Have You Heard the One about...? Phyllis Diller's Gag File

August 12, 2011 – October 30, 2011

National Museum of American History
14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

2nd Floor, East Wing, Albert Small Documents Gallery Floor Plan

This exhibition explores the genius of actress and stand-up comic Phyllis Diller. Her comedic persona -- complete with zany costumes and raucous laugh -- pushed the boundaries and traditional values of her 1950s audience and broke the gender barrier present in stand-up comedy at the time. She paved the way for future generations of female comics. Objects on view include Diller's 48-drawer steel filing cabinet containing more than 50,000 jokes and gags, wig, wrist-length gloves, ankle boots, and bejeweled cigarette holder.