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

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from March 06, 2016
“A file folder walks into a bar…” (bar joke)

“A guy walks into a bar...” is a typical form of what has been called the “bar joke.” One version is:

“A file folder walks into a bar, orders a drink and says, ‘Bartender, put it on my tab!’”

The joke has been cited in print since at least 2007. “A duck walks into a bar and says, ‘Put it on my bill!’” is a similarly themed joke.


ClutchFans
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macalu
09-10-2007, 01:27 PM
a manilla folder walks into a bar, orders a bunch of drinks, and tells the bartender, “put it on my tab.”

Walks Into a Bar Jokes
TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2009
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A file folder walks into a bar, orders a drink and and say “Bartender, put it on my tab !”

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Billy Idle
‏@funinmyhair
so a manilla folder walks into a bar and says put it on my tab
4:45 PM - 20 Sep 2009

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Brand Gamblin
‏@brandg
Duck walks into a bar, orders a gin and tonic, and says, “Put it on my tab.” . . . no, wait. DAMMIT!
2:53 PM - 23 Jul 2014

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S.P.Richards Company
‏@SPRichards
A hanging folder walks into a bar. “The usual?”, asks the bartender. “Yeah”, says the folder. “Put it on my tab.”
2:46 PM - 27 Mar 2015

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityRestaurants/Bars/Bakeries/Food Stores • Sunday, March 06, 2016 • Permalink