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 February 23, 2016
“A goldfish walks into a bar…” (bar joke)

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

“A goldfish walks into a bar and looks at the bartender. The bartender asks, ‘What can I get you?’ The goldfish says, ‘Water.’”

The joke has been cited in print since at least 2006. “A fish walks into a bar...” is a similar joke that has been cited in print since at least 1997.


Google Groups: misc.news.internet.discuss
Needs Rimshots
Dave K
3/17/06
(...)
A goldfish walks into a bar and looks at the bartender. The bartender asks, “What can I get you?” The goldfish says, “Water.”

Google Groups: alt.life.sucks
Two jokes for you
Doug Donaghue
5/22/06
(...)
A goldfish walks into a bar.
“What can I get you?”, asks the Bartender.
“Water”, replies the goldfish.

Twitter
Brian Herman
‏@brianherman
Your daily groan:  A goldfish walks into a bar, The bartender asks, “What can I get you?” The goldfish says, “Water.”
9:04 AM - 10 Oct 2008

Google Groups: alt.messianic.yeshua
Re: TRUTH, Pure and Simple
Anon
12/7/08
(...)
A goldfish flops into a bar and looks at the bartender. The bartender asks, “What can I get you?” The goldfish says, “Water.”

Google Books
The Best ‘A Man Walks Into A Bar’ Jokes
By Billy Brownless
Crows Nest NSW: Allen & Unwin
2009
Pg. 51:
A goldfish walks into a bar and looks at the bartender. The bartender asks, “What can I get you?” The goldfish says, “Water.”

Google Books
The Mammoth Book of One-Liners
By Geoff Tibballs
London: Constable & Robinson Ltd
2012
Pg. ?:
A goldfish flops into a bar. THe bartender says, “What can I get you?” The goldfish gasps: “Water.”

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