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 22, 2016
“I like my coffee like I like my women. In a plastic cup”

"I like my women like I like my coffee” is a meme that has been used on many GIFs. “A Negro comedian pulled this one: ‘I like my coffee strong and black—the same way I like my women’” was cited in the New York (NY) Amsterdam News in July 1944. “Hot..and black, too” was an answer in 1973. “Hot and sweet” was cited in 1974. “Hot, sweet and black” was cited in 1994. 

“I like my coffee like I like my women. In a plastic cup” is a joke from British comedian Eddie Izzard, as told in the video Eddie Izzard: Glorious (1997). Izzard’s joke has been printed on GIFs.

“I like my coffee like I like my women” joke variations include “I like my coffee like my women. Without a penis,” “I like my coffee like I like my women. I don’t like coffee,” “I like my women like I like my coffee. Ground up and in the freezer,” “I like my women like I like my coffee. Hot and on my lap” and “I like my women how I like my laptop. On my lap, turned on and virus free.”


Wikiquote: Eddie Izaard
Edward John “Eddie” Izzard (born 7 February 1962 in Yemen) is a British comedian and actor.
(...)
Glorious (1997)
. I like my coffee like I like my women… in a plastic cup.

29 July 1944, New York (NY) Amsterdam News, “Belittling Jokes Choke Minorities” by Abe Hill, pg. 8B, col. 1:
A Negro comedian pulled this one: “I like my coffee strong and black—the same way I like my women.”

12 May 1973, Journal and Guide (Norfolk, VA), “I Like My Coffee Like I Like My Women...,” pg. 10, col. 5:
“Madam,’ he said, ‘our coffee is cold. I like my coffee like I like my women—Hot!’

“‘Yes Sir,’ she replied with a grin. ‘And Black, too?’”

Google Books
WorkForce
Vocations for Social Change
Issues 38-43
1974
Pg. 28:
Part of the coffee ritual is forcing oneself to become inured to comments like: “Coffee, tea, or you7 “ or “I like my coffee like my women - hot and sweet.”

Wikiquote: Airlane!
Airplane!< is a 1980 film that spoofs airport disaster movies.
(...)
Young Girl Passenger: [when offered cream for her coffee] No thank you, I take it black…like my men.

Google Books
Bandit’s Embrace
By Georgina Gentry
New York, NY: Kensington Publishing Corporation
1989
Pg. 343:
“I like my coffee like I like my women, hot and sweet.”

Big ‘Un guffawed. “He likes it black, too.”

6 August 1992, Los Angeles (CA) Times, “After Personality Test, Jenkins Decides on Disenfranchised” by Dennis McLellan, pg. OC9, col. 2:
As an example, he (Robert Jenkins—ed.) offered his coffee joke: “Yeah, I like my coffee like I live my women...Bitter.”

Google Books
Musician
Issues 189-194
1994
Pg. 92:
He’d come up and say, “I like my coffee like I like my women: hot, sweet and black.”

IMDb.com (The Internet Movie Daabase)
Eddie Izzard: Glorious (1997 Video)
Quotes

Eddie: I like my coffee like I like my women… in a plastic cup.

Google Groups: alt.zoom
I like my women like I like my coffee - in a plastic cup
The Outlaw Torn
1/29/98
I just been watcing the first 30 miniutes of my Eddie Izzard (Glorious) video that I got for chrible. He’s one funny dude.

Google Groups: misc.education.language.english
Eddie Izzard’s Joke
stacie...@my-deja.com
3/14/00
The exact wording is indeed “I like my women like I like my coffee...in a plastic cup!”, but there’s nothing really sexist about it.  I suppose you have to see the whole thing in context.  Earlier in the show he generally does this whole bit on how you use talk about coffee as code for sexual banter.  “I like my women like I like my coffee… hot and steamy...ah, the curve of the spoon, the curve of your breast...” blah, blah, blah.  Then there’s a bit about how embarrasing it would be to misconstrue “Do you want a cup of coffee?” say, from the president of Burundi.  “Oh!  You really mean you want a cup of coffee!” The plastic cup line is supposed to be funny because you expect some big suave, James Bondian innuendo about coffee, and instead it’s “in a plastic cup!”.  Actually, Eddie seems to work very hard to avoid any sort of “mean” humor.

Google Books
Britain:
Be Fluent in British Life and Culture

By Andrew Whittaker
London: Thorogood
2009
Pg. 214:
“I LIKE MY COFFEE LIKE I LIKE MY WOMEN. IN A PLASTIC CUP.”
Eddie Izzard

Google Books
The Mammoth Book of Great British Humour
By Michael Powell
London: COnstable & Robinson Ltd
2010
Pg. ?:
I like my coffee like I like my women . . . in a plastic cup.
Eddie Izzard

Google Books
The Mammoth Book of Comic Quotes
By Geoff Tibballs
London: Constable & Robinson Ltd
2012
Pg. ?:
I like my coffee like I like my women – in a plastic cup.
EDDIE I ZZARD

Posted by Barry Popik
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