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 June 13, 2017
“I crossed the road, walked into a bar, and changed a lightbulb…” (joke)

"I crossed the road, walked into a bar, and changed a light bulb. Then I realized that my life was a joke” is a joke that combine three popular memes. “Has changed a lightbulb, crossed the road and walked into a bar today. He is beginning to think his life is a big joke” was posted on Twitter on November 27, 2008. The order of the three memes has varied.

“I changed a light bulb, walked into a bar and crossed the road. It was only then I realized...my life was a joke” has been printed on T-shirts.


Twitter
daimexmachina‏
@daimexmachina
has changed a lightbulb, crossed the road and walked into a bar today. He is beginning to think his life is a big joke smile
6:37 AM - 27 Nov 2008

8 January 2009, The Herald (Glasgow, Scotland), “The Diary” by Ken Smith, pg. 13:
“I WAS just working out that at the weekend I changed a lightbulb, crossed the road, and walked into a bar, “ said the chap having a few beers the other night.

“It was then I realised that my life was turning into one big joke.”

Twitter
Rod Flo‏
@RodolfoRamosJr
Yesterday evening, I had to change a lightbulb. later on, I crossed the road and walked into a bar.
I realised my life was a big joke.
5:16 AM - 29 Apr 2009

Twitter
Darragh Doyle‏
@darraghdoyle
Replying to @ladydotty
@ladydotty Yesterday, I had to change a lightbulb. A bit later on, I crossed the road and walked into a bar. I realised my life was a joke.
9:29 AM - 8 May 2009

Twitter
Jason Gilbert‏
@JasonGilbert
Today I changed a light bulb, crossed the road and walked into a bar. My life is just one big joke.
10:49 PM - 21 Jun 2010

Reddit—Jokes
I crossed the road, walked into a bar, and changed a lightbulb
submitted May 7, 2016 by Undercovergeek24
Then I realized that my life was a joke…

Twitter
Joke Authority‏
@JokeAuthority
I crossed the road, walked into a bar, and changed a light bulb. Then I realized that my life was a joke…
7:13 PM - 14 May 2016

Twitter
Shit Jokes‏
@ShitJokes
Yesterday evening I had to change a lightbulb, a bit later on I crossed the road. Then I walked into a bar..
My life is a joke.
12:56 PM - 13 Jun 2017

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityStreets • Tuesday, June 13, 2017 • Permalink