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 September 01, 2014
“My wife made me join a bridge club—I jump off next Tuesday”

Self-deprecating comedian Rodney Dangerfield (1921-2004) supposedly got this put-down from his wife:

“My wife made me join a bridge club. I jump off next Tuesday.”

The joke has been cited in print since at least 1995 and has been included in many joke collections.


Wikipedia: Rodney Dangerfield
Rodney Dangerfield (born Jacob Rodney Cohen, November 22, 1921 – October 5, 2004) was an American comedian and actor, known for the catchphrase “I don’t get no respect!” and his monologues on that theme. He is also remembered for his 1980s film roles, especially in Easy Money, Caddyshack, and Back to School.

Google Groups: rec.humor
“I Don’t Get No Respect...”
J Frier
4/7/95
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My wife made me join a bridge club. I jump off next Tuesday.

Democratic Underground
Bluebear
Tue Oct-05-04 07:21 PM
Rodney Dangerfield dies
Edited on Tue Oct-05-04 07:32 PM by plastic_turkeys
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rodney Dangerfield , the goggle-eyed comic famed for his self-deprecating one-liners and signature phrase “I can’t get no respect,” died on Tuesday at age 82, his publicist said.
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My wife made me join a bridge club. I jump off next Tuesday.

Google Books
Man Walks into a Bar:
Over 6,000 of the Most Hilarious Jokes, Funniest Insults and Gut-Busting One-Liners

By Stephen Arnott and Mike Haskins
Berkeley, CA: Ulysses Press
2007
Pg. ?:
“My wife made me join a bridge club. I jump off next Tuesday.” Rodney Dangerfield

Twitter
Lodge Tavern
‏@LodgeTavern
NEWS! 2/5 through the work week - “My wife made me join a bridge club. I jump off next Tuesday.” Rodney Dangerfield ... http://ow.ly/1bsdYr
4:25 PM - 22 Feb 2011

Google Books
The 2,548 Wittiest Things Anybody Ever Said
By Robert Byrne
New York, NY: TOuchstone (Simon & Schuster)
2012
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My wife made me join a bridge club. I jump off next Tuesday. —Rodney Dangerfield (1921–2004)

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