin playing. These depicted simple, cartoon-like situations, eliminating lengthy build-ups and going straight to the punch line. Known as...

Henry "Henny" Youngman (16 March 1906 – 24 February 1998) was an American comedian and musician famous for his mastery of the "one-liner", his best known one-liner undoubtedly being "Take my wife... please". In a time when many comedians told elaborate anecdotes, Youngman's routine consisted of telling simple one-liner jokes, occasionally with interludes of violin playing. These depicted simple, cartoon-like situations, eliminating lengthy build-ups and going straight to the punch line. Known as "the King of the One-Liners", a title conferred to him by columnist Walter Winchell, a stage performance by Youngman lasted only 15 to 20 minutes but contained dozens of jokes in rapid succession.

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