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 May 10, 2018
“A hotel mini-bar allows you to see into the future what a can of soda will cost in 20 years”

Hotel mini-bar items are usually very expensive. American comedian Rich Hall said:

“A hotel mini-bar allows you to see into the future and what a can of Pepsi will cost in 2020.”

It’s uncertain when Rich Hall first use the line. It appears in a 2001 book, and Hall said it at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2006. For further tellings of the joke, the date of 2020 must be increased to a time many years into the future.


Wikipedia: Rich Hall
Richard Travis Hall (born 10 June 1954) is an American comedian, writer, and musician, first coming to prominence as a sketch comedian in the 1980s. He wrote and performed for a range of American networks, in series such as Fridays, Not Necessarily the News (popularising the “sniglet” neologism), and Saturday Night Live.

Google Books
How to Be Funny:
The Ultimate Guide to Making Funny Speeches

By Ethan James
BookBaby
2001
Pg. ?:
A hotel mini-bar allows you to see into the future and what a can of Pepsi will cost in 2020.—Rich Hall

Independent (London, UK)
Festival funnies: Edinburgh’s 50 best jokes
Tonight a month of stand-up comes to a climax at the ‘if.comedies’ awards. Ed Caesar provides an alternative guide to the gags that have illuminated the past four weeks

Friday 25 August 2006 23:00 BST
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A hotel mini-bar allows you to see into the future and what a can of Pepsi will cost in 2020. - Rich Hall

Twitter
Rachel Bruce
@skipsonrecord
“A hotel minibar allows you to see into the future and what a can of Pepsi will cost in 2020.” - Jack Dee smile
7:46 PM - 25 Aug 2009

15 January 2010, The Sun (London, UK), pg. 10:
A HOTEL mini-bar allows you to see into the future and what a can of Pepsi will cost in 2020.
- RICH HALL

Twitter
jools fairbank
@fairyofthenorth
The hotel minibar allowd me to see into the future...i now know how much a can of coke will cost in 2020.
7:05 AM - 2 Jun 2010

Google Books
The 2,548 Wittiest Things Anybody Ever Said
By Robert Byrne
New York, NY: Touchstone
2012
Pg. ?:
1,624
A hotel minibar allows you to see into the future and what a Pepsi will cost in 2020. —Rich Hall

Twitter
splitty
@Splittytravel
A hotel minibar allows you to
see into the future and find out what a can of Pepsi will cost in 2020.
Comedian Rich Hall
7:28 AM - 4 Apr 2018

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