Henry "Henny" Youngman (original Yiddish surname Yungman; 16 March 1906 – 24 February 1998) was a British-born American comedian and violinist famous for "one-liners" - short, simple jokes delivered rapid-fire. His best known one-liner was "Take my wife ... please."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. These depicted simple, cartoon-like situations, eliminating lengthy build-ups and going straight to the punch line. He was known as the King of the One Liners, a title given him by columnist Walter Winchell. A stage performance by Youngman lasted only fifteen to twenty minutes, but it contained dozens of jokes, delivered one right after the other.