Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse: My Life in Comedy
From housewife to humorist, Phyllis Diller has been making millions laugh for five decades with her groundbreaking comedy. Now the laughter continues with her uproarious autobiography.
Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse recounts how, against all odds, Phyllis Diller became America's first successful and best-loved female stand-up comic. She began her professional career at a...more
Phyllis Diller is an incredibly funny and interesting lady and this is a warts-and-all memoir of her trials and tribulations -- she's not holding ANYTHING back. I admire that a great deal and I especially appreciate that she maintains her humor even now, despite the difficulties that she's been through. Being married to a schizophrenic alcoholic a ...more
I first heard of Phyllis Diller a few years ago when I stumbled across a radio show about her which featured lots of audio clips of her performances. I couldn't believe what I was hearing - they'd mostly been recorded in the 1950s and she was a housewife at the time yet she had such a mouth on her and spoke with such snarky scorn of her deadbeat husband Fang (whom the book reveals to be fiction ...more
Phyllis Diller was a comedian that I discovered while watching the Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts, and the minute I saw her, I knew I needed to know more.
This autobiography was extremely entertaining and surprisingly inspirational. She had some very dark spots in her life, but she used her comedy as therapy. She had such a positive outlook on everything and she was a walking example of self-fulfilling prophesy. She worked h ...more
It was interesting, sorta inspirational, mildly entertaining, but just not enough for me. This is only the third celebrity autobiography I've read/started to read and I don't think it's the genre for me because it relies so heavily on name-dropping which BORES THE SHIT OUT OF ME. I can handle it if it's someone I'm really interested in, but I gue ...more
p.s. Don't try and read the jokes inserted between paragraphs outloud. No one will get them. It's all in the delivery. They made me LOL as I read them in my head with her voice, but my husband didn't get them. (insert Phyllis' laughter here.)