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 March 03, 2017
“Slept like a log last night. I woke up in the fireplace”

"Slept like a log last night. Woke up in the fireplace” is a joke that has been printed on several images. “I slept like a log last night. I must have. I woke up in the fireplace” has been cited in print since at least January 1961, when it was credited to Hollywood columnist Mike Connolly (1914-1966).

The line has frequently been credited to British prop comedian Tommy Cooper (1921-1984), but it’s unlikely that Cooper said it as early as 1961.


Wikipedia: Mike Connolly
Mike Connolly (1914 – November 18, 1966) was an American magazine reporter and primarily a Hollywood columnist.

19 January 1961, Raleigh Register (Beckley, WV), “Hollywood-Vine News and Views” by Erskine Johnson, pg. 4, col. 4:
That weekend hangover line:
“I slept like a log last night—I must have because I woke up in the fireplace.”

22 February 1961, Chicago (IL) Daily Defender, “Try and Stop Me” by Bennett Cerf, pg. 10, col. 1:
Mike Connolly started off the new year by reporting, “I slept like a log last night. I must have. I woke up in the fireplace.”

31 December 1965, Detroit (MI) Free Press, “Judd Arnett Says: The Tops of the Year,” pg. 14-B, col. 7:
AND BEST NEW YEAR’S EVE ADVICE OF THE YEAR—Johnny Carson’s reminder: “You have had enough when you feel as though you had slept like a log—and wake up in the fireplace.”

Google Books
Devon: Accessible, Contemporary Guides by Local Experts
By Simon Heptinstall
Richmond: Crimson
2008
Pg. 77:
They later formed the basis of his (Tommy Cooper’s—ed.) act although he deliberately got them wrong for humorous effect, along with his West Country accent and a sequence of surreal one-liners, such as: ‘I slept like a log last night and woke up in the fireplace’ and “I had a ploughman’s lunch the other day, he wasn’t half mad.”

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Spoonful of Tea‏
@tradingnothing
“I slept like a log last night. Woke up in the fireplace.” Tommy Cooper lol
1:01 PM - 22 Jan 2009

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Crap Jokes‏
@TheCrapJoker
Slept like a log last night..
Woke up in the fireplace.
11:15 AM - 13 Mar 2015

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Excuse the Pun‏
@ExcuseThePun
Slept like a log last night.
I woke up in the fireplace.
3:10 PM - 13 Oct 2016

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