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

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Entry from November 06, 2017
“I was walking through college and my camouflage teacher said I haven’t seen you in class”

Some students skip class, but then run into the professor on the college campus. American stand-up comedian Emo Phillips made a joke:

“I was in ROTC in college. I was walking across campus and my camouflage instructor said, ‘I haven’t seen you in class for six weeks,’ and I replied, ‘I guess it must be working.’”

The joke has been cited in print since at least 1997.


Wikipedia: Emo Philips
Emo Philips (born Phil Soltanek; February 7, 1956) is an American comedian. Much of his stand-up comedy makes use of paraprosdokians spoken in a wandering falsetto tone of voice. The confused, childlike delivery of his material produces the intended comic timing in a manner invoking the ‘wisdom of children’ or the idiot savant.

Google Groups: rec.humor
Stealth Fighter Crash
GWLucky
9/14/97
(...)
This reminds me of an Emo Phillips’ classic:

“I was in ROTC in college.  I was walking across campus and my camouflage instructor said ‘I haven’t seen you in class for six weeks’ and I replied ‘I guess it must be working’.”

Google Books
It’s a Man’s World:
800 Jokes from the Guy’s (Warped) Point of View

By Judy Brown
New York, NY: Barnes & Noble Books
2005
Pg. 48:
l was in the ROTC program. l remember once l was walking through campus and my instructor grabs me, and he’s a real big guy, and yells, “lt’s been six weeks since l’ve seen you in camouflage class!” l said, “l’m getting good.”

Google Groups: alt.humor.jewish
~.~ 3fer
Renee
6/5/05
(...)
I was in the ROTC program. I remember once,
I was walking through campus
and my instructor grabs me and he’s a real big guy,
and yells, “It’s been six weeks
since I’ve seen you in camouflage class!”

I said, “I’m getting good.”

Twitter
PV=nRT‏
@HondoLane
One time at Advanced Infantry Training the instructor said “ hey Hondo how come I haven’t seen u at camouflage class” said I’m getting good
7:57 PM - 3 Sep 2009

Twitter
Lisa Horstman‏
@lisahorstman
The ROTC instructor said, ‘Emo, it’s been six weeks since I’ve seen you in camouflage class.’ I said, ‘I’m getting good.’ -Emo Philips
10:26 PM - 12 May 2010

Twitter
Ian Weaver‏
@iwweaver
When I joined the RAF my Instructor said to me :  I didn’t see you at camouflage training this morning. I said: Thank you very much Sir smile
10:30 AM - 9 Jun 2011

Graphic Joke
Attendance Problem?
January 16, 2014 by grin
Camouflage Instructor: “I haven’t seen you in class for a while.”
Student: “Thanks!”

Twitter
McGuire‏
@mcguireonfire
Replying to @dfr10
@dfr10 I was walking through college and my camouflage teacher said I haven’t seen you in class. I’m getting good! #emophillips
1:15 PM - 3 Oct 2015

Twitter
Stewart Weir‏
@sweirz
Replying to @ScotsFootyCards
I studied camouflage techniques at college and one day the instructor said “I haven’t seen you in class lately ...”
10:37 AM - 12 Jan 2017

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityEducation/Schools • Monday, November 06, 2017 • Permalink