People often pray before a meal (such as a grace prayer) to give thanks for the food on the table. The comedian Rodney Dangerfield (1921-2004) joked:
“My wife is the worst cook in the world. At my house, we pray after we eat.”
That is, Dangerfield prayed that he wouldn’t get sick or die from his wife’s cooking. Dangerfield told the joke from at least 1977.
“No prayer before eating. Here, the chef knows how to cook!” is a related restaurant joke.
Wikipedia: Rodney Dangerfield
Rodney Dangerfield (born Jacob Cohen, November 22, 1921 – October 5, 2004) was an American comedian, and actor, known for the catchphrase “I don’t get no respect!,” and his monologues on that theme. He is also remembered for his 1980s film roles, especially in Easy Money, Caddyshack, and Back To School.
14 May 1977, Oelwein (IA) Daily Register, “Chamber Happenings” by Bob Sieleman, pg. 7, col. 5:
Rodney Dangerfieid said his wife was a terrible cook “At our house we pray after we eat.”
4 October 1982, Trenton (NJ) Times, “Fifty years in the barber business—and still counting” by Frank Tyger, pg. C1, col. 5:
“My wife is a lousy cook,” complains Rodney Dangerfield. “In my house we pray after we eat.”
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In my house we pray after we eat.
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At my house the food is so bad we pray after we eat!
June 1988, Boys’ Life, “Think & Grin,” pg. 65, col. 2:
First Scout: Our patrol chef is a terrible cook.
Second Scout: How bad is he?
First Scout: So bad that we pray after we eat.— Michael Cormier, Germantown, Wis.
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My wife is the worst cook in the world. At my house, we pray after we eat.
By Larry the Cable Guy
New York, NY: Crown Publishers
The food here sucks so bad we pray after we eat!
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My wife has to be the worst cook ever. In my house we pray after we eat.