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. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from July 19, 2009
“Like butter!” ("Like buttah!")

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Wikipedia: Coffee Talk
Coffee Talk with Linda Richman was a sketch performed by Mike Myers on the sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live. It ran from 1991-10-12 until 1994-10-15, although Myers (who had since left the show) reprised the role once more on 1997-03-22.

In the sketch, Myers plays a stereotypical Jewish middle-aged woman with an exaggerated New York Jewish accent named Linda Richman who sports long, painted fake nails; lots of gold jewelry; gaudy sweaters; large dark glasses; and big hair, which she constantly adjusts. This character was a spoof on his real-life mother-in-law, Linda Richman.
Richman occasionally added Yiddish or pseudo-Yiddish words into her speech: “Ok now, this show used to be hosted by my friend Paul Baldwin, but he developed shpilkis in his genechtagazoink. So now he’s in Boca Raton, Florida recovering nicely, thank you very much.” Her show had guest hosts and took calls. The topics of discussion almost always furthered the Jewish stereotype. The catch phrase often used to describe things Linda admired was “like butter”, which in the accent becomes “like buttah”. A typical example is, “Her voice, it’s like buttah.”

SNL “Coffee Talk” transcript (10/12/1991) introducing Linda Richman
Coffee Talk
Linda Richman.....Mike Myers
Sheila.....Kirstie Alley
Saul.....Phil Hartman
Caller.....Julia Sweeney
Saul: I circled for 20 minutes and I found a beautiful place next to H&H Bagels
Linda Richman: The best bagels in the city. They’re like buttah. Okay, back to Babs. She’s coming out with a new movie, Prince of Tides.
Sheila: And by the by that Babs and I are exactly the same age.
Linda Richman: Me too. (holds up Vanity Fair). But I ask you, is this the body of a 50 year old lady?
Sheila: You know, I would die for hands.
Linda Richman: They’re like buttah.
Caller: Did you know Barbra has a new boxset collection with all of her recordings in it?
Linda Richman: Yes. I knew that. It’s called “Just for the Records,” and it contains every song she’s ever sang. It’s a beautiful thing. It’s like buttah.
Sheila: And my name is Sheila (pauses) Ornstine. I changed it (sings) Nickie Ornstine, Sheila Ornstine. What a beautiful, beautiful, na-ame.
Linda Richman: It’s like buttah.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • (0) Comments • Sunday, July 19, 2009 • Permalink