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The 10 funniest Phyllis Diller moments


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We’ve recently lost the mighty Phyllis Diller at the age of 95, whom many consider to be the first nationally famous female stand-up comedian, and who undoubtedly influenced generations of comics to come. Bob Hope loved her after seeing this 37-year-old wife and mother work San Francisco’s Purple Onion comedy club in the 1950s, complaining about her looks, her husband “Fang,” and her own domestic ineptitude in the heyday of the idealized homemaker. She became a mainstay on Hope’s television specials – not to mention Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show” as well. She was raucous, she was incisive, she was self-deprecating and always endearing. Here are 10 moments from her long and outstanding career.

“You Bet Your Life”

Phyllis Diller made her first ever television appearance on the legendary show hosted by the even-more-legendary Groucho Marx, whose compliments as to her comic abilities encouraged her to focus on making her stand-up comedy career successful.

Wardrobe Choices

As you saw from the previous clip, Diller’s look needed some adjustment. Since her material so often focused on mocking herself, her trademark look became a wilder and crazier outfit every time around the horn. In this case, we see she chose something specific to help emphasize her bird-leg routine.

“The Liberace Show”

Diller might’ve been the only person in the world who could give Liberace a run for his money as far as outlandish fashion statements go. Here’s a clip in where she actually gets into a piano duet with the pianist icon.

“Boy Did I Get a Wrong Number”

Bob Hope always liked Diller from the get-go, and he brought her into this 1966 film as his maid who gave him no end of guff, mocking his career and drinking all his hooch.

“The Pruitts of Southampton”

Diller had her own short-lived television shows as well – first in this sitcom about a wealthy family in a huge mansion who was secretly deep in debt. This one ran from 1966-67, and was eventually just retitled “The Phyllis Diller Show.” Here’s the original opening theme song complete with her trademark laugh, which just screams ‘classic.’

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

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Cancel it!

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Forgotten America

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Wedding Planners

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Disaster Hut

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Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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