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

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Entry from November 07, 2016
“What did the turkey say before it was roasted?"/"Boy! I’m stuffed!”

A Thanksgiving turkey riddle is:

Q: What did the turkey say before it was roasted?
A: “Boy! I’m stuffed!”


The joke has been cited in print since at least 1973.


15 July 1973, Pittsburgh (PA) Press, “Mini Jokes,” The Mini Page, pg. 3, col. 1:
Q. What did the turkey say before he went into the oven?
A. “Oh boy. I’m stuffed.”
Ron Haught (Tarentum)

Google Books
Let’s Celebrate Thanksgiving
By Connie Roop and Peter Roop
Illustrated by Gwen Connelly
Brookfield, CT: Millbrook Press
1999
Pg. 2:
Q: What did the turkey say just before it was popped into the oven?
A: I’m really stuffed.

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Boy! I’m stuffed!

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What did the turkey say before it was roasted?
Boy! I’m stuffed! (Jokes 4U)

22 November 2004, The Times (Shreveport, LA), “Serve turkey with a side of laughter” by Doreen Nagle (Gannett News Service), pg. 2D, col. 4:
QUESTION: What did the turkey say to the cook as he was being put in the oven?
ANSWER: “Boy, am I stuffed!”

Google Books
Joke & Riddle Ballyhoo
By Jacqueline Horsfall
Illustrated by Jackie Snider
New York, NY: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
2005
Pg. 50:
What did the turkey say to the dressing?
“I’m stuffed!”

November 2006, Professional Safety, “Turkey Day Clunkers,” pg. 64, col. 2:
What did the turkey say before it was roasted?
Boy, I’m stuffed.

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‏@gcgreg
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Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Monday, November 07, 2016 • Permalink