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Entry from August 05, 2015
“Enough about me. What do YOU think about me?” (actor joke)

An old joke is told about a self-absorbed actor who then says, “But enough enough about me. Let’s talk about you. What do you think about me?”

The joke was cited in Punch magazine in 1928 and was widely reprinted in American newspapers. The actress Bette Midler said in the movie Beaches (1988), “But enough about me, let’s talk about you...what do YOU think of me?”

The joke has expanded beyond actors and is said about any self-absorbed person.


27 July 1928, The Evening Tribune (Albert Lea, MN), pg. 2, col. 2:
Shrinking Violet
Celebrity (after lengthy monopoly of the conversation)—“But enough about me; let us talk about yourself. Tell me—what do you think about my part in the new play?”—Punch.

3 August 1928, Bellingham (WA) Herald, pg. 10, col. 4:
SHRINKING VIOLET
Celebrity (after lengthy monopoly of the conversation)—“But enough about me; let us talk about yourself. Tell me—what do you think about my part in the new play?”—Punch.

Google News Archive
30 April 1949, Lewiston (ME) Daily Sun, “Sunbeams” by Charles Allen Branham, pg. 4, col. 2:
LITTLE SHINES
Movie Actress: (after a lengthy monopoly of the conversation) —"But enough about me; let us talk about yourself. Tell me—what do you think of my new picture?”

Google News Archive
26 January 1954, The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA), pg. 4, col. 1:
The United States and Russia will talk over atomic control. First Russia will outline its own plan, then say: “But enough about me, now let’s talk about you. What do you think of my plan?”

Google Books
March 1980, Boys’ Life, “Think & Grin,” pg. 81, col. 2:
He: Well, that’s enough about me. Let’s talk about you for a while.
She: All right. What do you want to know?
He: What do you think of me? — Tim Hudson, Lakewood, N.J.

Google Books
13 February 1984, New York magazine, “Getting Koched” by Michael Kramer, pg. 21, col. 3:
He is like the narcissistic Hollywood director in the old story who says to a friend, “Enough about me. Let’s talk about you. What do you think of me?”

IMDb.com (The Internet Movie Database)
Beaches (1988)
Quotes

CC Bloom: But enough about me, let’s talk about you… what do YOU think of me?

Twitter
JW
‏@johnpolloloco
Enough about me, lets talk about you. What do YOU think of me?
1:56 PM - 1 Nov 2007

YouTube
Enough About Me
Rob Schnapp
Published on Sep 1, 2012
Bette Midler in Beaches says “But enough about me, let’s talk about you. What do you think of me?”

PJ Media
Debate Predictions—Passing the Trump Test
by Roger L Simon
AUGUST 6, 2015 - 2:55 AM
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It’s like the old joke about actors: “Enough about me. What do you think about me?”

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityMusic/Dance/Theatre/Film • Wednesday, August 05, 2015 • Permalink