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

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Entry from December 08, 2017
“Employee of the Month is a good example of how a person can be a winner & loser at the same time”

"Employee of the Month is a good example of how a person can be a winner and a loser at the same time” is a jocular one-line work saying that has been printed on many images. New York-born comedian Demetri Martin has used the line since at least 2001.


Wikipedia: Demetri Martin
Demetri Evan Martin (born May 25, 1973) is an American comedian, actor, artist, musician, writer, and humorist. He is best known for his work as a stand-up comedian, being a contributor on The Daily Show, and his Comedy Central show Important Things with Demetri Martin.

Google Books
How to Be Funny:
The Ultimate Guide to Making Funny Speeches

By Ethan James
BookBaby
2001
Pg. ?:
Employee of the month is a good example of how somebody can be both a winner and a loser at the same time.
-- Demetri Martin

27 January 2003, The New Yorker (New York, NY), “The Talk of the Town: Funny Boy: Too Hot To Hoot” by Dana Goodyear, pp. 29-30:
Demetri Martin is a dark-eyed twenty-nine-year-old from the Jersey Shore with a mop of black hair and a forceful nose.
(...)
He told a few jokes. One of them was brand new: “I think Employee of the Month is a good example of when a person can be a winner and a loser at the same time.”

4 August 2003, The Independent (London, UK), “Edinburgh festival 2003: Camp charmer in Zimmerland: festival diary” by Julian Hall, pg. 14:
Well before the top is even unscrewed from Perrier Award fever, the diary is launching its own Fizzy Punchline Award. First entrant is the hot new American act Demetri Martin: “Winning Employee of the Month is the only way you can be a winner and a loser at the same time.”

5 August 2003, The Times (London, UK), “The claik,” pg. 15:
Joke of the day: “Winning ‘employee of the month’ is the only way you can be a winner and a loser at the same time” -American comic Demetri Martin puts in an early bid for the Fringe’s funniest one-liner.

Google Books
The rough Guide to British Cult Comedy
By Julian Hall
New York, NY: Rough Guides; New York: Distributed by Penguin Putnam
2006
Pg. 200:
His (Demetri Martin’s—ed.) observations have bite ("Employee of the month is a good example of how somebody can be both a winner and a loser at the same time") but they can just be cute ...

Google Books
The Biggest Joke Book Ever
By Jack Jacoby
Victoria, BC: Trafford Publishing
2008
Pg. 193:
Employee of the month is a good example of how somebody can be both a winner and a loser at the same time. Demetri Martin at the Assembly Rooms

Google Books
The Quotable A**hole:
More than 1,200 Bitter Barbs, Cutting Comments, and Caustic Comebacks, for Aspiring and Armchair A**holes Alike

By Eric Grzymkowski
Avon, MA: Adams Media
2011
Pg. 106:
Employee of the month is a good example of how somebody can be both a winner and a loser at the same time.
-- DEMETRI MARTIN, AMERICAN COMEDIAN

Google Books
5,000 Great One Liners
Compiled by Grant TUcker
London, UK: Biteback Publishing
2012

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Employee of the month is a good example of how somebody can be both a winner and a loser at the same time.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Friday, December 08, 2017 • Permalink