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

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Entry from June 04, 2021
“What’s a pizza’s favorite relative?"/"Aunt Chovie.”

"Aunt Chovy” (or “Aunt Chovie") is a pun on “anchovy.” “‘My Uncle Jim is a great fish-eater.’ ‘So’s your Aunt Chovy’” was printed in the St. Petersburg (FL) Times on March 9, 1926. “Aunt Chovy makes a great pizza. AUNT CHOVY’S PIZZA” was an ad in the Los Angeles (CA) Times on September 15, 1988.

“Q. Who’s a pizza’s favorite relative? A. Aunt Chovy” was printed in the Chicago (IL) Tribune on July 4, 1993. “Who’s the pizza’s favorite relative? Aunt Chovie” was printed in The Berkshire Eagle (Pittsfield, MA) on April 3, 1994. “What is a pizza’s favorite relative? Aunt-chovie!” was printed in the Detroit (MI) Free Press on November 14, 1994. “What is a pizza’s favorite relative? Aunt Chovy” was printed in Newsday (Long Island, NY) on January 5, 2003.

“My dad’s sister is a fish. She’s my Aunt Chovy” was posted on Reddit—Dadjokes on October 16, 2020.


Wikipedia: Anchovy
An anchovy is a small, common forage fish of the family Engraulidae. Most species are found in marine waters, but several will enter brackish water, and some in South America are restricted to fresh water.

Muppet Wiki: Aunt Chovy
“Aunty Chovy” was performed by the Gills Brothers in episode 424 of The Muppet Show. (Originally aired May 15, 1980 in the U.S.—ed.)

It is a parody of the song “The Old Grey Goose is Dead” by David Allan Coe, in which the opening lyric is “Go tell Aunt Rhody.”

Newspapers.com
9 March 1926, St. Petersburg (FL) Times, sec. 3, pg. 2, col. 6:
FROM THE CHESTNUT TREE,
“My Uncle Jim is a great fish-eater.”
“So’s your Aunt Chovy.”

Newspapers.com
15 September 1988, Los Angeles (CA) Times, Calendar sec., pg. 7, col. 2 ad:
Aunt Chovy makes a great pizza.
AUNT CHOVY’S PIZZA

OCLC WorldCat record
Pure Americana : Henry Hagens’ Aunt Chovy and the ‘very versey’ Judy Taylor-Gleason.
Author: Henry Hagen; Judy Taylor-Gleason
Publisher: Park Rapids, Minn. : Rapid Print, 1989.
Edition/Format: Print book : English

OCLC WorldCat record
Aunt Chovy cartoons
Author: Henry Hagen
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : H. Hagen, [1991?]
Edition/Format: Print book : English

Newspapers.com
4 July 1993, Chicago (IL) Tribune, Spots sec., pg. ?:
Q. Who’s a pizza’s favorite relative?
A. Aunt Chovy.
Melissa Clarin, 8, Lake Zurich

Newspapers.com
3 April 1994, The Berkshire Eagle (Pittsfield, MA), “Humor book is no joke” (AP), pg. B10, col. 2:
Who’s the pizza’s favorite relative?
Aunt Chovie.

Newspapers.com
14 November 1994, Detroit (MI) Free Press, “The Yak’s Corner,” pg. 2A, col. 1:
YAK YUK
What is a pizza’s favorite relative?
Aunt-chovie!
From Katie Kramer, 9, Birmingham

Google Groups: alt.humor
Frank A. Rosenbaum
Jun 9, 2002, 10:08:58 AM
(...)
His Aunt Chovy loves pizza.

Newspapers.com
5 January 2003, Newsday (Long Island, NY), “Smiles,” Kidsday sec., pg. 1, col. 1:
What is a pizza’s favorite relative?
Aunt Chovy.
-- Krista Hammel

Google Books
February 2003, Boys’ Life, “Think & Grin,” pg. 53, col. 3:
“Want to see a picture of my aunt?” Joe asks.
“Sure, Bill says. So Joe takes out a picture.
Bill says, “What are you talking about? That’s not your aunt! It’s a picture of a fish!”
“No, it’s my aunt,” Joe says. “Aunt Chovy.” — Matthew Diamond, North Potomac, Md.

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
Puns of the Weak Part 4 The Groaners
Stan Kegel
Nov 29, 2003, 6:48:26 AM
(...)
“Pun, why’re you making a pizza?”
“ It’s a way to pasta time!”
“I never sausage bad joke!”
“ I think i’ll visit my Aunt Chovie! (Mack Rowe/ The International Save the
Pun Foundation)

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
picture of my Aunt
mbalar@sbcglobal.net
May 25, 2005, 8:51:43 AM
Joe says to Bill, “Want to see a picture of my Aunt?” “Sure.”

So Joe takes out a picture.

“What are you talking about?” Bill says, “That’s not youraunt! That’s a picture of a fish!”

Joe responds, “Well, sure it is… It’s my aunt Chovy!”

Twitter
Pizza Palace Jax
@PizzaPalaceJax
Q: What is a pizza’s favorite relative? A: Aunt Chovy! Which is funny, because in America, it’s the least requested pizza topping.
9:50 AM · Jun 11, 2011·Hootsuite

Twitter
PizzaOverEverything
@_P_O_E_
What’s a pizza’s favorite relative? Aunt Chovie. Thanks @jaeden_ryleah10
2:04 PM · Nov 2, 2011·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Ian’s Pizza Madison
@IansMadison
What’s pizza’s favourite relative? ...  Aunt Chovy #ZING
12:44 PM · Jan 5, 2012·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Bob Swanston
@SwanstonRobert
#badjokethursday
What’s a pizza’s favourite relative?
Aunt chovy.
6:05 AM · Feb 1, 2018·Twitter for Android

Reddit—Dadjokes
Posted by u/arrenlex October 16, 2020
My dad’s sister is a fish
She’s my Aunt Chovy

Twitter
Lorraine Jo King
@lahlahbean
#sillysaturday
Joe says to Bill, “Want to see a picture of my Aunt?” Bill said, “Sure.” So Joe takes out a picture.
Bill says, “What are you talking about? Thats not your aunt! Thats a picture of a fish!”
Joe says, “Well sure it is… It’s my aunt Chovy!”

6:56 AM · May 29, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

(Trademark)
Word Mark AUNT CHOVIE’S
Goods and Services (CANCELLED) IC 042. US 100. G & S: RESTAURANT SERVICES FEATURING FOOD DELIVERY SERVICES. FIRST USE: 19841112. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19841112
Mark Drawing Code (1) TYPED DRAWING
Serial Number 73513584
Filing Date December 14, 1984
Current Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Published for Opposition April 23, 1985
Registration Number 1346953
Registration Date July 2, 1985
Owner (REGISTRANT) GIOVANNI’S, INC. CORPORATION TEXAS P. O. BOX 7738 WACO TEXAS 76714
Attorney of Record JOHN F. BOOTH
Type of Mark SERVICE MARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Live/Dead Indicator DEAD
Cancellation Date April 10, 1990

(Trademark)
Word Mark AUNT CHOVY’S PIZZA
Goods and Services (CANCELLED) IC 042. US 100. G & S: RESTAURANT SERVICES. FIRST USE: 19881003. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19881003
Mark Drawing Code (3) DESIGN PLUS WORDS, LETTERS, AND/OR NUMBERS
Design Search Code 02.03.16 - Hats (women wearing); Women wearing hats
02.09.01 - Drinking, humans; Eating, humans; Humans, including men, women and children, depicted eating or drinking
08.01.12 - Pizza
24.05.01 - Circular or elliptical seals; Seals, circular or elliptical
Serial Number 73782284
Filing Date February 22, 1989
Current Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Published for Opposition September 4, 1990
Registration Number 1625325
Registration Date November 27, 1990
Owner (REGISTRANT) AUNT CHOVY’S PIZZA, INC. CORPORATION CALIFORNIA 11614 VENICE BOULEVARD LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA 90066
Attorney of Record ROBERT G. ROOMIAN
Disclaimer NO CLAIM IS MADE TO THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO USE “PIZZA” APART FROM THE MARK AS SHOWN
Description of Mark THE STIPPLING SHOWN IN THE DRAWING IS A FEATURE OF THE MARK AND NOT INTENDED TO INDICATE COLOR.
Type of Mark SERVICE MARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Live/Dead Indicator DEAD
Cancellation Date June 2, 1997

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