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Henny Youngman

Henny Youngman
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NameHenny Youngman
Birth dateMarch 16, 1906
Birth placeLiverpool, England
Death dateFebruary 24, 1998(age 91)
Death placeManhattan, New York
NationalityBritish-born American
InfluencedLarry the Cable Guy, Mitch Hedberg
SpouseSadie Cohen

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Henry "Henny" Youngman (originally German surname Junggman) (March 16, 1906 February 24, 1998) was a British-born American comedian and violinist famous for "one-liners", short, simple jokes usually delivered rapid-fire. His best known 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, delivered in rapid-fire fashion.

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