A Mother’s Day Note from Classic Friars Club Roasts
Dear Comedy Lovers,
Happy Mother’s Day! Classic Friars Club Roasts holds mothers near and dear. There is an especially large place in our hearts for the fabulous female comedians who make us laugh; names like Carol Burnett, Moms Mabley, Gilda Radner, Lucille Ball, Kathy Griffin, Gracie Allen, Joan Rivers, Ellen DeGeneres, Lily Tomlin, Tina Fey, Wanda Sykes – and so many more – spring to mind. Female funny girls participated in our best comedy roasts of all time, but we think the “mother of all roast quippers” is Phyllis Diller.
Diller was so curious about what occurred at these roasts that she dressed as a man and snuck into the Sid Caesar event in 1983. She pulled it off and didn’t get busted until the end, admitting, “It was the funniest and dirtiest thing I’ve ever heard in my life.” The Friars got even by sponsoring her own celebrity roast in 1985.
Listen to our Phyllis Diller testimonial about celebrity roasts, and check out some of the trivia we’ve dug up about her life. Look for our special offer below – Mom will appreciate the gift of brilliant comedy sketches that make her laugh.
Phyllis Diller – The Mother of All Female Comedians
- She was born Phyllis Ada Driver on July 17, 1917 and died on August 20, 2012 at the age of 95 as a well-known and highly-respected entertainer. She had six kids, although one died as an infant, but finally decided to hit the comedy stage at the relatively late age of 37.
- Her humor was based on her exaggerated looks, hatred for housekeeping, and her fictional husband, Fang. She used her years of domestic “bliss” as fodder for comedy gold, and wound up holding her own with comedy legends like Bob Hope, Red Skelton, George Burns and Jack Benny.
- She would go out of her way to make fun of herself, even proclaiming, “My photographs don’t do me justice -they just look like me.”
- Over the decades she built an extensive resume of film, television, Broadway, game show, voice, and stand-up work. She had two brief stabs at TV fame in the 60s, but was more well-known for her daffy talk-show appearances.
- On the serious side, she studied at Chicago’s Sherwood Music Conservatory for three years, played harpsichord, and even appeared as a piano soloist with symphony orchestras across the U.S.
- She published an autobiography in 2005 – “Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse.” It includes a semi-nude picture taken after years of cosmetic procedures, that Diller thought should appear in Playboy to prove women can still be sexy in their 50s and 60s.
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Happy Mother’s Day from Friars Club Roasts!