Henry "Henny" Youngman (original Yiddish surname Yungman; 16 March 1906 â€“ 24 February 1998) was a British-born American comedian and violinist...

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...

Youngman was born to a Jewish England. His family moved to Brooklyn, New York, when he was...

Encouraged by his family to study the violin, Youngman began in show business as a musician. He led a small jazz band called the "Swanee Syncopaters", and during their...

During the 1940s Youngman tried to work into films as an actor, but he he found little work in Hollywood. He...

Like many comedians, Henny Youngman treated his profession as a working job, one where it is difficult to...

He was quoted in an interview with the Web-based magazine Eye: "I get on the plane. I go and do the job, grab the money and I come home and I keep it clean. Those are my rules. Sinatra does the same thing, only he has a helicopter...

When the New York Telephone Company started its Dial-a-Joke line in 1974, over three million people...

Youngman never retired, and he performed his stage act in venues worldwide until his final days. As...

He would take his fiddle and go to some hotel that had banquet rooms. He'd consult the daily directory in the lobby and find a party—usually a Bar Mitzvah reception—and he would go up to...

I once observed Henny Youngman taping a TV show in the old NBC studios at the Merchandise Mart. We got into an elevator together. It stopped at the second floor, a private...

Youngman made numerous appearances on television, including a long-running stint on Rowan and Martin's...

He had a larger role as the strip club owner in Herschell Gordon Lewis's The Gore Gore Girls, He made a few recordings, most notably The Primitive Side of Henny Youngman, recorded...

Youngman's last movie appearance before his death was in the Daniel Robert Cohn film Eyes Beyond...

Youngman's wife, Sadie Cohen, was often the butt of his jokes ("My wife said to me, 'For our anniversary I want to go somewhere I've never been before.' I said, 'Try the kitchen!'", or "my wife's cooking is fit for a king. (gesturing as...

Henny explained the origin of his classic line "Take my wife, please" as a misinterpretation: in the...

Youngman had two children, son Gary and daughter Marilyn. Gary started his career screenwriting and directing, and thereafter continued to work in the film...

Henny had a grandson of note: Lawrence Michael Kelly. Kelly spent much of his youth with Henny on the road following the death of Larry's father at an early...

With the exception of a week following his wife's death, and the month he was in his final hospital stay, Henny was renowned for having worked almost...

Youngman developed pneumonia and died on 24 February 1998, at the age of 91. He is interred in the Mount Carmel Cemetery, Glendale, New...


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