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 April 18, 2019
“I saw a robin redbreast in Central Park, but it turned out to be a sparrow with an exit wound”

Many people in Manhattan visit Central Park in the spring. David Letterman, host of the New York city-based late-night television talk show Late Show with David Letterman, said in March 2001:

“Today is the first day of spring! I was out walking around today and in Central Park I saw a robin redbreast. Then I looked closer, and it was just a sparrow with an exit wound.”

Letterman’s New York City jokes often referenced New York’s reputation in the 1960s and 1970s, when crime rates were high.


Wikipedia: Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Late Show with David Letterman is an American late-night talk show hosted by David Letterman on CBS, the first iteration of the Late Show franchise. The show debuted on August 30, 1993, and was produced by Letterman’s production company, Worldwide Pants, and CBS Television Studios. The show’s music director and leader of the house band, the CBS Orchestra, was Paul Shaffer. (...) The show was then succeeded by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, hosted by Stephen Colbert, which premiered on September 8, 2015.

23 March 2001, The Spectator (Hamilton, ON), “The Zinger File:,” pg. D7:
Today is the first day of spring! I was out walking around today and in Central Park I saw a robin redbreast. Then I looked closer, and it was just a sparrow with an exit wound.
David Letterman, Late Show

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nickJbarrett
@nickJbarrett
“I saw a robin redbreast in Central Park today, but it turned out to be a sparrow with an exit wound.” David Letterman sparrow
5:44 PM - 14 Mar 2010

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Ivy Picklebottom
@IvyPicklebottom
Thought I saw a Robin Redbreast in my backyard this morning but it turned out to be a sparrow with an exit wound.
2:46 AM - 21 May 2010

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Rick Sadecky
@timeclockman
#quote I saw a robin redbreast in Central Park today, but it turned out to be a sparrow with an exit wound.  David Letterman
2:20 AM - 13 Dec 2010

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“I saw a robin redbreast in Central Park today, but it turned out to be a sparrow with an exit wound.”
David Letterman

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Bob Kostic
@causticbob
My wife looked out the window and asked me, “Darling, is that a robin red-breast ?”
“No,” I replied, “It’s a sparrow with an exit wound.”
8:09 AM - 5 Jan 2019

Women.com
It’s Time to Laugh Thanks to These Hilarious David Letterman Quotes
Sophie Matthews
Apr 12, 2019
(...)
“I saw a robin redbreast in Central Park today, but it turned out to be a sparrow with an exit wound.”

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12 of the Best David Letterman One-Liners of the Last 33 Years
Brandon Specktor
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I saw a robin redbreast in Central Park today, but it turned out to be a sparrow with an exit wound.
DAVID LETTERMAN

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityNames/Phrases • Thursday, April 18, 2019 • Permalink