A comedy club in Lima, Ohio, is raising money to launch a museum exhibit honoring trailblazing stand-up comic Phyllis Diller. Lima was Diller’s hometown.
Limaland Comedy is hosting the third annual Lima’s Funniest Lady Festival to help generate funds for a permanent exhibit focused on the legendary singer, dancer and actress at the Allen County Museum. The event will take place on July 16-19.
Gina Chiappazzi of Limaland Comedy describes the late Dillard as “an inspiration for women, because she broke into an industry that’s still male-dominated, and she was better than nearly all of them.”
The Allen County Museum already includes some Diller-related items, including one of her dresses and two paintings that she herself painted. But the museum’s director, Patricia Smith, is eager to expand the collection and to offer visitors a more elaborate exhibit. “Our goal is to get [Diller] a good, solid exhibit inside the museum that does her legacy justice,” explained Chiappazzi.
Aside from her stand-up, Diller is perhaps best known for her television appearances and film collaborations with Bob Hope in the ’60s, including the box-office hit “Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number!” Diller died in 2012 at the age of 95.
For more information on the Funniest Lady Festival, visit Limaland Comedy’s website here.