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GENE PERRET - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 11/04/1994 - HFSID 270487

Bob Hope's comedy writer reminds Phyllis Diller of his favorite jokes by her Typed Letter signed: "Gene Perret", 1 page, 8½x11. San Marino, California, 1994 November 14.

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GENE PERRET
Bob Hope's comedy writer reminds Phyllis Diller of his favorite jokes by her
Typed Letter signed: "Gene Perret", 1 page, 8½x11. San Marino, California, 1994 November 14. On personal letterhead to Jeanne De Vivier Brown, Sherman Oaks, California, regarding actress/comedienne Phyllis Diller. In full: "To All Assembled: Whenever someone comes up to me and says, 'What's the funniest line you've ever written?', I always quote a Phyllis Diller joke both times. Phyllis had to open in Las Vegas wearing a cast. She wanted to do a joke about the cast and dismiss it, so it wouldn't be a distraction throughout her act. She opened by saying, 'Ladies and gentlemen, I'd like to explain this cast and also make a public service announcement. If there are any people in the audience who have just bought the new book, The Joy of Sex? ... there's a misprint on page 205." Phyllis was responsible for what I am today - freezing my behind off in Saskatoon, Saskatchwan while you're having a warm, wonderful party in Southern California. Advice Phyllis gave me as a beginning writer still serves me well today. She said, 'If it ain't funny, honey, don't send it to me.' Phyllis is generous and caring, but when she's working, when she's onstage, she's funny. And we all love her for it. With Much Love". Gene Perret was the head comedy writer for Bob Hope, had a longstanding friendship with Phyllis Diller, who appeared in three of Hope's films and 23 of his comedy specials. Perret, also a screenwriter for TV sitcoms, wrote Successful Standup Comedy (1994). Lightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.

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