I met Phyllis Diller a couple times over the years. The last time was in 2006, when she had me laughing to the point of tears. Sharp, funny, her timing remained spot on even at the age of 89 then. (Related: Comedian Phyllis Diller Dies at Age 95.)
I had pitched an idea to CNBC called "The Laugher Curve."
My hope was to find offbeat celebrities and "grill" them, 20 questions style, about money and business. Questions like, "What was the worst business advice you ever got? How much money is in your wallet?" All asked as the subject sat under harsh interrogation lights with four different cameras.