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 05, 2017
“The depressing thing about tennis is that I’ll never be as good as a wall”

"The depressing thing about tennis is that no matter how good I get, I’ll never be as good as a wall” is a joke from American stand-up comedian Mich Hedberg (1968-2005) that has been printed on many images. It’s not known when Hedberg first said this, but it was printed in a September 1998 newspaper.


Wikipedia: Mitch Hedberg
Mitchell Lee “Mitch” Hedberg (February 24, 1968 – March 30, 2005) was an American stand-up comedian known for his surreal humor and unconventional comedic delivery. His comedy typically featured short, sometimes one-line jokes mixed with absurd elements and non sequiturs.

Hedberg’s comedy and onstage persona gained him a cult following,[5] with audience members sometimes shouting out the punchlines to his jokes before he could finish them.

4 September 1998, Sacramento (CA) Bee, “Hot Ticket Items,” pg. TK3:
“No matter how good I get, I’ll never be as good as a wall.”
(From Mitch Hedberg.—ed.)

16 July 1999, Idaho Statesman (Boise, ID), “Rising comic remains content” by Michael Deeds, pg. 5s:
“The.depressing about tennis is no matter how good I get, I’ll never be as good as a wall.”

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“The depressing thing about tennis is that no matter how good I get, I’ll never be as good as a wall.”
-Mitch Hedberg, wb 40 today, dammit
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Google Books
Jokes for Blokes:
The Ultimate Book of Jokes not Suitable for Mixed Company

By Llewellyn Dowd and Phil McCracken
London, UK: Ebury Press
2011
Pg. 511:
The depressing thing about tennis is that no matter how much I play, I’ll never be as good as a wall. I played a wall once. They’re fucking relentless.

Google Books
More One Liners, Jokes and Gags
Compiled by Grant Tucker
London, UK” Biteback Publishing Ltd
2013
Pg. ?:
The depressing thing about tennis is that no matter howgoodI get, I’ll never be as good as a wall.

Google Books
The Little Green Book of Tennis Wisdom
Edited by Julie Ganz
New York, NY: Skyhorse Publishing
2016
Pg. ?:
The depressing thing about tennis is that no matter how good I get, I’ll never be as good as a wall.
-- MITCH HEDBERG

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Friday, May 05, 2017 • Permalink