Have You Heard the One…? The Phyllis Diller Gag File

Phyllis Diller Gag File

Note: This exhibition is now closed.

This exhibition brought to life one of America’s most iconic and influential comediennes. At the center of the display was the gag file, a steel cabinet with 48 file-drawers containing more than 50,000 jokes and gags typewritten on index cards by Diller during her career. It also included some of Diller’s most iconic costume pieces—an unkempt wig, wrist-length gloves, cloth-covered ankle boots and a bejeweled cigarette holder, all of which became synonymous with her comedic persona. As her career progressed, Diller also worked her jokes into various books, which reached an even wider audience.