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

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Entry from January 14, 2018
“Waiter: Is your food spicy, sir? Diner: No, smoke always comes out of my ears!”

A joke about spicy food was printed in many newspapers in July 1962:

WIFE: Were the peppers too hot, darling?
HUSBAND: No, dear. Smoke always comes out of my ears when I eat.


The joke became a restaurant joke by at least 1984:

WAITER: Is the food too spicy?
CUSTOMER: Not at all. Smoke always comes out of my ears.



30 July 1962, Oakland (CA) Tribune, “Fun Time—The Chuckle Box” by A. Leokum, pg. 13, col. 3:
Wife: Were the peppers too hot, darling?
Husband: No, dear. Smoke always comes out of my ears when I eat.

Google Books
Laughs, Hoots & Giggles
By Joseph Rosenbloom
Illustrations by Sanford Hoffman and Joyce Behr
New York, NY: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
1984
Pg. 231:
WAITER: Is the food too spicy?
CUSTOMER: Not at all. Smoke always comes out of my ears.

Twitter
Bollywood Sargam‏
@bollywoodsargam
Restaurant jokes - 8447 Joke: Is your food spicy Sir ?
No, smoke always comes out of my ears ! .... http://bit.ly/11R2Xk
11:10 PM - 10 Aug 2009

Google Books
A Man Walks Into a Bar 3
By Jonathan Swan’London, UK: Ebury Press
2010
Pg. 331:
Waiter: ‘Is your food spicy. sir?’
Diner: ‘No. smoke always comes out of my ears!’

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7/5/11
Is that school food spicy?
No, smoke always comes out of my ears!

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Marge‏
@mrmargek
Is your food spicy Miss?
No, smoke always comes out of my ears!
6:44 AM - 27 Jun 2012

Twitter
Test User‏
@Zuhed123
Is your food spicy Sir ?
No, smoke
always comes out of my ears !
1:32 PM - 11 Jan 2018

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityRestaurants/Bars/Coffeehouses/Food Stores • Sunday, January 14, 2018 • Permalink