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 August 25, 2012
“My watch is three hours fast, and I can’t fix it. So I’m going to move to New York.”

Life in New York City is often said to be at a faster pace than life anywhere else. New York’s time is three hours ahead of California’s.  The American comedian Steven Wright, in his A Steven Wright Special (HBO, 1986), said:

“My watch is three hours fast, and I can’t fix it. So I’m going to move to New York.”

The joke has been included on many joke lists. In a few citations, it’s made clear that the speaker lived in California when the watch became three hours’ fast.


Life on the moon by JJKentala
Steven Wright’s 1986 HBO special
Transcript from standup performance

(...)
My watch is three hours fast, and I can’t fix it. So I’m going to move to New York.

The Canonical List Of Steven Wright Jokes (And Look-alikes)
Date Received: Mon, 4 Apr 1994
Subject: Canonical List of Steven Wright Jokes, 04/04
(...)
My watch is three hours fast, and I can’t fix it. So I’m going to move to New York.

Snopes.com Message Board
Comic Relief?
Posted by Psihala on 24 December, 2002 07:13 AM:
(...)
-My watch is three hours fast, and I can’t fix it. So I’m going to move to New York.

fishducky, finally!
Friday, July 27, 2012
AND NOW, HE-E-E-E-RE’S STEVEN
(...)
My watch is 3 hours fast.  My jeweler in Los Angeles couldn’t fix it.  He said I should move to New York.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityTime/Weather • (1) Comments • Saturday, August 25, 2012 • Permalink


The phrase is like an idiom. It has a deeper meaning to it. I like how you get to dig this kind of joke. It is really fun to read.

Posted by rat control  on  08/28  at  02:44 AM

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