“I love my cigar, too, but I take it out of my mouth once in a while.”
Groucho Marx, American comedian, actor, writer, stage, film, radio, and television star.
Let me put this quote in context. From 1947 through 1961, Grouch was the host of a television/radio game show called “You Bet Your Life.” It started on radio, but soon became a TV show and ran for 14 seasons. While the show was a quiz show, it was Groucho’s comedic interplay with contestants and often with his announcer, George Fenneman, that made the show so popular.
There was one exchange that Groucho had with a female contestant that never made it on the air because the NBC network censors thought it was too risqué. But the exchange went something like this.
The woman told Groucho that she and her husband had 17 children. Groucho responded, “Why do you have so many children? That’s a big responsibility and a big burden.”
The woman said, “Well, because I love my children and I think that’s our purpose here on Earth, and I love my husband.”
To which Groucho replied, “I love my cigar, too, but I take it out of my mouth once in a while.”
Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt.