One-Liner Wednesday — I Love My Cigar

“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.

16 thoughts on “One-Liner Wednesday — I Love My Cigar

    • Fandango March 2, 2022 / 8:18 am

      Thanks, Jim. The one-liner by itself wouldn’t have made much sense if I didn’t put it in context.

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  1. bikerchick57 March 2, 2022 / 7:16 am

    LOL! I can understand why they didn’t put that on the air in those days, but that’s hilarious!

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Steve Tanham March 2, 2022 / 8:06 am

    Wonderful. We’re on holiday. I read it out to my wife on the room’s patio, this afternoon She’s still laughing and we’re on our second bottle of wine at dinner…😎

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Marleen March 2, 2022 / 9:48 am

    To which Groucho quipped, my dear.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Lauren March 2, 2022 / 8:32 pm

    That is a very funny story I never heard before. Quite typical for Groucho.

    Liked by 1 person

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