Phyllis Diller, recently retired from performing stand-up
comedy, took to the stage at the age of 37 as "the world's worst
housewife." She laughed at her own jokes in her trademark cackle,
and decked herself out in fright wigs and bizarre costumes. She was a
"chic chanteuse exuding bad taste," but she became the first
truly successful female stand-up star, making records, headlining top
clubs, and ultimately making movies and having her own sitcom. She even
appeared as a piano soloist with hundreds of symphony orchestras, working
under the name Dame Illya Dillya. Her successful comedic style, inspired
by people like Bob Hope, was an interesting combination of character comedy
and solid one-liners delievered with a deadpan glare.
Material excerpted from: Phyllis Diller Laughs
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