Phyllis Diller

In May 2014, some friends were hosting a small surprise birthday party for Ruta Lee in a Los Angeles restaurant. Ruta was
Hanson has noticed that when club owners like Al Martin go against the grain and add older comedians into their line-ups, the results pay off. These comedians are big crowdpleasers.
Joe Wong is Chinese, and came from Beijing to the U.S. as a student in 1994. He ultimately obtained a PhD in Molecular Biology from Rice University. In spite of this impressive accomplishment, he went into stand-up comedy, a decision I am sure thrilled his Chinese parents.
She always brought something positive to this party we call life, as a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, copywriter, stand-up comic, actress, pianist, painter, author -- and as my friend.
Snowbound in the Big Apple? Try a bite of your favorite Warren Beatty flicks. Get out your DVD collection or surf Netflix. Here are mine. Agree or disagree. What are yours?
What is starkly noticeable in the wake of Rivers' death is how much has changed for funny ladies since Rivers first walked onto the Tonight Show stage in 1965.
I have been a standup comedian since the fall of 1980. Back then, it was a novelty to be one. Hell, no one really understood what a standup comic was. And the only women hugely successful at that time were Phyllis Diller and Joan Rivers. My how times have changed.
We all love Thanksgiving, but it often takes a sense of humor to get through it. Take a look at some of our favorite jokes
"I managed to pull it off, but there are thousands of other people that haven't, and that's the tragedy. You try to follow a dream and it gradually pales and then you wake up and the rent is due and you don't have the funds to pay it."
These women, most of whom were focused on domestic responsibilities in their 20s, 30s (and, in one case until her 70s), decided
Phyllis Diller was "leaning in" before "leaning in" was cool. The next time you take a sip from something today -- and I don't care if it's wine, iced coffee or gazpacho -- drink to her.
PBS's "Pioneers of Television" paying tribute to some of the famous faces who helped shape TV into what we know and love
In 2012, we lost some of the best and brightest among us. A few notable figures passed away young. Last February, the world
As someone who has been writing about women and comedy forever, I am a hive of conflicting and buzzing feelings about a new book on the subject being published this week.
Look, the Internet obviously provides an opportunity to more directly build an audience. But at sites like Funny or Die or
There are certain Hollywood homes that belong in the Smithsonian. Count Phyllis Diller's among them -- at least her Wig Room
Real estate is the great equalizer. While celebrities may be able to saunter past the peons to the better restaurant table
Real estate is the great equalizer. While celebrities may be able to saunter past the peons to the better restaurant table