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 March 10, 2016
“If God wanted us to bend over, He’d have put diamonds on the floor”

Brooklyn-born comedian Joan Rivers (1933-2014)—no fan of exercise—said in 1988:

“I don’t work out. If God wanted us to bend over, He’d put diamonds on the floor.”

The one-line saying became one of her most popular jokes.


Wikipedia: Joan Rivers
Joan Alexandra Molinsky (June 8, 1933 – September 4, 2014), better known as Joan Rivers, was an American actress, comedian, writer, producer, and television host noted for her often controversial comedic persona—where she was alternately self-deprecating or sharply acerbic, especially toward celebrities and politicians.

10 July 1988, Chicago (IL) Tribune, magazine, pg. 4, col. 1:
“I don’t work out. If God wanted us to bend over, He’d put diamonds on the floor.”
Joan Rivers

22 September 1988, Aberdeen (SD) American News, Out & About sec., pg. 8D, col. 3:
JOAN RIVERS: “I don’t work out. If God wanted us to bend over, He’d put diamonds on the floor.”

5 November 1988, Screen International, “In Confidence” by Peter Noble, pg. 6, col. 4:
QUOTES TO CHERISH: “Unlike Jane Fonda, I don’t work out or do any exercise...If God wanted us to bend over he’d have put diamonds on the floor”: JOAN RIVERS

Google Books
Eat These Words:
A Delicious Collection of Fat-Free Food for Thought

By Michael Cader and Debby Roth
New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers
1991
Pg. 51:
I’m Jewish. I don’t work out. If God wanted us to bend over he’d put diamonds on the floor.
JOAN RIVERS

Google Books
The Mammoth Book of Comic Quotes
By Geoff Tibballs
London: Constable & Robinson Ltd
2004
If God had wanted us to bend over, he’d have put diamonds on the floor.
JOAN RIVERS

The Telegraph (UK)
Joan Rivers: her best one-liners
After the death of Joan Rivers, we look at her funniest one-liners

By Helena Kealey
8:45PM BST 04 Sep 2014
(...)
“I don’t exercise. If God wanted us to bend over, he’d put diamonds on the floor”

Twitter
Jewish Comedians
‏@JewishComedians
Joan Rivers: I’m Jewish. I don’t work out. If God had wanted us to bend over, He would have put diamonds on the floor. | #Quotes
4:23 PM - 9 Mar 2016

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityExercise/Running/Health Clubs • Thursday, March 10, 2016 • Permalink