February 6, 1928
|Other names||The Crown Prince of Platform Humor|
|Occupation(s)||Comedian, actor, author, motivational speaker, humor historian|
|Known for||Performances in Nightclubs, Concerts, Cruise Ships, Conferences, Conventions, and as an Executive Coach|
Larry Wilde (born Herman Wildman 6 February 1928) is an American actor, comedian, motivational speaker, university instructor and publisher. He is best known as the author of 53 published books of humor.
Larry Wilde, born Herman Wildman, in Jersey City, New Jersey, was the fourth child of Jewish parents Gertrude and Selig Wildman. His siblings were Milton, Benjamin and Miriam. He chose Larry Wilde as a professional name when he began a career in show business.
Wilde attended Lincoln High School where he was active in numerous extracurricular activities, including sports editor of the school paper, the Drama Club, president of the Student Body and the swimming team where he became the Jersey City 100-yard Breaststroke Champion.
He was in the Second Marine Division from 1946 to 1948. While stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, he wrote, produced, directed and performed in camp stage shows doing comedy routines. Promoted to corporal, he became the first official Marine Corps "non-commissioned comedian".
He was the president of Poets, Essayists and Novelists (PEN) Los Angeles 1981–1983.
In 1976, he founded National Humor Month, celebrated annually in April. It is designed to heighten public awareness on how the joy and therapeutic value of laughter can improve health, boost morale, increase communication skills and enrich the quality of one's life. National Humor Month has been recognized by comedians and institutions across the US including The Huffington Post, Fox News (when the comedian Crystal Powell hosted citywide events in Houston), The Farmer's Almanac and USA Today. With book sales over 12 million copies, The New York Times has called him "America’s Best Selling Humorist".
Wilde's book Great Comedians Talk About Comedy contains inspirational interviews with seventeen great comedians of the 20th century, revealing their secrets on extracting laughter from audiences. The comedians interviewed are Woody Allen, Jack Benny, Milton Berle, Shelley Berman, Joey Bishop, George Burns, Johnny Carson, Maurice Chevalier, Phyllis Diller, Jimmy Durante, Dick Gregory, Bob Hope, George Jessel, Jerry Lewis, Jerry Seinfeld, Danny Thomas and Ed Wynn. The original tapes of these historical interviews are now part of The Larry Wilde Collection housed in the Library of Congress.
Wilde's book How The Great Comedy Writers Create Laughter is a collection of dialogues with the writers who originate comedy for the stage, television, motion pictures and print publications. They include Goodman Ace, Art Buchwald, Abe Burrows, Mel Brooks, Bill Dana, Selma Diamond, Jack Douglas, Norman Lear, Hal Kanter, Carl Reiner and Neil Simon.
- The Joker is Wilde Dot Records
- The Official Polish/Italian Comedy Album
|1958||U.S. Steel Hour||Mid-Summer||Song-and Dance Man|
|1966||Art Linkletter's Hollywood Talent Scouts||Himself|
|1968||The Donald O'Connor Show||Himself|
|1968||The Della Reese Show||Himself|
|1968||The Woody Woodbury Show||Episode dated 7 March 1968||Himself|
|1968-1969||The Mike Douglas Show||Several episodes||Himself|
|1969||The Merv Griffin Show||Himself|
|1970||The Barbara McNair Show||Episode dated 8 February 1970||Himself|
|1972||Adam-12||The Tip||Milton Waters|
|1972||Sanford and Son||Steinberg and Son||Saul Green|
|1973||Barnaby Jones||See Some Evil... Do Some Evil||Customer|
|1976||The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case||Third voice|
|1973-1976||Mary Tyler Moore||Emcee|
|1973||Lou's First Date||Master of Ceremonies|
|1974||Ted Baxter Meets Walter Cronkite||"Teddy" Presenter|
|1975||You Can't Lose 'em All||Master of Ceremonies|
|1976||Sue Ann Falls in Love||Master of Ceremonies|
|1976||Murray Can't Lose||Master of Ceremonies|
|1978||Rhoda||The Date in the Iron Mask||Emcee|
- The Official Polish/Italian Joke Book, Pinnacle, 1973
- The Official Jewish/Irish Joke Book, Pinnacle, 1974
- More The Official Polish/Italian Joke Book, Pinnacle, 1975
- The Official Black Folks/White Folks Joke Book, Pinnacle, 1975
- The Official Virgins/Sex Maniacs Joke Book, Pinnacle, 1975
- The Official Democrat/Republican Joke Book, Pinnacle, 1976
- The Official Religious/Not So Religious Joke Book, Pinnacle, 1976
- How the Great Comedy Writers Create Laughter, Nelson Hall, 1976
- The Official Golfers Joke Book, Pinnacle, 1977
- The Official Smart Kids/Dumb Parents Joke Book, Pinnacle, 1977
- Last Official Polish Joke Book, Pinnacle, 1977
- The Official Cat Lovers/Dog Lovers Joke Book, Pinnacle, 1978
- The Official Dirty Joke Book, Pinnacle, 1978
- The Last Official Italian Joke Book, Pinnacle, 1978
- The Complete Book of Ethnic Humor, Pinnacle, 1978
- More Official Jewish/Irish Joke Book, Pinnacle, 1979
- The Official Book of Sick Jokes, Pinnacle, 1979
- More Official Smart Kids/Dumb Parents Joke Book, Pinnacle, 1979
- Last Official Jewish Joke Book, Bantam, 1980
- More Official Democrat/Republican Joke Book, Pinnacle, 1980
- The Official Bedroom/Bathroom Joke Book, Pinnacle, 1980
- The Official Doctors Joke Book, Bantam, 1981
- More The Official Sex Maniacs Joke Book, Bantam, 1981
- The Official Lawyers Joke Book, Bantam, 1982
- Last Official Sex Maniacs Joke Book, Bantam, 1982
- Larry Wilde Book of Limericks, Bantam, 1982
- The Absolutely Last Official Polish Joke Book, Bantam, 1983
- The Last Official Smart Kids Joke Book, Bantam, 1983
- Last Official Irish Joke Book, Bantam, 1983
- The Official Politicians Joke Book, Bantam, 1984
- The Official Rednecks Joke Book, Bantam, 1984
- Absolutely Last Official Sex Maniacs Joke Book, Bantam, 1985
- The Official Book of John Jokes, Bantam, 1985
- The Official Sports Maniacs Joke Book, Bantam, 1985
- More The Official Doctors Joke Book, Bantam, 1986
- The Official Executives Joke Book, Bantam, 1986
- Ultimate Jewish Joke Book, Bantam, 1986
- The Ultimate Lawyers Joke Book, Bantam, 1987
- The Official WASP Joke Book, Bantam. 1988
- The Official All America Joke Book, Bantam, 1988
- The Larry Wilde Library of Laughter, Jester Press, 1988
- The Ultimate Sex Maniacs Joke Book, Bantam, 1989
- The Ultimate Book of Ethnic Humor, Bantam, 1989
- The Official Computer Freaks Joke Book (with Steve Wozniak), Bantam, 1989
- The Ultimate Pet Lovers Joke Book, Bantam, 1990
- The Merriest Book of Christmas Humor, Bantam, 1991
- The Official Locker Room Joke Book, Bantam, 1991
- The Official Golf Lovers Joke Book, Bantam, 1992
- The Dumb, Dumber, Dumbest Joke Book, Pinnacle, 1996
- You're Never Too Old To Laugh, Pinnacle, 1997
- When You’re Up to Your Eyeballs In Alligators, Jester Press, 2000 (revised 2006)
- Great Comedians Talk About Comedy, Citadel Press, 1968 (revised) Executive Books/Jester Press, 2000
- The Larry Wilde Treasury of Laughter, Jester Press, 2006
- "National Humor Month - April". 10 March 2015.
- "USA TODAY on Facebook". Facebook. Archived from the original on 2022-04-30.[user-generated source]
- U.S. Steel Hour episode Mid-Summer
- Art Linkletter's Hollywood Talent Scouts
- The Donald O'Connor Show
- The Woody Woodbury Show
- The Woody Woodbury Show episode dated 7 March 1968
- The Barbara McNair Show
- The Barbara McNair Show episode dated 8 February 1970
- Adam-12 episode "The Tip"
- Sanford and Son episode "Steinberg and Son"
- Barnaby Jones episode "See Some Evil... Do Some Evil"
- The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case
- The Mary Tyler Moore Show episode "Lou's First Date"
- The Mary Tyler Moore Show episode "Ted Baxter Meets Walter Cronkite"
- The Mary Tyler Moore Show episode "You Can't Lose 'em All"
- The Mary Tyler Moore Show episode "Sue Ann Falls in Love"
- The Mary Tyler Moore Show episode "Murray Can't Lose"
- Rhoda episode "The Date in the Iron Mask"