A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from October 10, 2014
“Our office just got a new conference table—it sleeps 16”

Workers often mentally fall asleep at some board meetings, prompting the joke:

“Our office just got a new conference table. It sleeps 16.”

“Our office just bought a new conference table. It’s eight feet wide, thirty feet long and sleeps twenty” was credited to American comedy writer Robert Orben in 1972.


Wikipedia: Robert Orben
Robert Orben (born March 4, 1927) is best known as an American professional comedy writer, though he also worked as a speechwriter for Gerald R. Ford and as a magician. He has written multiple books on comedy, mostly collections of gags and “one-liners” originally written for his newsletter, Orben’s Current Comedy, and he has also written books for magicians

30 April 1972, Panama City (FL) News Herald, “Quips & Quotes,” Family Weekly, pg. 27, col. 2:
Our office just bought a new conference table. It’s eight feet wide, thirty feet long and sleeps twenty. -Robert Orben

Google Books
2500 Jokes to Start ‘Em Laughing
By Robert Orben
Garden City, NY: Doubleday
1979
Pg. 130:
We just bought a new conference table. It’s eight feet wide, thirty feet long, and sleeps twenty!

26 June 1997, Waunakee (WI) Tribune, “Pause a Moment,” pg. 5, col. 3:
At our office, we just bought a new conference table. It’s eight feet wide, 20 feet long—and it comfortably sleeps 14.

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Funny One Liners
‏@funnyoneliners
Our office just got a new conference table. It sleeps sixteen.
11:58 AM - 26 Jan 2010

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Rahley Cleaning Services
January 27, 2010 ·
Our office just got a new conference table. It sleeps sixteen.

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Foster’s India
‏@FostersIn
#FostersFunny Our new conference table is 9 feet wide, 30 feet long, and sleeps 20.
9:30 AM - 5 Sep 2012

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newmerica
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We just bought a new conference table that sleeps 7 http://instagram.com/p/k5xn_wth2Z/
8:27 PM - 26 Feb 2014

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James Kurtis
October 3, 2014 at 10:16am ·
Our office just got a new conference table. It sleeps 16.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Friday, October 10, 2014 • Permalink