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 September 07, 2017
“Why did the clown cross the road?"/"To find his rubber chicken.”

“Why did the chicken cross the road?"/"To get to the other side” is a classic riddle from the 19th century. A clown version is:

Q: Why did the clown cross the road?
A: To find his rubber chicken.


“Why did the clown cross the road? To rob a Kwik-E-Mart” was posted on the newsgroup alt.tv.simpsons on April 6, 1992. The rubber chicken punchline has been cited in print since at least 2000.


Wikipedia: Rubber chicken
A rubber chicken is a prop used in comedy. The phrase is also used as a description for food served at speeches, conventions, and other large meetings, and as a metaphor for speechmaking. 

Google Groups: alt.tv.simpsons
[7G12] Krusty Get Busted (!)
Raymond Chen
4/6/92
(...)
Why did the clown cross the road?
To rob a Kwik-E-Mart.
A new story behind that enigmatic half-joke after this commercial message.
-- Scott Christian anchors the newscast, ``Krusty Gets Busted’’

30 October 2000, Ukiah (CA) Daily Journal, “Kid Scoop,” pg. 12, col. 2:
Why did the clown cross the road?
ANSWER: To find his rubber chicken.

7 November 2000, The Tribune (Seymour, IN), “Kid Scoop,” pg. 4B, col. 2:
Why did the clown cross the road?
ANSWER: To find his rubber chicken.

Twitter
Phyllis King‏
@PhyllisKing
Q: Why did the clown cross the road? A: To find his rubber chicken.
10:36 AM - 17 Dec 2009

Twitter
Andrew L. Acosta‏
@Andrew_Acosta
Q: Why did the clown cross the road? A: To find his rubber chicken.
11:46 PM - 20 Dec 2009

Google Books
Sensible Nonsense.. Frank’s Comic Pack:
Humour Pack Series

By Frank Paul
BookBaby
2014
Pg.?:
Q: Why did the clown cross the road? A: To find his rubber chicken.

Twitter
Lucky Score‏
@LuckyScoreNet
Q: Why did the clown cross the road? A: To
find his rubber chicken.
#Joke from #Humorjokes in #Jokes, #Humor and #Satire
11:27 AM - 7 Sep 2017

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityStreets • Thursday, September 07, 2017 • Permalink