I heard this on a David Frost show from the 60s. It’s got me wondering who was the first comedian to use this joke form.
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Groucho Marx used to use this phrase. For example, in A Night in Casablanca his character said, “I’ve seen five o’clock shadow, but this is ridiculous!” Don’t know if it originated with him or not, though.