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 May 17, 2017
“I always wake up at the crack of ice”

New York-born comedian and singer Joe E, Lewis (1902-1971) was known for drinking and staying up late in night clubs. He was not known for getting up at the crack of dawn. Lewis was quoted in a March 1962 Associated Press story:

“I always wake up at the crack of ice.”

The Lewis joke has been included in several quotations collections.


Wikipedia: Joe E. Lewis
Joe E. Lewis (January 12, 1902 – June 4, 1971), born Joseph Klewan in New York City, was an American comedian and singer.

4 March 1962, The Nashville Tennessean (Nashville, TN), pg. 2-F, col. 1:
High Life of Joe E. Lewis
He’s Long Been a By-Word on Night Club Trail

By JAMES BACON
HOLLYWOOD (AP) --
(...) (Col. 3—ed.)
Joe E. rarely gets hangovers. Some argue tht is because he’s not sober long enough. Not true. He averages eight hours sleep a day.

“And I always wake up at the crack of ice.”

Google Books
1,911 Best Things Anybody Ever Said
By Robert Byrne
New York, NY: Fawcett Books
1988
Pg. 164:
I always wake up at the crack of ice. —Joe E. Lewis (1902–1971).

Google Books
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Bartending, 2nd Edition
By Amy Zavatto
New York, NY: Alpha Books
2010
Pg. ?:
I always wake up at the crack of ice. —Joe Lewis

Google Books
The Snark Bible:
A Reference Guide to Verbal Sparring, Comebacks, Irony, Insults, and SO Much More

By Lawrence Dorfman
New York, NY: Skyhorse Publishing
2014
Pg. ?:
I always wake up at the crack of ice. —JOE E. LEWIS

Google Books
One For My Baby:
A Sinatra Cocktail Companion

By Tom Smith
London, UK: Peter Owen Publishers
2015
Pg. ?:
Much of his humour relied on his apparent fondness for booze – ‘I always wake up at the crack of ice’ – but this was no affectation. He (Joe E. Lewis—ed.) was a deeply serious drinker.

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“I always wake up at the crack of ice.”
― Joe E. Lewis (born this day, January 12, 1902)
3:06 PM - 12 Jan 2017

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Wednesday, May 17, 2017 • Permalink