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

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Entry from August 18, 2009
“Diner: I’ve tasted fresher fish. Waiter: Not in here!” (Jewish joke)

A Jewish joke involves a diner (named Frieda or Freda or Miriam or Ethel or Izzy) who complains about a restaurant’s food. “I’ve tasted fresher fish,” the diner says. “Not in here!” snaps the waiter.

The joke dates to at least 2000.


Jewish Humor and Joke Page
Been Thar, Et Thet
Frieda had just finished her fish dinner. She was, however, not at all happy with it, so she called over the waiter.

“I’ve tasted fresher fish,” said Frieda.

“Not in here,” replied the waiter.

Google Groups: rec.humor.jewish
Newsgroups: rec.humor.jewish
From: (Renee )
Date: 2000/01/24
Subject: Some Shorties

The diner was not happy with his meal.  So he called the waiter over.
“I’ve tasted fresher fish,” said the customer.
“Not in here,” returned the offended waiter.

Unsolved Mysteries
Author:  Wooden Nickel Category:(Humor) Created:(11/14/2004 3:21:00 PM)
Miriam had just finished her fish dinner. She was, however, not at all happy with it, so she called over the waiter.

“I’ve tasted fresher fish,” said Miriam.

“Not in here,” replied the waiter.

Daily Comedy
The Adventures of Ethel: The Fish
By: Rocky the Bulldog (C)
Submitted: Jun 22, 2006
Category: News

Ethel had just finished her fish dinner. She was, however, not at all happy with it, so she called over the waiter.

“I’ve tasted fresher fish,” said Ethel.

“Not in here,” replied the waiter.

Google Books
Oy!: The Ultimate Book of Jewish Jokes
By David Minkoff
New York, NY: St. Martin’s Press
2007
Pg. 75:
Freda had just finished her fish dinner. She was not at all happy with it, however, so she called over the waiter.

“I’ve tasted fresher fish,” said Freda.

“Not in here,” replied the waiter.

Google Books
Arthur Schwartz’s Jewish Home Cooking:
Yiddish recipes revisited

By Arthur Schwartz
Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press
2008
Pg. 143:
Izzy is eating fish at his favorite dairy restaurant. The waiter comes by and asks, “Is everything okay?”

“Well,” says Izzy, “I’ve eaten fresher fish.”

“Not here you haven’t,” says the waiter.
-- Old Jewish joke

Posted by Barry Popik
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