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 May 04, 2015
“If your name is on the building, you’re rich”

American comedian Rich Hall said on the television show Late Night with Conan O’Brien on July 17, 1995:

“When you go to work in the morning, if your name is on the building—you’re rich, if your name is on your desk—you’re middle class, and if you’re name is on your shirt—you’re poor.”

Hall’s quotation has been frequently cited.


Wikipedia: Rich Hall
Richard “Rich” Hall (born 10 June 1954) is an American comedian, writer and musician.

“Late Night with Conan O’Brien” archive
ABSTRACT: Monday July 17, 1995
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“Late Night with Conan O’Brien” #425
(...)
SECOND GUEST: Rich Hall (comedian)
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- Conan intorduces Rich as an edgy political commedian and when Rich comes out Conan says “I don’t usually think of you as a political comedian”.
- R: “Yeah, I’m trying to bring the thinking man back into the comedy clubs, and tomorrow night I’ll be at Knuckleheads”
- RH talks about how silly conspiracy theories are
- “Who would want to take over the US.  Most people can’t even get through traffic cones in an intersection much less take over the country.”

- How you know what class you’re in
- “When you go to work in the morning, if your name is on the building - you’re rich, if your name is on your desk - you’re middle class, and if you’re name is on your shirt - you’re poor.”

Google Books
It’s a Man’s World:
800 Jokes from the Guy’s (Warped) Point of View

By Judy Brown
New York, NY: Barnes & Noble Books
2005
Pg. 78:
When you go to work if your name is on the building, you’re rich. lf you’re name is on your desk, you’re middle-class. lf your name is on your shirt, you’re poor.—Rich Hall

The Telegraph (UK)
On the road: Jo Brand, Rich Hall and Mark Thomas
Dominic Cavendish 12:01AM GMT 05 Dec 2005
(...)
(Rich—ed.) Hall, a former Perrier-winner with a knack for improvising country and western serenades to audience members, is as whisky-dry as always. He has come up with a fantastic definition of how to evaluate modern-day success: “If your name is on the outside of the building, you’re rich. If your name is on the desk, you’re doing OK. If it’s on your shirt, you’re poor.”

Google Books
Choices in Relationships:
An Introduction to Marriage and the Family

By David Knox and Caroline Schacht
Boston, MA: Cengage Learning
2013
Pg. 122:
When you go to work, if your name is on the building, you’re rich. If your name is on the desk, you’re middle class. If your name is on your shirt, you’re poor.
RICH HALL, WRITER

The Sun (Chapel Hill, NC)
SUNBEAMS MAY 2013 | ISSUE 449
When you go to work, if your name is on the building, you’re rich. If your name is on your desk, you’re middle-class. If your name is on your shirt, you’re poor.
Rich Hall

Monterey County Herald (Monterey, CA)
What’s Your Quotation Quotient? July 7
By Arlen Grossman
UPDATED: ON 07/05/2013
(...)
Bonus Quote of the Day:
“When you go to work, if your name is on the building, you’re rich. If your name is on your desk, you’re middle-class. If your name is on your shirt, you’re poor.” — Rich Hall
(Hall, b. 1954, is an American comedian and writer.)

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Monday, May 04, 2015 • Permalink