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 May 21, 2017
“I took my son to Coney Island. I asked, ‘Wanna go in the Crazy House?‘“ (joke)

One Coney Island amusement was a “Crazy House,” featuring walls at strange angles. New York-based comedian Rodney Dangerfield, filling in for syndicated entertainment columnist Jack O’Brian, wrote in July 1971 newspapers:

“The other day I took him (Dangerfield’s son—ed.) to Coney Island. I asked him if he wanted to go in the crazy house. He told me to save my money, we’ll be home soon.”

Dangerfield told the joke for many years and it’s uncertain when he first said it.


Wikipedia: Rodney Dangerfield
Rodney Dangerfield (born Jacob Cohen, November 22, 1921 – October 5, 2004) was an American stand-up comedian, actor, producer and screenwriter known for the catchphrase “I don’t get no respect!” and his monologues on that theme. He is also remembered for his 1980s film roles, especially in Easy Money, Caddyshack, and Back to School.

27 July 1971, Arkansas Gazette (Little Rock, AR), “Jack O’Brian: Comedian Dangerfield Doesn’t Get Much Respect” by Rodney Dangerfield, pg. 6B, col. 8:
Even from my children I get no respect. The other day my boy told me to go to my room. He’s at the age now, he’s coming up with smart answers. The other day I took him to Coney Island. I asked him if he wanted to go in the crazy house. He told me to save my money, we’ll be home soon.

11 May 1975, Boston (MA) Sunday Globe, “My Favorite Jokes” by Lou Nelson, Parade magazine, pg. 15, col. 1:
I had him out to Coney Island last summer. I said, “Do you want to go to the Crazy House?”

He said, “Nah, save your money, we’ll be home soon.”

Google Books
Roast of the Town
By Joey Adams
New York, NY: Prentice Hall
1986
Pg. 37:
I took him to Coney Island and asked if he wanted to go in the crazy house — he told me to save my money, we’d be home soon.

Twitter
Ken Lind‏
@Ken__Lind
“I took my son to Coney Island, I said ‘wanno go in the crazy house’, he said ‘save your money will be home soon’!” ~Rodney Dangerfield
10:04 PM - 8 Oct 2009

YouTube
vintage Rodney Dangerfield comedy 1978
robatsea2009
Uploaded on Apr 15, 2011
Some vintage Rodney Dangerfield, in performance in 1978.
2:20
“The last time I took my kid to Coney Island I asked, ‘Do you want to go to the Crazy House?’ He told me to save my money—we’ll be home soon.”

Twitter
Jewish Comedians‏
@JewishComedians
Rodney Dangerfield: I took my son to Coney island. I asked, “Wanna go in the crazy house?” He said, “Save your money we’ll be home soon.”
8:23 AM - 3 Jul 2016

Twitter
A Slice of Brooklyn‏
@BKNYbus_tours
I took my son to Coney island, I said “wanna go in the crazy house?”, he said “save your money we’ll be home soon"- Rodney Dangerfield
10:15 AM - 12 Feb 2017

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityNames/Phrases • Sunday, May 21, 2017 • Permalink