A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from October 14, 2012
“Best way to get rid of kitchen odors: Eat out”

"Best way to get rid of kitchen odors: Eat out” is a joke from comedienne Phyllis Diller (1917-2012), who often joked about her poor cooking skills. The joke has been cited in print since at least 2002 (when Diller announced her retirement), but probably was part of her comedy routine for many years.


Wikipedia: Phyllis Diller
Phyllis Diller (July 17, 1917 – August 20, 2012) was an American actress and comedienne. She created a stage persona of a wild-haired and eccentrically dressed housewife who made self-deprecating jokes about her age and appearance, her terrible cooking, and a husband named “Fang”, while pretending to smoke from a long cigarette holder.

4 May 2002, Lawrence (KS) Journal-World, “No joke: Phyllis Diller retiring” by Bob Thomas (AP), pg. 2A, col. 4:
“Best way to get rid of kitchen odors: Eat out.”

5 May 2002, Deseret News (Salt Lake City, UT), “A sampling of real Dillers from comedian”:
“Best way to get rid of kitchen odors: Eat out.”

Google Groups: alt.quotations
Phyllis Diller
Grace McGarvie
5/6/02
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Best way to get rid of kitchen odors: Eat out.  Phyllis Diller

Google Books
Go Organize:
Conquer Clutter in 3 Simple Steps

By Marilyn Bohn
Cincinnati, OH: Betterway Home Books
2009
Pg. ?:
“Best way to get rid of kitchen odors: Eat out.” — PHYLLIS DILLER

Google Books
The Complete Guide to Eco-Friendly House Cleaning:
Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply

By Anne Kocsis
Ocala, FL: Atlantic Publishing Group
2010
Pg. 151:
“The best way to get rid of kitchen odors: Eat out.” — Phyllis Diller, American comedienne

Google Books
A Year of Living Sinfully:
A Self-Serving Guide to Doing Whatever the Hell You Want

By Eric Grzymkowski
Avon. MA; Adams Media
2012
Pg. 405:
Best way to get rid of kitchen odors: eat out. —PHYLLIS DILLER

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