A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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“A Roman walks into a bar and orders a Martinus…” (bar joke)

“A guy walks into a bar...” is a typical form of what has been called the “bar joke.” “A Roman walks into a bar and orders a Martinus...” is one such popular bar joke. The bartender asks if he really wants a “Martini,” but the Roman—using correct Latin—replies, “If I wanted a double, I would have asked for it.”

The joke originated with the Canadian comedy duo of Wayne and Shuster, who performed the sketch Rinse the Blood Off My Toga on television’s The Ed Sullivan Show in May 1958:

FLAVIUS: Hi, Claud. What’s new?
CLAUDIUS: Nothin much. What’ll ya have?
FLAVIUS: Give me a Martinus.
CLAUDIUS: Don’t you mean a “Mar-ti-NI”?
FLAVIUS: If I want two, I’ll ask for it.


Wikipedia: Wayne and Shuster
Wayne and Shuster were a Canadian comedy duo formed by Johnny Wayne and Frank Shuster. They were active professionally from the early 1940s until the late 1980s.

Wayne (born Louis Weingarten, May 28, 1918 – July 18, 1990) and Shuster (September 5, 1916 – January 13, 2002) were well known in Canada, and were Ed Sullivan’s most frequently recurring guests, appearing a record 67 times on his show.

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benway
8/20/02
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A guy goes into a bar and orders a martinus. “You mean martini”, says the bartender. “No”, says the guy, “If I wanted two, I’d have said so.” -Ivan again

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Wayne and Shuster
Johnny Wayne and Frank Shuster: CBC Radio and television comediennes, known to Canadian and American audiences for their 67 appearances on “The Ed Sullivan Show” on CBS television, and having their own long running series on CBC television in Canada.
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One of my favorite lines from W&S is from “Rinse the Blood of my Toga”, where the hero, Flavius Maximus, the famous Private Roman Eye goes into a bar and orders a “Martinus”. The bartender asks him, “Don’t you mean “Martini?” Flavius shoots back “If I wanted two, I’d ask for them!”
An interesting note is Frank’s cousin, Joe Shuster, is the co-creator of Superman!!
posted by Celestial2920 @ 1:24 PM

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Rinse the Blood Off My Toga
kiwimush
Uploaded on Mar 15, 2007
a comedy derived from Julius Caesar
(The joke is at 4:46.—ed.)
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bryce holcomb Shared on Google+ · 3 months ago
“Gimme a martinus.”
“You mean a martini.”
“If I want two, I’ll ask for them.”

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David Braziel
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A Roman walks into a bar and orders a Martinus. Barman says: “You mean Martini?” Roman says: “If I want a double I’ll ask for one”
8:01 AM - 27 Nov 2009

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On Thu, Jul 7, 2011 at 1:41 PM, Steve (S.) Kirsch wrote:
A Roman walks into a bar and orders a martinus.  “Don’t you mean martini?” asks the barkeep.  The Roman says “No, I just want one”.

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A Roman walks into a bar and orders a martinus. The bartender asks, “You mean a martini, don’t you?” “Look,” says the Roman, “if I wanted a double I’d ask for it.”

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A Roman walks into a bar and orders a martinus.
“You mean a martini?” the bartender asks.
The Roman replies, “If I wanted a double, I would’ve asked for it!”

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12. Later, that same Roman goes to the bar and orders a Martinus.
“YOU MEAN A MARTINI?” THE BARTENDER ASKS.
THE ROMAN SAYS, “IF I WANTED A DOUBLE, I’D HAVE ASKED FOR IT.”

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3. A Roman legionnaire walks into a bar and orders a martinus. After a moment, the confused bartender replies, “You mean a martini?”

“Listen, bub,” the Roman replies, “if I wanted a double, I would have asked for it!”

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