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 July 05, 2014
“I’m on a whiskey diet. I’ve lost three days already!”

"I’m on a whiskey diet. I’ve lost three days already!” is a joke that has been credited to British prop comedian and magician Tommy Cooper (1921-1984). “I’m on a whiskey diet. I’ve lost three days already” was credited to Cooper in print by at least 2001.

“I’ve been on a diet for two week and all I’ve lost is fourteen days” is a similar joke that was told by comedian Joe E. Lewis in 1957.


Wikipedia: Tommy Cooper
Thomas Frederick “Tommy” Cooper (19 March 1921 – 15 April 1984) was a British prop comedian and magician.

Cooper was a member of the Magic Circle, and respected by traditional magicians. He was famed for his red fez, and his appearance was large and lumbering, at 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m) and more than 15 stone (210 lb; 95 kg) in weight.

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I’m sick of it!
Lyn David Thomas
10/25/00
(...)
Welsh poet who lived two doors from my Gran.  Claimed to a friend to be on a whiskey diet - said it was going great, he had lost two weeks already.....

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Blade Runner
6/20/01
On Wed, 20 Jun 2001 07:57:50 +0100, Traci Good
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>please snd me some funnies to cheer me up!
Ok, you asked for it.  Mostly Tommy Cooper with a few of my own…
(...)
I’m on a whiskey diet. I’ve lost three days already.

Google Books
If Ignorance Is Bliss, Why Aren’t There More Happy People?:
Smart Quotes for Dumb Times

By John Lloyd and John Mitchinson
New York, NY: Harmony Books
2008
Pg. 339:
I’m on a whiskey diet. I’ve lost three days already!
TOMMY COOPER

Google Books
The Snark Handbook:
A Reference Guide to Verbal Sparring

By Lawrence Dorfman
New York, NY: Skyhorse Publishing
2009
Pg. 81:
I’m on a whiskey diet. I’ve lost three days already. —TOMMY COOPER

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I’m on a whiskey diet. I’ve lost three days already.
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10:05 PM - 5 Jul 2014

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Saturday, July 05, 2014 • Permalink