[Here are two quotes that demonstrate that George S. Kaufman could laugh at himself in the face of personal failure. The play Someone in the House, a Google search suggests, has been forgotten by history.]
“During the influenza epidemic of 1918, just after his first play had opened in New York, Kaufman reportedly went around advising people to ‘avoid crowds–see Someone in the House.'”
“After the flop of his first play, Someone in the House, Kaufman remarked, ‘there wasn’t.'”
Excerpted from: Drennan, Robert E., ed. The Algonquin Wits. New York: Kensington, 1985.