Drummers have been the subject of many jokes. One popular joke is:
Q: What doyou call someone who hangs out with musicians?
A: A drummer.
It’s not known who first told the joke, but the joke has been popular since at least the late 1980s or early 1990s. THe following was cited in print in 1987:
“What do you call a deaf guy that hangs around with musicians? A drummer.”
(He does, however, recognize that the situation can be troublesome for others and cites the old joke: “What do you call a deaf guy that hangs around with musicians? A drummer.")
Google News Archive
4 July 1993, The Blade (Toledo, OH), “Humor & harmony: Jokes are a part of orchestra life” by Willa J. Conrad, sec. G, pg. 1, col. 5:
Q: What do you call someone who hangs around with musiians?
A: A drummer.
Los Angeles (CA) Times
Laugh Lines : Jokes
May 31, 1994
What do you call a guy who hangs out with musicians? A drummer.
--Noreen Clark, L.A. (A drummer’s wife)
4 April 1995, Daily Herald (Chicago, IL), “Sympathies to symphony when Burt’s in the house” by Burt Constable, sec. 1, pg. 10, col. 2:
The percussion section reminds me of a musical joke. What do you call someone who hangs out with musicians?
8 Drummers Who Became Guitarists
By Gavin Edwards (Rolling Stone)
July 3, 2014 12:45 PM
An old joke: “What do you call someone who likes to hang out with musicians? A drummer.” Over the years, musicians have made the transition from a drum kit to a guitar for many reasons, ranging from the need to avoid the physical demands of drumming to the desire to stand up during a show. In fact, some of the world’s greatest guitarists started out behind a kit. And the ex-drummers who don’t make themselves into guitar heroes? Well, at least they have good senses of rhythm.
@Ashton5SOS What do you call a guy that hangs out with musicians? A drummer! @5SOS
4:52 AM - 6 Jul 2014