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 January 11, 2016
“A gymnast 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 gymnast walks into a bar, and is rendered hors de combat” was cited on Twitter on October 25, 2010. “So this blind gymnast walks into a bar....” was cited on Twitter on March 23, 2011.

The joke became associated with the Olympics in the summer of 2012. “Gymnast walks into a bar. Loses 3 points. #Olympics Joke” was cited on Twitter on July 25, 2012.


Jef Mallett
MONDAY, MARCH 8, 2010
It’s all timing about
(...)
That, or delaying whatever gag I had in mind with two long digressions until I forgot whatever punch line I had in mind in the first place. I think maybe it was something about “… so a nearsighted gymnast walks into a bar.” It all too often is.
POSTED BY JEF MALLETT AT 11:23 AM 2 COMMENTS

Twitter
Karunakaran
‏@kskarun
.@notytony A gymnast walks into a bar, and is rendered hors de combat.
5:46 AM - 25 Oct 2010

Twitter
Patti Mayonaise
‏@CocoaBean_
#JokeOfTheDay So this blind gymnast walks into a bar....
2:30 PM - 23 Mar 2011

Twitter
Paul and Al
‏@PaulandAl
So a polish gymnast walks into a bar… http://fb.me/ZTHT53Sh
5:24 AM - 14 Apr 2011

Twitter
Ross Eldridge
‏@BarkingMadAmble
A gymnast walks into a bar. Clearly he needs to train a little more.
5:28 AM - 1 Jul 2011

Twitter
UPrinting SmallBiz
‏@UP_FeatBiz
Gymnast walks into a bar. Loses 3 points. #Olympics Joke
7:03 PM - 25 Jul 2012

Twitter
phil kuda
‏@philkuda
A gymnast walks into a bar. He loses major points and faffs his chances of a medal. #terrible #olympic #joke
4:46 PM - 30 Jul 2012

The Telegraph (UK)
London 2012: Best Olympic jokes
The Olympics don’t naturally inspire comedy gold, but if you can stop groaning at the terrible puns there are occasional laughs to be had.

7:00AM BST 10 Aug 2012
(...)
A gymnast walks into a bar ... He gets a two-point deduction and ruins his chances of a medal.

Google Books
More One Liners, Jokes and Gags
By Grant Tucker
London: The Robson Press
2013
Pg. ?:
A gymnast walks into a bar. He gets a two point deduction and ruins his chances of a medal.

Thought Catalog
OCTOBER 25, 2013
60 People On ‘The Best Lame Joke’ They Know
By Mandy Zucker
(...)
51. MisfitHula
Olympic gymnast walks into a bar, she doesn’t get a medal.

reddit
A gymnast walks into a bar… (self.Jokes)
submitted August 15, 2014 by thebeauska
She is then deducted five points.

reddit
An untalented gymnast walks into a bar. (self.Jokes)
submitted December 11, 2015 by denturedocelot

reddit
Mud
‏@MudBucket
a bad gymnast walks into a bar
3:01 PM - 12 Dec 2015

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