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 December 07, 2016
“A joke 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 meta-joke version is:

“A joke walks into a bar. Bartender says, ‘Woah! I’ve never meta joke before!’”

The joke was posted on Reddit—Jokes on November 7, 2016.


Wikipedia: Meta-joke
Meta-joke refers to several somewhat different, but related categories: self-referential jokes, jokes about jokes (also known as metahumor), and joke templates.

This kind of meta-joke is a joke in which a familiar class of jokes is part of the joke. Examples of meta-jokes:

. An Englishman, an Irishman and a Scotsman walk into a bar. The bartender turns to them, takes one look, and says, “What is this - some kind of joke?”
. A priest, a rabbi and a leprechaun walk into a bar. The leprechaun looks around and says, “Saints preserve us! I’m in the wrong joke!”

Reddit—Jokes
A joke walks into a bar…
submitted November 7, 2016 by thedailyhominid
Bartender says woah! I’ve never meta joke before

Reddit—Jokes
A joke walks into a bar
submitted December 7, 2016 by Odenkirkd
Bartender says, “Woah! I’ve never meta joke before!”

Posted by Barry Popik
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