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 23, 2018
“I couldn’t work for that man after what he said to me” (joke)

An employment joke was printed in the Wilmington (DE) Morning News on December 26, 1933:

“If the boss doesn’t take back what he said to me, I shall leave.”
“What did he say?”
“You’re fired!”—Mucha (Warsaw).


The joke is still told, but with slightly different wording.


26 December 1933, Wilmington (DE) Morning News, “Foreign Fun,” pg. 4, col. 3:
“If the boss doesn’t take back what he said to me, I shall leave.”
“What did he say?”
“You’re fired!”—Mucha (Warsaw).

16 January 1934, Ogden (UT) Standard-Examiner, “Humor,” pg. 3, col. 2:
Vernal Van Holst: “If the boss doesn’t take back what he said about me, I shall leave.”
Cliff Baird: “What did he say?”
Vernal: “You;re fired.”

15 May 1935, The Daily News (Frederick, MD), “Mutt and Jeff” comic strip by Bud Fisher, pg. 10, col. 2:
Boss: YOU’RE LATE! YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN HERE AT SEVEN O’CLOCK.
Jeff: WHY, WHAT HAPPENED, BOSS!
(At home.—ed.)
Mutt: WELL, HOW’S THE NEW JOB COMIN’ ALONG?
Jeff: It AIN’T! I QUIT!
Mutt: YOU QUIT? WHY?
Jeff: THE BOSS SAID SOMETHING I DIDN’T LIKE!
Mutt: WHAT DID HE SAY?
Jeff: HE SAID “YOU’RE FIRED!” SO I QUIT!

20 July 1947, Detroit (MI) Times, “The Cheering Section” conducted by Bruce Patterson, Pictorial Review, pg. 10, col. 4:
“Why aren’t you working?”
“The boss and I had a fight and he won’t take back what he said.”
“What did he say?”
“He said: ‘You’re fired.’”
Oliver Beacon

Google Books
The Terrible Turners:
A Comedy in Three Acts

By George Batson
New York, NY: Samuel French
1950
Pg. 15:
TOMMY. Well, at least I won’t go back until Mr. Klugelmeyer takes back what he said.
LOUISE. What did he say, Tommy?
TOMMY. (With disgust) “You’re fired!”

Twitter
Joseph John
@Joe_John
“Why did you leave your last job?” “It was something my boss said.” “What did he say?” “You’re fired!” http://bit.ly/223FQM
1:06 AM - 14 Aug 2009

Twitter
FunnyOneLiners
@Funnyoneliners
The Man: “I’m never going to work for him again!”
The Friend: “What did he say?”
The Man: “You’re fired.”
1:54 PM - 27 Aug 2009

Reddit—Jokes
“I just left my job. I couldn’t work for that man after what he said to me.”
submitted September 24, 2015 by Itsremon
Friend: “What did he say.”
Me: “You’re fired.”

Reddit—Jokes
I just left my job
submitted November 2, 2015 by voracread
I just left my job. I couldn’t work for that man after what he said to me.
What did he say?
You’re fired.

Reddit—Jokes
I just left my job…
submitted May 31, 2016 by mickalosh
Me: I couldn’t work for that man after what he said to me.
Friend: What did he say?
Me: “You’re fired”.

Reddit—Jokes
Bob told his wife, “I can’t work for him anymore after what he said to me”.
submitted June 25, 2016 by cthuluhoop123
Wife: What did he say?
Bob: You’re fired

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Monday, July 23, 2018 • Permalink