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 12, 2019
“A sign for a strip club during the day: ‘Sorry, we’re clothed‘“

"Sorry, we’re clothed”—a pun on the popular “Sorry, we’re closed” sign—has been printed on many images. “On the door of a Los Angeles strip joint, after a police crackdown: ‘SORRY, WE’RE CLOTHED’” was printed in The Telegraph (Folsom, CA) on October 6, 1976. “After Los Angeles police raided a striptease joint, the owner tacked up this sign on the door: ‘Sorry, we’re clothed’” was printed in L. M. Boyd’s syndicated newspaper column in February 1980. “Yesterday’s Cryptoquip: NOTE FOUND ON THE NUDIST COLONY’S OFFICE DOOR: ‘SORRY, WE’RE CLOTHED FOR WINTER’” was printed in the syndicated “Cryptoquip” puzzle in July 2001 newspapers.

New York City-born stand-up comedian Demetri Martin has used the joke in his act, but he did not originate the joke. “What did the sign for the strip club say during the day? Sorry, we’re clothed😀😀 Demetri Martin on Stephen Colberts” was posted on Twitter by yuthame shanmugam on May 23, 2017. “Strip clubs have after-hours signs that say ‘Sorry, we’re clothed’” was printed in TheaterJones (North Texas Performing Arts Center News) on June 21, 2017, in a review of Demetri Martin’s performance.


Wikipedia: Demetri Martin
Demetri Evan Martin (born May 25, 1973) is an American comedian. He was a contributor on The Daily Show. In stand-up, he is known for his deadpan delivery.

6 October 1976, The Telegraph (Folsom, CA), “The “S-T-R-E-T-C-H Stitch” by Bill Durbin, pg. 3, col. 1 ad:
On the door of a Los Angeles strip joint, after a police crackdown: “SORRY, WE’RE CLOTHED.”

27 February 1980, The Republic (Columbus, IN), “It’s Trivia” by L. M. Boyd, pg. A14, col. 3:.
AFTER LOS ANGELES police raided a striptease joint, the owner tacked up this sign on the door: “Sorry, we’re clothed.”

15 February 1991, Washington (DC) Post, “Bob Levey’s Washington; The Hall of Shame Is Still in Business,” pg. E4, col. 2:
Dora recently happened past a gas station on New Hampshire Avenue, near her home. A hand-scrawled sign in the window read:

SORRY WE’RE CLOTHED.

4 July 2001, San Francisco (CA) Chronicle, “Cryptoquip” puzzle, pg. C12, col. 4:
Yesterday’s Cryptoquip: NOTE FOUND ON THE NUDIST COLONY’S OFFICE DOOR: “SORRY, WE’RE CLOTHED FOR WINTER”

Twitter
eRc d oRt
@eRc_ort
Best possible sign for a strip club after business hours? “Sorry, We’re Clothed”
10:27 AM - 9 Feb 2012 from Allentown, PA

Twitter
Walter Bad
@unbub_
guy goes to a strip club. to his dismay, they have a sign up that reads, “sorry, we’re clothed”.
8:41 PM - 22 Sep 2012

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Earth Ben c-137
@benofbens
Strip club’s after hours sign: “Sorry, we’re clothed.” #BadPun
1:38 PM - 28 Nov 2012

Twitter
GrannyScopp
@GrannyScopp
Strip club during day:  Sorry
We’re Clothed (Demetri Martin)
4:23 PM - 21 May 2017

Twitter
yuthame shanmugam
@yuthame_shan
What did the sign for the strip club say during the day?
Sorry, we’re clothed😀😀
Demetri Martin on Stephen Colberts
12:27 PM - 23 May 2017

Reddit—Jokes
Posted byu/ezman10 June 12, 2017
How can you tell a strip club is not open?
The sign says, “Sorry, we’re clothed”
COMMENTS
Kavinc
We’re closed. Beat it.

TheaterJones (North Texas Performing Arts Center News)
Alternating Realities
Comedian Demetri Martin has an interesting, and funny, take on the world, as proven in his Majestic Theatre gig.

by Amy Martin
published Wednesday, June 21, 2017
(...)
The world of Martin is one where driverless cars are full of dogs taking joyrides and the rise of robots means we can’t do the robot dance anymore for fear of insulting “technical-Americans.” Where “the capitol of Alaska is A,” strip clubs have after-hours signs that say “Sorry, we’re clothed,” and dildos are the most popular prosthetic limb.

Twitter
ᗅmber ℍ...
@amburrida23
the new demetri martin special on netflix has me dyinggg
“I think this would be a great sign for a strip club during the day *Sorry, we’re clothed*”
11:59 AM - 11 Aug 2018

LaffGaff
By laffgaff January 10, 2019
Strip Club Joke
I went to a strip club at lunchtime today but it wasn’t open.
The sign on the door said, “Sorry, we’re clothed”.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Saturday, January 12, 2019 • Permalink