My favorite Paul Lynde anecdote:
In the early 1960s, Lynde was on trans-continental flight. A child was not being supervised by her parents & was running up & down the aisle making noise & annoying the other passengers.The child's mother obviously thought this behavior was precious. When Lynde could take no more of the child's shenanigans, he rose from his seat & approached the mother & stated: "Madam. if you don't control your child this instant, I will have to fuck her."
Paul Lynde was one of the first personalities that I identified as gay when I was a child. I thought his way with a salty one liner & his unique delivery was just too funny. I loved him in the film of Bye Bye Birdie, in a role he originated on Broadway. But it was, of course, the delicious & unbelievable gay double entendres from the center square on Hollywood Squares in the 1960s & early 1970s that made me a fan:
Peter Marshall: Paul, why do Hell's Angels wear leather?
Paul Lynde: Because chiffon wrinkles too easily.
Peter Marshall: What's the one thing you should never do in bed?
Paul Lynde: Point and laugh!
Peter Marshall: In "The Wizard Of Oz", the Tin Man wanted a heart, & the Lion wanted courage. What did the Straw Man want?
Paul Lynde: He wanted the Tin Man to notice him.
Peter Marshall: At a recent hearing, opponents of flourinated water claim that when it is in in a person's system it can cause an uncontrollable desire for sex.
Paul Lynde: HEY, CULLIGAN MAN!
Peter Marshall: Paul, any good sailor knows that when a man falls off a ship you yell 'Man overboard!' What should you shout if a woman falls overboard?
Paul Lynde: Full speed ahead!
Peter Marshall: What is said to be wasted on the young?
Paul Lynde: A whipping.