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 November 19, 2017
“I used to work in a fire hydrant factory. You couldn’t park anywhere near the place”

"I used to work in a fire hydrant factory. You couldn’t park anywhere near the place” is a popular parking joke from American stand-up comedian Steven Wright. Wright said on his debut comedy album I Have a Pony (recorded in 1985):

“I used to work for the factory where they make hydrants, but you couldn’t park anywhere near them.”


Wikipedia: Steven Wright
Steven Alexander Wright (born December 6, 1955) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and an Oscar-winning film producer. He is known for his distinctly lethargic voice and slow, deadpan delivery of ironic, philosophical, and sometimes nonsense jokes, paraprosdokians, non sequiturs, anti-humor, and one-liners with contrived situations.[3]

Wright was ranked as the twenty-third greatest comedian by Comedy Central in a list of the 100 greatest stand-up comics.

Wikipedia: I Have a Pony
I Have a Pony is the debut comedy album by American stand-up comedian Steven Wright, released in 1985. It was recorded at Wolfgang’s in San Francisco and Park West in Chicago. I Have a Pony is 40 minutes long and consists entirely of Wright’s typical style of one-line jokes.
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Track listing
“Introduction” - 4:14
“Ants” - 4:42

YouTube
“ANTS" by Steven Wright (HD)
Thomas Lydon
Published on Feb 10, 2017
“I used to work in a fire hydrant factory. You couldn’t park anywhere near the place.” From Steven Wright’s 1987 Grammy nominated Best Comedy Album “I Have A Pony”.
1:55
“I used to work for the factory where they make hydrants, but you couldn’t park anywhere near them.”

Google Books
1,911 Best Things Anybody Ever Said
Selected and compiled by Robert Byrne
New York, NY: Fawcett Books
1988
Pg. 252:
573
I used to work in a fire hydrant factory. You couldn’t park anywhere near the place.
Steven Wright

7 May 1988, Los Angeles (CA) Times, pt. 9, pg. 4, col. 6:
“I used to work in a fire hydrant factory. You couldn’t park anywhere near the place.”
-- Steven Wright, comedian

Google Books
Successful Stand-up Comedy
Advice from a Comedy Writer

By Gene Perret
Hollywood, CA: S. French
1994
Pg. 99:
I used to work in a fire-hydrant factory. You couldn’t park anywhere near the place. — Steven Wright

Twitter
Silicon Wisdom‏
@siwisdom
I used to work in a fire hydrant factory.  You couldn’t park anywhere
near the place.
—Steven Wright
6:21 PM - 17 Sep 2007

Google Books
Forbes Book of Quotations:
10,000 Thoughts on the Business of Life

Edited by Ted Goodman
New York, NY: Hachette Books
2016
Pg. ?:
I used to work in a fire hydrant factory. You couldn’t park anywhere near the place.
Steven Wright

Twitter
EK‏
@eissie59
I used to work in a fire hydrant factory. You couldn’t park anywhere near the place. -Stephen Wright #funny
12:06 AM - 18 Nov 2017

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityStreets • Sunday, November 19, 2017 • Permalink