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Entry from February 19, 2017
“I saw an ad that said, ‘TV for sale-Volume Stuck on Full.’ I couldn’t turn that down”

A television joke is:

“I was walking down the road the other day and I saw this advert in the window that said. ‘Television For Sale—Pounds 1—Volume Stuck On Full.’ I thought: ‘I can’t turn that down.’”

The joke has been cited in print since at least 2003 and has been credited to English writer and comedian Tim Vine.


Wikipedia: Time Vine
Timothy Mark “Tim” Vine (born 4 March 1967) is an English writer, actor, comedian and presenter, known for his quick-fire puns and his role on the BBC series Not Going Out until his departure in 2012. He has released a number of DVDs of his stand-up comedy and has written several joke books. In 2010 and 2014, Vine won the award for best joke at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Google Groups: alt.ozdebate
My busy day
Peter
7/28/03
(...)
I saw a bargain the other day, a TV set for $1. Only problem was the volume control which was stuck on full. Come on, how can you turn that down?

Twitter
Steven Bellamy
‏@Ivorb1
Walking down the road the other day, I saw an advert that said “TV for Sale - £1-Volume Stuck On Full”. I thought: “I can’t turn that down”!
5:48 AM - 21 Jun 2009

Twitter
Phil Wiltshire
‏@philthep0wer
Just saw an advert in a shop window that said “Television for Sale - £1- Volume Stuck On Full”. I thought “I can’t turn that down”
4:28 PM - 24 Jun 2009

29 August 2009, Daily Mail (London, UK), “It’s the way we tell ‘em” by Claire Cohen, pg. 33:
I WAS walking down the road the other day and I saw this advert in the window that said Television For Sale - Pounds 1 - Volume Stuck On Full. I thought: ‘I can’t turn that down.’
Tim Vine

24 August 2010, Daily Mail (London, UK), “Laugh-out-loud gags from the comic who’s just won the prize for funniest one-liner of the year,” pg. 15:
Here we present a selection of some of his (Tim Vine’s—ed.) best one-liners.

I was walking down the road the other day and I saw this advert in the window that said: ‘Television for sale, Pounds 1, volume stuck on full.’ I thought: ‘I can’t turn that down.’

Google Books
The (Not Quite) Biggest Ever Tim Vine Joke Book: Children’s Edition
By Tim Vine
London: Red Fox
2011
Pg. 115:
I saw an advert which said ‘Television for sale, £1, but it’s stuck on full volume.’ How can you turn that down?

The Telegraph (UK)
Tim Vine’s top ten jokes
The ten best one-liners from Tim Vine, 2012’s winner of the joke of the year award.

2:01PM GMT 09 Feb 2012
(...)
I saw this advert in a window that said: “Television for sale, £1, volume stuck on full.” I thought, “I can’t turn that down.”

Reddit—Jokes
Yesterday I saw an ad that said “radio for sale, $1, volume stuck on full”
submitted February 23, 2016 by FastMazader
I thought, “I can’t turn that down”

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityRadio/Television • Sunday, February 19, 2017 • Permalink