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 July 02, 2015
“A jumper cable 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 popular bar joke is:

“A jumper cable walks into a bar. The bartender says, ‘I’ll serve you, but don’t start anything.’”

The joke has been cited in print since at least 2003.


Google Groups: alt.support.arthritis
OTP: some Henny Youngman humor…
Norman
1/15/03
(...)
A jumper cable walks into a bar.
The barman says “I’ll serve you, but don’t start anything.”

Straight Dope Message Board
Weirddave
02-07-2003, 02:26 PM
Once more with feeling- TRULY AWFUL JOKES!!!!
(...)
A jumper cable walks into a bar. The barman says “I’ll serve you, but don’t start anything.”

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OT Humor One liners
Celtic Ferret
2/28/03
(...)
A jumper cable walks into a bar.The barmaid says “I’ll serve you, but > don’t start anything.”

Google Books
Fun-E-Mail
Edited by Dave Galey
Sun City, CA: Winlock
2005
Pg. 11:
A jumper cable walks into a bar. The bartender says, “I’ll serve you, but don’t start anything.”

Google News Archive
26 April 2006, Lake Region Times (Madison Lake, MN), , pg. 2, col. 2:
“Thought For The Day,”
A jumper cable walks into a bar. The bartender says, “I’ll serve you; but don’t start anything.”

Twitter
Dean Jensen
‏@Dean_Jensen
A jumper cable walks into a bar. The bartender says, “I’ll serve you, but don’t start anything.”
7:08 AM - 9 Jan 2007

Google Books
Jokes, Quotes, and Other Assorted Things
By Stephen Motway
Xlibris Corporation (Xlibris.com)
2011
Pg. 172:
A jumper cable walks into a bar. The barman says, “I’ll serve you, but don’t start anything.”

Google Books
Silly Jokes:
Dumb Jokes That Are Funny - Crazy Jokes and Stupid Riddles That Don’t Always Make Sense: Illustrated Edition

By Mature Jokemaker Jr.
Emo Media GmbH
2014
Pg. ?:
A jumper cable walks into a bar. The bartender says, “I’ll serve you, but don’t start anything.”

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityRestaurants/Bars/Bakeries/Food Stores • Thursday, July 02, 2015 • Permalink