Remembering Eccentric Comedian Phyllis Diller

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Phyllis Diller’s stand up was a staple of nightclubs and television during the 1950s and early 1960s, a time when female comics were extremely rare. She passed away yesterday in her home in Los Angeles, at the age of 95.

In adjective-packed obits, journalists described her as “sassy,” “outlandish,” and “tart-tongued.” Diller’s image certainly contrasted with other female television stars of her generation. Wearing lavish costumes of her own design, she belted out jokes punctuated by her own cackles.

Emily Remsthe managing editor of Bust Magazine, remembers Diller.


Emily Rems

Produced by:

John Light

Comments [1]

Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

I loved The Muppets reference...She was a walking, talking original Muppet with her colorful outfits that flowed in every direction, and her herky jerky funny mannerisms.

Once you make the commitment to self deprecating humor, you then have freedom to complain about the rest of society.Diller could talk about anything and people would listen...

Aug. 21 2012 08:54 AM

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