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by Richard Buskin,Phyllis Diller

  • Author: Richard Buskin,Phyllis Diller
  • ISBN: 078627557X
  • ISBN13: 978-0786275571
  • ePub: 1509 kb | FB2: 1731 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Arts & Literature
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; 1 edition (May 17, 2005)
  • Pages: 387
  • Rating: 4.6/5
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Like a Lampshade In a Whorehouse: My Life In Comedy ePub download

You may like the book and you may not like the book but you will never forget about the lady that wrote the book, Phyllis Diller. I do recommend this book if you have a spot in your heart for Phyllis.

You may like the book and you may not like the book but you will never forget about the lady that wrote the book, Phyllis Diller. One person found this helpful. I send books to my mother who is an AVID reader. she is my mother and in her 80's. Well, Phyllis Diller was well-known to her, as she was so popular in the 60's and my mother really enjoyed reading about her life, both the good times, the bad times, and, of course, her humor.

Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse book. 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

Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse book. 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 age thirty-. 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 is Phyllis Diller’s own story about the struggle and the pain behind the comedy and the success: her Depression-era adolescence; her marriage to the chronically unemployed husband wh. .

Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse is Phyllis Diller’s own story about the struggle and the pain behind the comedy and the success: her Depression-era adolescence; her marriage to the chronically unemployed husband who inspired her most famous comic character, Fang; her desperate attempts to stave off poverty as a professional comic while raising five children; the disastrous club engagements that

I used to work as a lampshade in a whorehouse. Like Phyllis Diller, I read a most wonderful book "The Magic of Believing" by Claude Bristol when I was in my early 20's that did change my life, but not to the extent that she transformed herself because of that book.

I used to work as a lampshade in a whorehouse.

Her autobiography, Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse – My Life in Comedy, co-written with Richard Buskin, was published in 2006. In it Diller told of an unhappy childhood with undemonstrative, emotionally withholding parents, and an equally unhappy first marriage.

LIKE A LAMPSHADE IN A WHOREHOUSE My Life in Comedy. By Phyllis Diller with Richard Buskin. 266 pp. Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin. PHYLLIS DILLER was first thought to be a tumor. Upon discovering that the mass in her mother's uterus was a fetus, the doctor declared her an "ugly-looking little thing!". Her father said, "Leave it in," and on July 17, 1917, she was born at home on newspapers. Growing up, she never got hugs or kisses from her parents, who were so old that her memories of family life are attending aunts' and uncles' funerals

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NPR coverage of Like A Lampshade In A Whorehouse: My Life In Comedy by Phyllis Diller and Richard Buskin. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more. Independent Booksellers. The stand-up comedian discusses her decision to start a professional career in her late thirties, her two difficult marriages, her extensive cosmetic surgery, and her numerous film, television, and stage performances. Read an excerpt of this book.

From housewife to humorist, Diller has been making millions laugh for five decades with her groundbreaking comedy. 12 people like this topic.

Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse is Phyllis Diller’s own story about the . Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse - Phyllis Diller.

Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse - Phyllis Diller.

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

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 age thirty-seven, in spite of the fact that she was a housewife and mother of five, and was working at a radio station because of her husband’s chronic unemployment

From housewife to humorist, Phyllis Diller has been making millions laugh for five decades with her groundbreaking comedy. Boasting unique material, a raucous laugh, wild hair, the trademark cigarette holder, and garish clothes, she blazed a trail for comediennes during the fifties and sixties. She achieved this by poking fun at her own looks and frustrating life as a bored, ignored, and inept housewife - a routine that also served as a form of self-therapy in a life steeped in tragedy and turmoil.
Runehammer
Phyllis Diller opens up to a lot of her personal experiences, good and bad, using a very truthful tone. She has dotted her jokes in between the text, which brings a chuckle. It is not a hard book to read although for me, it seemed to stall from time to time, but is very much worth moving forward to the end. This book is a good reflection of the struggles, challenges, decisions and successes that come when one remains focused on their goal.
Arador
The brutally honest autobiography of the queen of the female standup comics. Diller recounts her story including her two disastrous marriages before finding the love of her life in her later years. Husband and hustler Sherwood Diller found success finally by talking his wife into taking her "life of the party" demeanor on the road as a stand-up. It worked for Phyllis who recounts her struggles in her stand-up career, the only notable female stand-up of her time. She stayed with Sherwood for many years while he lived it up as the real-life "Fang" (he wasn't Fang's inspiration she insists), long after she should have ditched him, and her second husband turned out to be a closeted gay. An often-absent parent of five kids, Diller's career hit the heights in the 1960's, she had her own short-run sitcom, became a Bob Hope favorite, played Hello Dolly, and along the way became a spokesperson for plastic surgery. She says plastic surgery was to improve what nature gave her, but interestingly had a realistic view of the process and called it quits after she accomplished what she wanted. Interspersed with jokes from her act, it is a moving story of a remarkable person and you are pulling for her throughout.
Ausstan
Oh Phyllis Diller, what a life, what a commedian.

"I love my job, of course this isn't it!"

This book goes to the beginning of her life, talks about home life and moves on to how she got into show business.

"Why do I call him FANG? What do you call a man that has one tooth that is 2 inches long!"

She talks about the ups and downs, the people she met, who took advantage of her, who helped her and just talks about how it all happened.

"I do have this one small problem......Sometimes I want to just push them together and make one good one!"

I had followed Phyllis from the time she was on her first show with Groucho Marx until her death. She talks about EVERYTHING in her own style.
"The green cheese -- So I put it in the refrigerator, and forgot about it. Every now and then I'd open the door and throw it some food. And it was getting crosser and meaner!"

You may like the book and you may not like the book but you will never forget about the lady that wrote the book, Phyllis Diller.
I do recommend this book if you have a spot in your heart for Phyllis
X-MEN
This is an EXCELLENT book! I'm a huge fan of Phyllis Diller and her unprecedented style of stand-up comedy. I remember her many appearances on variety shows of the seventies.
This book takes the reader on a marvelous journey of the life of Phyllis Diller from her birth through her retirement and beyond. It is a well - written and highly recommended story.
MrDog
All done in a great mood and up-spirited fashion, Diller's autobiography covers a great deal of changes in her own life - but also cultural and historical changes in the world she found herself living and performing in.

Some reviewers have pointed to the fact that Diller never really gets down into the nitty gritty - she never dishes the deepest or possibly most insightful dirt on herself or those in her life (private or public). She gets and occasional dig in - but the book itself seems to stay on the high road. Her tone indicates - she's a grand dame who has survived some bizarre obstacles in life and now in her later years find herself in a very good place.

And I respect her decision to just keep it clean and enjoyable.

It's a smooth read - interspersed with samplings of some of her favorite work over the years.

For example: "What is the difference between and oral and a rectal thermometer?" [A: see review title]

I am passing this on to a friend immediately who could use a smile (and occasional belly laugh).
Mash
Good book. Wish she went more in detail about her career. Lots of time talking about her husbands and domestic life. Would loved if she went in depth more about her relationships in show business, the Dean Martin roasts, etc. Instead, they were mentioned in passing paragraphs. But overall, good book.
HeonIc
I have always like Phyllis Diller but I never knew much about her background. It was very interesting to read about her life and there are so many things I never knew about her that are fascinating. I had no idea she was an accomplished pianist and performed solo with orchestras around the USA...and she plays a mean saxophone too. She had to overcome so much to achieve the level of fame she reached in her lifetime...she worked hard and I am happy she lived a long life and was able to enjoy the fruits of her labor.
Actually, this is a hilarious book -- in typical Phyllis Diller fashion, it is very candid and names names and pulls no punches.
I really do recommend it - just like a lot of groundbreaking and outspoken female comediennes, for instance the late Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller is so brutally honest and has a wonderful, scatological sense of humor that makes for a wonderfully entertaining read.
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