Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 06/05/16

I wish my brother-in-law would learn a trade, so we’d know what kind of work he was out of.”   —   Henny Youngman

Dan Rowan and Dick Martin as caricatured for N...

Dan Rowan and Dick Martin as caricatured for NBC by Sam Berman (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(“Take my wife . . . please!”  The King of the One-Liners!  Henny was a very funny comedian and a tireless performer.  His career lasted well over 70 years!  One of the things that always cracked me up was simply his name.  Of course, Henny itself is pretty unusual, but it was his last name, Youngman, that always struck me funny.  He was already 51 years old, by the time I was born, and he was probably 62 before I really knew who he was.  My first recollection of him was, in all likelihood, from Rowan and Martin‘s Laugh-In.  I might have seen him on The Merv Griffin Show, or The Mike Douglas Show, before then, but definitely on Laugh-In!  So, to a 10 year old kid, how is this old geezer a young man???  But of course, now I’m well into my 50s, and I don’t consider myself an old man!  But, that just shows how perspectives tend to change.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

4 Responses to “Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 06/05/16”

  1. 1 Bunk Strutts June 5, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    Henny Youngman was a classic. I used to have a cassette tape of his routine. “The new Italian Navy has ships fitted with glass bottoms… so they can see the OLD Italian Navy.”

    The only comedian who came close in the one-liner department was Steven Wright: “I used to work in a fire hydrant factory. You couldn’t park any where near it.”

  2. 2 unclerave June 5, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    Great Youngman gag! Steven Wright’s deadpan monotone is pretty unbeatable, Bunk!

    — YUR

  3. 3 Bunk Strutts June 6, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    I take it back. Wright is funny as hell, but Rodney Dangerfield deserves more respect. “My dad gave me a dartboard – with automatic return.”

  4. 4 unclerave June 6, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    Rodney and Rickles are my all-time favorites, Bunk! — YUR

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