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 January 08, 2013
“Are you a pie maker? Cause you make my banana cream.” (dirty joke)

"Are you a pie maker? Cause you make my banana cream” is the text on a Rotten eCard. It is not known how old the “banana cream” dirty joke is or who first said it.

Soupy Sales (1926-2009) had a children’s television show in New York City in the 1960s where he often got a pie in the face. Sales allegedly said on the air:

“My wife can’t make an apple pie but she can sure make my banana cream.”

Soupy Sales often denied that he told off-color jokes on his children’s show, but many people seem to remember the “banana cream” joke.


Rotten eCards
Are you a pie maker? Cause you make my banana cream.

Wikipedia: Soupy Sales
Soupy Sales (January 8, 1926 – October 22, 2009) was an American comedian, actor, radio-TV personality and host, and jazz aficionado. He was best known for his local and network children’s television show, Lunch with Soupy Sales; a series of comedy sketches frequently ending with Sales receiving a pie in the face, which became his trademark.

From 1968 to 1975, he was a regular panelist on the syndicated revival of What’s My Line? and appeared on several other TV game shows. During the 1980s Sales hosted his own show on WNBC-AM in New York City.
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Claims that Sales told dirty jokes on the air
An urban legend claimed Sales sneaked off-color humor onto his show for the amusement of his huge adult audience. This has been denied repeatedly, including by Snopes.com.

Wikipedia: Talk:Soupy Sales
The claim that Soupy never told dirty jokes on the air is ridiculous! Back in the early 60s my friends & I would get together to watch each show on L.A. TV to see what Soupy would say or do next. All the kids at (Azusa High) School would be raving about it the next day! I personally heard, “Why are babies so flimsy when they’re born? Because they’re put together with one screw!”, My wife can’t make an Apple Pie but she can sure make my banana cream”, & many others. He WAS suspended for at least two periods of time back then. He also once purposely butchered an ad by one of his own sponsors (for popcorn) while I was watching the show. We all loved him, & he did at least one assembly at our school. Rand H. 70.190.208.242 (talk) 14:50, 10 October 2010 (UTC)
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My friends and I watched Soupy’s New York show religiously. We specifically remember two dirty jokes he said on that show: “I took my wife to a baseball game and I kissed her between the strikes and she kissed me between the balls.” and “My wife can’t make an apple pie but she can sure make my banana cream.” —Preceding unsigned comment added by 209.242.149.130 (talk) 22:44, 4 November 2009 (UTC)
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Hi. I’ve never done this but I just couldn’t stand it any more. I am 61 years old and cut my teeth on Soupy’s shows while growing up in the New York area (yes, he was taken off the air and reinstated several times). I remember the joke about the “banana cream,” the New Year’s Eve fiasco, and also this one that Soupy told: (...) —Preceding unsigned comment added by 76.181.68.37 (talk) 17:32, 1 March 2010 (UTC)

Google Groups: bit.listserv.bgrass-l
Soupy Sales - BG zzzz (was Fun Song Titles
THOMAS P. COLE
2/17/95
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I don’t know how much of the following is true or the stuff of (sub)urban legend, but he allegedly told jokes like these to the kiddies:

“My wife and I love to go to baseball games.  I kiss her on the strikes, and she kisses me on the balls.”
“My wife can’t cook, but she sure can make my banana cream.”

Google Books
The 1950s’ Most Wanted:
The Top 10 Book of Rock & Roll Rebels, Cold War Crises, and All-American Oddities

By Robert A Rodriguez
Washington, DC: Potomac Books
2005
Pg. 204:
Fo example, some people still swear that they or someone they know witnessed a skit where Soupy was making a pie with a guest, saying in passing, ‘’My wife sure can’t make a cherry pie, but boy—can she make a banana cream!’’ To this day Sales denies all such charges.

New York (NY) Times—City Room
April 24, 2010, 8:34 am
Soupy, Explained
By THE NEW YORK TIMES
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COMMENTS
JimF
April 24, 2010
10:30 am
Ah, yes, true babyboomer folk hero. One recalls the myths(?) of his antics: The joke that supposedly got him thrown off the air (“My wife can’t cook but she sure can make my banana cream.”) and his advice to the kids to “sneak into daddy’s room, get his wallet and send me the green pieces of paper you find in it.”

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Tuesday, January 08, 2013 • Permalink