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 31, 2015
“A grasshopper 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 popular joke involving a grasshopper (hinting at the Grasshopper cocktail) is:

“A grasshopper goes into a bar and orders a martini. The bartender says, in passing, ‘Do you know we have a drink named after you?’ The grasshopper says, ‘No really? You have a drink named Howard?’”

The joke (the grasshopper’s personal name varies) has been cited in print since at least 1961.


18 August 1961, Chronicle-Telegram (Elyria, OH), “Chit-Chat On Paar’s Show Most Satisfying” by Doc Quigg (UPI), pg. 17, col. 2:
(Jack—ed.) Paar keeps up with the new jokes making the rounds. It wasn’t three days alter I heard the one about the talking grasshopper that he was telling it on his show (The man said lo the grasshopper, “We’ve got a drink named after you.” The grasshopper said: “You’ve got a drink named Irving?").

12 September 1961, Cleveland (OH) Plain Dealer, “Main Street Meditations” by Eleanor Clarage, pg. 19, col. 1:
Seems a grasshopper went into a bar, ordered a martini, and fell into conversation with the bartender, who said, “Say, do you know we have a drink named after you?”

Asked the grasshopper, “You mean ‘Howard’?”

2 October 1969, The Evening Times (Trenton, NJ), “Stop Me If You’ve...” by Don MacLean, pg. 16, col. 1:
A grasshopper goes into a bar and orders a martini. The bartender says, in passing, “Do you know we have a drink named after you?” The grasshopper says, “No really? You have a drink named Howard?”

Google News Archive
21 March 1997, Milwaukee (WI) Journal Sentinel, “A few laughs from an old friend” by William Janz,pg. 1B, col. 1:
“Grasshopper walks into a bar, sits down and the bartender says, ‘Hey, we got a drink named after you.’ And the grasshopper says, ‘Why would you name a drink Bob?’”

Google Books
A Guy Goes Into a Bar ...
By Al Tapper and Peter Robert Press
Kansas City, MO: Andrews McMeel Publishing
2000
Pg. 188:
A grasshopper goes into a bar and orders a beer. The bartender says, “You know, we have a drink named after you here.” The grasshopper looks puzzled and replies, “You have a drink named Fred?”

Google News Archive
30 April 2001, Lawrence (KS) Journal-World, “First 100 days on foreign policy” by jim Hoagland, pg. 6B, col. 2:
WASHINGTON — Grasshopper walks into a bar. Bartender: “We’ve got a drink named after you.” Grasshopper: “You’ve got a drink named Morton?”

Google Books
Jerry and Tom
By Rick Cleveland
New York, NY: Samuel French
2002
Pg. 12:
TOM. You got a joke?
TONY. This grasshopper walks into a bar, the bartender says, You know, we got a drink named after you. The grasshopper goes, What, you got a drink named Kevin?

Google News Archive
10 March 2002, The Blade (Toledo, OH), Pg. C2 masthead:
They said it
“A grasshopper walks into a bar. Bartender says. ‘We’ve got a drink named after you.’ And the grasshopper says, ‘You’ve got a drink named Irving?"”

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityRestaurants/Bars/Bakeries/Food Stores • Saturday, January 31, 2015 • Permalink


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