In S1E6, Lorelai makes a joke about her childhood friend Sissy talking to her stuffed animals, “and they answered her.” Our dear Emily Gilmore is appalled that Lorelai would say such a thing. She exclaims, “Everything’s a joke; everyone’s a punch line!” Lorelai apologizes, but Emily, still incensed, says, “My daughter, Henny Youngman.”
Henny Youngman was a comedian famous for his one-liners. His performances consisted of rapid-fire jokes and violin playing. His career began in the 1930’s and continued for most of the twentieth century.