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 07, 2017
“I saw a documentary on how ships are kept together. It was riveting”

"I saw a documentary on how ships are kept together. It was riveting” is a joke that has been printed on several images. “I watched a documentary last night that explained how they fasten plates of metal together. It was riveting” was posted on Twitter on May 28, 2011.

The joke was popularized by Canadian comedian Stewart Francis in 2012. “Stewart Francis offered cleaner alternatives: ‘I saw a documentary on how ships are put together. Riveting’” was published in an April 2012 newspaper.


Wikipedia: Stewart Francis
Stewart Francis is a Canadian comedian, actor and writer. In addition to his work in Canada and the US, he frequently tours in the UK and appears on British television. Both of Francis’ parents are British.

Twitter
Conor Ritchie‏
@blandois
I watched a documentary last night that explained how they fasten plates of metal together. It was riveting.
5:15 AM - 26 May 2011

3 April 2012, Evening Standard, “Minchin rocks the hall with musical mirth” by Bruce Dessau, pg. 13:
Jon Richardson wittily paraded his fussiness. Jimmy Carr delivered smutty gags, Stewart Francis offered cleaner alternatives: “I saw a documentary on how ships are put together. Riveting.”

Twitter
Chris Scullion‏
@scully1888
Stewart Francis was brilliant last night. Example: “I watched a documentary last night explaining how they put ships together. Riveting.”
5:00 AM - 19 Apr 2012

Twitter
Bruno Batista‏
@bru_bat
“I was watching a documentary on how boats are held together. It was riveting.” God bless you, Stewart Francis.
5:31 PM - 9 Jun 2012

21 August 2012, (New Delhi, India), “Comedian Stewart Francis’ Becks and Posh joke named funniest”:
London, Aug 21 (ANI): Comedian Stewart Francis has won an award for the funniest joke of the Edinburgh Fringe by poking fun at the Beckhams.
(...)
8. Stewart Francis - “I saw a documentary on how ships are kept together. Riveting!”

Twitter
graham smith‏
@smudge136
Just watched a documentary about how ships are put together..... It was riveting…
12:28 AM - 21 Aug 2012

Google Books
Pun Direction
By Stewart Francis
London, UK: Headline Publishing Group
2013
Pg. ?:
I watched a documentary on how ships are held together… riveting.

Reddit—Jokes
I watched a documentary on how ships are held together
submitted August 28, 2013 by HonoraryMancunian
It was riveting.

18 October 2013, Birmingham (UK) Mail, “Last word from our man Clive Upright,” pg. 29:
Watched a documentary about how ships are kept together… it was riveting!

Twitter
Dad Jokes‏
@_DadJokes
I watched a documentary on boat building the other day…
It was riveting.
2:25 PM - 26 Nov 2013

Reddit—Jokes
I saw a documentary about how ships are held together
submitted January 2, 2016 by mudtoy
It was riveting

Google Books
Readers Digest Funny Family Jokes:
Something for Everyone from Age 9 to 99

By Editors at Reader’s Digest
White Plains, NY: The Reader’s Digest Association
2014
Pg. ?:
I saw a documentary on how ships are kept together; It was riveting.
STEWART FRANCIS

Reddit—Jokes
I watched a documentary about the making of boats.
submitted August 18, 2017 by BarryPeanutOHPS
It was riveting.

Reddit—Oneliners
I saw a documentary on how ships are kept together; It was riveting. (self.oneliners)
submitted September 8, 2017 by Kas585AUGUST 2017

Posted by Barry Popik
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