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 August 13, 2018
“The wages of sin are death, but after taxes are taken out, it’s just kind of a tired feeling”

"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” is from the New Testament, Romans 6:23. American stand-up comedian Paula Poundstone gave a popular variation on the album Women of the Night (1987):

“I believe the wages of sin are death. But, by the time they take out taxes, it’s just a tired feeling.”


Wikiquote: Sin
The Bible
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
. Romans 6:23 NIV
. Work hard for sin your whole life and your pension is death. But God’s gift is real life, eternal life, delivered by Jesus, our Master.
. Variant of Proverbs 13:15 in The Message

Wikipedia: Paula Poundstone
Paula Poundstone (born December 29, 1959) is an American stand-up comedian, author, actress, interviewer, and commentator. Beginning in the late 1980s, she performed a series of one-hour HBO comedy specials

OCLC WorldCat record
Women of the night
Author: Rita Rudner; Ellen De Generes; Judy Tenuta; Paula Poundstone
Publisher: New York : HBO Video : Focus Enterprises, ©1987.
Edition/Format: Video : Videocassette Visual material : English
Summary:
Four comediennes take the stage at the Palace in Hollywood for an unihibited hour of mirth and madness

27 July 1989, The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, MS), “Triple the humor: Female comics sound fun, fresh” by Leslie R. Meyers, pg. 10F, col. 3:
Religious omens about death don’t move her. (Paula Poundstone—ed.) “I believe the wages of sin are death. But, by the time they take out taxes, it’s just a tired feeling.”

6 August 1989, Orlando (FL) Sentinel, “Paula Poundstone: From IHOP to Stand-up” by Devi Weiss, Calendar sec., pg. 13, col. 2: 
From her album come jokes such as these: “Anybody here ever put the vacuum on your cat’s face? Because they will not always come when they are called”; “I think I’m bulimic. I just keep forgetting to purge”; and “I saw a billboard that said ‘The wages of sin are death.’ I would imagine that the wages of sin are death. But by the time they take out the taxes it’s a kind of tired feeling really.”

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Google Books
Funny Ladies:
The Best Humor from America’s Funniest Women

By Bill Adler
Kansas City, MO: Andrews McMeel
2001
Pg. 285:
The wages of sin are death, but after taxes are taken out, it’s just a tired feeling. — Paula Poundstone

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In Case of Laughter, Break Glass:
The Recession Essays

By Tony Machi
Rochester, NY: Machi & Machi Communications, Inc.
2011
Pg. ?:
In my further humble opinion, the only woman to come close to (Dorothy—ed.) Parker today is Paula Poundstone, as in:

“The wages of sin are death, but by the time taxes are taken out, it’s just sort of a tired feeling.”

Twitter
Cindy Krum
@Suzzicks
Replying to @JohnMu
Reminds me of one of my favorite Paula Poundstone quotes: “The wages of sin are death, but after taxes are taken out, it is just sort of a tired feeling.”. wink
10:27 PM - 22 May 2018 from Brisbane, Queensland

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