Birth Name: Rip Taylor
Birth Place: Washington D.C., USA
Born Charles Elmer Taylor, Jr. on Jan. 13, 1934 in Washington, D.C., Rip Taylor was the son of musician Charles Elmer Taylor, and his wife, Elizabeth, a waitress. After working as a congressional page in his teens, Taylor served in the United States Army before following his father into the entertainment business as a stand-up comic. While working his way from second-rate clubs and burlesque theaters, he discovered that the traditional comedy approach was not yielding much success. Taylor then hit upon the idea of a gimmick to set him apart from other jokesters, and developed a routine that would draw humor from a litany of complaints. He would punctuate each joke with an ear-splitting wail,...
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