Henny Youngman: King of the One Liner

Did you know that Henny Youngman’s comedy career began while working in a NYC print Henny Youngmanshop? He wrote scores of “comedy cards”-cards that had one line gags printed on them.

Youngman is known best for telling a series of rapid one line jokes interspersed with his violin playing.

Here are a few of our favorites:

  • My wife dresses to kill. She cooks the same way.
  • You can’t buy love, but you can pay heavily for it.
  • You have a ready wit. Tell me when it’s ready.
  • Why do Jewish men die before their wives? They want to.
  • Those two are a fastidious couple. She’s fast and he’s hideous.
  • She’s a big-hearted girl with hips to match.
  • There was a girl knocking on my hotel room door all night! Finally, I let her out.
  • Just got back from a pleasure trip: I took my mother-in-law to the airport.
  • I take my wife everywhere, but she keeps finding her way back.
Thanks to Wikimedia for the picture of a young Henny Youngman!

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