Take My Wife, Please: Henny Youngmans Giant Book of Jokes by Henny YoungmanIt is said of the late Henny Youngman that he could make the Sphinx crack a smile. For seventy years he tossed off one-liners that astonished and provoked and sent waves of laughter through his audiences all over the country. Here, in Take My Wife, Please!, Hennys enduring vaudeville, radio, and television routines are collected in one volume from his three previous books: How Do You Like Me So Far?, 400 Traveling Salesmen Jokes, and Bar Jokes, Bar Tricks and Bar Gags.Henny Youngman was called the King of the One-Liners for good reason. This collection shows why.
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No list of jokes can be complete without this one. Although it no longer makes me laugh, this joke has been with me all my life. So the humor is borne out of that juxtaposition of what we were anticipating and what we actually got. Absurdity in a nutshell. Four words. Just four words.
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. A stage performance by Youngman lasted only 15 to 20 minutes but contained dozens of jokes in rapid-fire succession. Youngman was born to a Jewish  family in London , England. He grew up in New York City, and began as a comedian after he had worked for years at a print shop, where he wrote "comedy cards" containing one-line gags. The comedy cards were discovered by up-and-coming comedian Milton Berle , who encouraged Youngman and formed a close friendship with him. Berle said about him, "The only thing funnier than Henny's jokes is his violin playing.
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Henny Youngman Stand Up 1969
NEW YORK -- A plea for an usher to seat a comedian's bride minutes before a radio broadcast 50 years ago started a one-liner institution when Henny Youngman asked, 'Take my wife, please? Youngman claims never to write jokes, only to buy them, but when his wife showed up with eight friends 10 minutes before a CBS radio 'Kate Smith Show' in on which he regularly appeared his most famous line of all was born. The 50th anniversary of the joke was marked at Bruce Ho's midtown restaurant by a gathering of comics and a cake topped with a candle for every year the line has been bandied about. Youngman, 84, sat at the head of the table, a pink napkin tucked into the collar of his shirt, his coffee, scrambled eggs and French fries getting cold. On his left was Professor Irwin Corey -- 'the world's most foremost authority' -- and his wife, Frances.
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