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Jane and Michael SternLike so many comedians, Phyllis Diller found a way to turn anguish into jokes, and her autobiography, Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse, written with Richard Buskin, contains plenty of both. She married a ne'er-do-well from a family of losers, and although her husband was ''lousy at sex, the world's worst,'' they had six children (''I felt like a trampoline''). She does credit him with pushing her toward a career in show business, but only because he wanted her to be his cash cow. His meanness and stupidity were wellsprings of her humor when she started writing in the early 1950's; and while she denies he was ''Fang,'' the recurring rotten husband in her stand-up routine, it's impossible not to hear echoes of the marriage in such lines as, ''He once tried to run out on me, but the police arrested him for leaving the scene of an accident.''
— The New York Times