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 October 18, 2012
“Like a pork chop at a Bar Mitzvah” (out of place)

The expression “like a pork chop at a Bar Mitzvah” means that something is out of place and unwelcome. A pork chop is not kosher and cannot be served at a Bar Mtizvah. “Going over like a pork chop at a bar mitzvah” was cited in print in 1962.


Google News Archive
14 December 1962, St. Petersburg (FL) Times, “Best of New York” by Earl Wilson, pg. 18D, col. 3:
He followed brilliant singing comic George Kirby who claimed he was “going over like a pork chop at a bar mitzvah” but was delightful.

Google Books
Inside Music City, U.S.A.
By Teddy Bart
Nashville, TN: Aurora
1970
Pg. 86:
Amid the sea atmosphere and standing out like a pork chop at a Bar Mitzvah was a giant juke box with each number a John Loudermilk hit.

Google News Archive
19 November 1994, The Gazette (Montreal, Quebec), “TV & Radio” by Mike Boone, pg. B9, col. 6:
...recent recently released flicks for a pop and enjoy sweet release from the tyranny of modern movie theatres, where anyone older than 16 feels like a pork chop at a bar mitzvah.

18 February 2001, Indiana (PA) Gazette, “Roker, Altoona at odds” by Rick Weaver, pg. C1, col. 1:
If there was any doubt that Chamberlain was not so well-liked Orr erased it when he described the onetime Philadelphia Overbrook High great as being about as welcome as a pork chop at a bar mitzvah.

Google Books
Christmas on Television
By Diane Werts
Westport,CT: Praeger Publishers
2009
Pg. 117:
The rebel-student Sweathogs of ABC’s Welcome Back, Kotter classroom spend the 1976 holiday kidding their Brooklyn neighborhood’s local bum ("You guys are as funny as a pork chop at a bar mitzvah").

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A Long Walk Up the Waterslide:
A Neal Carey Mystery

By Don Winslow
New York, NY: Open Road Integrated Media
2010
Pg. ?:
Karen cuddled the sobbing Candy while Neal sat there paralyzed by this female display of emotion and feeling about as comfortable as a pork chop at a bar mitzvah.

Fredquarters Marketing by Fred Kaplowitz
Monday, March 26, 2012
The Pork Chop and The Bar Mitzvah. Are You Marketing To The Right Segment?
A common objection to a new or semi new idea is usually “Din’t work. Tried It.” I think what some people are saying here is, yes, they really did try the idea and implemented it the same old way and when they didn’t get the results they expected, then the conclusion was the idea must be wrong.

Was it because the pork chop didn’t fit the bar Mitzvah menu? It never does. Pork chops just don’t belong on a Bar Mitzvah menu.  Likewise, not all products resonate with every one.  In fact, you need to find a group of people who want certain benefits from a product and then give it to them

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • (0) Comments • Thursday, October 18, 2012 • Permalink