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 January 12, 2018
“Cannibal 1: Your wife makes great soup. Cannibal 2: Yes, but I’ll miss her.”

There’s a difference, when a wife “makes soup,” between “preparing” the soup and “being in” the soup. A cannibal joke is:

Cannibal 1: Your wife makes great soup.
Cannibal 2: Yes, but I’ll miss her.


The joke has been cited in print since at least 1959.


14 October 1959, The Irish Times (Dublin, Ireland), pg. 8, col. 8: 
Humour Noir
First Cannibal: “What delicious soup!”
Second Cannibal: “Yes, my wife makes excellent soup...I shall miss her.”

Google Books
Jokes:
Outrageous bits, atrocious puns, and ridiculous routines for those who love jests

By Paul Dickson
Illustrated by Don Addis
New York, NY: Delacorte Press
1984
Pg. 190:
“Yes,” said the cannibal after dinner, “my wife makes good soup, but I’m sure going to miss her.”

7 December 1986, Detroit (MI) Free Press, Magazine sec., pg. 31, col. 6:
YUK YUKS
L. Brook Patterson, Oakland County prosecutor
Two cannibals are having dinner. The first cannibal says, “Your wife makes great soup.”
The second cannibal answers, “Yes, but I’m going to miss her.”

Google Books
Milton Berle’s Private Joke File:
Over 10,000 of His Best Gags, Anecdotes, and One-liners

By Milton Berle
Edited by Milt Rosen
New York, NY: Crown Publishers
1989
Pg. 126:
The cannibal wiped his mouth daintily and said, “My wife makes great soup. But I’ll miss her!

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
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Stan Kegel
5/9/03
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“The cannibal wiped his mouth daintily and said, “My wife makes great soup but I’ll miss her.” (Milton Berle)

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Big T‏
@Big_T_Blues
One cannibal to the other: “your wife makes great soups.”
The other cannibal replied, “Yes but I’ll miss her”
7:30 PM - 26 Jan 2012

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Eddie Snipes‏
@eddiesnipes
One cannibal said to the other, “Your wife makes great soup.” “Yes,” said the other, “but I’m sure going to miss her.”
11:41 PM - 26 Apr 2013

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Marion Muscare‏
@MarionMuscare
Cannibal 1: Your wife makes great soup. Cannibal 2: Yes, but I am going to miss her!
6:59 AM - 5 Jul 2014

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♖Dr. Parson Peeves™♖‏
@ParsonPeeves
Cannibal 1 - “Your wife makes great soup!”
Cannibal 2 - “Yes. But I’m going to miss her when the leftovers are gone.”
5:35 PM - 12 Oct 2017

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Friday, January 12, 2018 • Permalink