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Comedian Phyllis Diller dies at 95

Posted by: 3AW Radio | 21 August, 2012 - 8:37 AM
Phyllis Diller

Pioneer stand-up comedian Phyllis Diller has died in Los Angeles, aged 95.

One of the first female stand-up comics, Diller went from being a housewife at 37 to a professional jokester after her husband lost his job.

3AW Entertainment reporter Pete Ford said Diller was one-of-a-kind:

"I've always loved Phyllis Diller.  She's a remarkable woman and a generous soul.  Incredibly funny and clever," Pete said.

PLAY: Pete Ford's tribute to Phyllis Diller

"There have been women in the past who were funny but there had never been a stand-up comedian.  She was dubbed the female Bob Hope."

Diller only stopped doing stand-up comedy five years ago on her 90th birthday.

"She knew in the back of her mind that she wasn't as sharp as she used to be to do a stand-up routine," Pete said.

Diller performed in Melbourne many times during her career and had thousands of fans in Australia.

Blog comments Your Say

  • I agree! Very funny lady. Some of today's female comedians should ditch their tiresome vulgar diatribes about bodily functions and watch (and learn) from one of the best!

    Max Tuesday 21 August, 2012 - 5:38 PM
  • The funniest female standup ever. And like all the true greats, she always got laughs without working blue.

    Give Fang heaps in Heaven, Phyllis!

    Robert Drossaert Tuesday 21 August, 2012 - 9:30 AM
  • Funny as!

    Faye Tuesday 21 August, 2012 - 9:04 AM

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