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One night, the club's regular comedian didn't show up and the owner asked Youngman to fill in.
He first played in clubs and speakeasies, but his break came on the Kate Smith radio show in 1937.16 March 1906 – 24 February 1998) was an American comedian and violinist famous for his mastery of the "one-liner". These depicted simple, cartoon-like situations, eliminating lengthy build-ups and going straight to the punch line. In a time when many comedians told elaborate anecdotes, Youngman's routine consisted of telling simple one-liner jokes, occasionally with interludes of violin playing.He was known as "The King of the One Liners", a title conferred to him by columnist Walter Winchell.A stage performance by Youngman lasted only fifteen to twenty minutes but contained dozens of jokes in rapid-fire succession. His family moved to Brooklyn, New York, when he was a child.He grew up in New York City, and began as a comedian after he had worked for years at a print shop, where he wrote "comedy cards" containing one-line gags.
The comedy cards were discovered by up-and-coming comedian Milton Berle, who encouraged Youngman and formed a close friendship with him.
Berle said about him, "The only thing funnier than Henny's jokes is his violin playing." Encouraged by his family to study the violin, Youngman began in show business as a musician.
He led a small jazz band called the "Swanee Syncopaters", and during their performances he often told jokes.
Youngman's manager, Ted Collins, booked him on the show, and he made many appearances on the radio.
During the 1940s Youngman tried to work into films as an actor, but he found little work in Hollywood.
He returned to nightclubs and worked steadily, performing as many as 200 shows a year.