American funnyman, Woody Allen, born Allan Stewart Konigsberg, began performing as a stand-up comic in the 1960’s, emphasizing monologues rather than traditional jokes. His career, spanning some six decades, earned him the Comedy Central ranking of fourth on a list of the 100 greatest stand-up comics. He began writing and directing films in the 1960’s, mostly slapstick in nature, and eventually Allen moved into writing and directing more dramatic films influenced by the artsy European films of the 1970’s. Known for starring in many his 40+ films, his most famous works include the movies Annie Hall, Manhattan, Hannah and Her Sisters and Midnight in Paris. He was described by critic Roger Ebert as “a treasure of the cinema“. His awards include four Academy Awards (he was nominated 23 times): three for Best Original Screenplay and one for Best Director for Annie Hall. He has more Academy Award screenwriting nominations than any other writer. A 2011 biography, Woody Allen: A Documentary, on the American Masters TV series, documented his brilliant life work and impact on pop culture. Enjoy today’s humor quotation by Woody Allen:

I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose.

~Woody Allen

 

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