I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn’t it.

Groucho Marx (1890-1977) American comedian [b. Julius Henry Marx]

Groucho (in 1962) denied ever using the phrase (attributed to him as early as 1941). The earliest, somewhat dubious instance of it found is in 1936, attributed to comedian Hugh Hubert.  More here.
Added on 1-Feb-04 | Last updated 7-Apr-17
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