A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from February 04, 2018
“Did you hear about the actor who fell through the floorboards? He was just going through a stage”

A theatre joke is:

“"Did you hear about the actor who fell through the floorboards? He was just going through a stage.”

The “just going through a stage” pun has been cited in print since at least 1993.


20 April 1993, Chicago (IL) Tribune, “Bonus jokes of the week,” sec. 7, pg. 11, col. 5: 
Q. Did you hear about the actor who fell through the floor of the theater?
A. It was just a stage he was going through.

Google Groups: rec.arts.theatre.musicals
CLIP ART
EDWARD BAYE
8/17/99
ART!!!!!!
Did you hear about the actor who fell through the floor??
(...)
Don’t worry it was just a stage he was going through!

Google Books
Movie Madness
By Julia DeVillers
New Albany, OH: Too Brands Investments
2004
Pg. ?:
“Did you hear about the actor who fell through the floor?” Kacey asked. “It was just a stage he was going through. Mwah-ha-ha!”

8 January 2005, Newsday (Long Island, NY), Kidsday sec., pg. C18:
Did you hear about the actor who fell through the floor?
It was just a stage he was going through.
Nicholas Krebs

Google Books
Penguin Pocket Jokes
By David Pickering
London, UK: Penguin Books
2006
Pg. ?:
Did you hear about the actor who fell through the floor? It was just a stage he was going through.

Twitter
Matt Saraceni‏
@iamnotmatt
did you hear about the actor who fell through the floor?
he was just going through a stage.
haaaaaaaaaaaa
10:13 AM - 26 Jan 2009

Twitter
❤️ FizzyDuck ❤️‏
@FizzyDuck
Did you hear about the actor who broke through the floorboards? He was just going through a stage.
11:43 AM - 9 Jul 2009

Google Books
1001 Kid’s Jokes
By Kay Barnham
London, UK: Arcturus Publishing
2016
Pg. ?:
Did you hear about the actor who fell through the floor? It was just a stage he was going through.

Facebook
Tycho Talent
May 24, 2016 ·
Did you hear about the actor who fell through the floor?
He was just going through a stage.

3 September 2016, Fraser Coast Chronicle (Maryborough, Queensland), pg. 14:
DID you hear about the actor who fell through the floorboards?
He was just going through a stage.

Reddit—Jokes
Did you hear about the actor who fell through the floor?
submitted February 11, 2017 by MySistersDad
It was just a stage he was going through.

Reddit—Cleanjokes
Did you hear about the actor who fell through the floorboards? (self.cleanjokes)
submitted February 5, 2018 by madazzahatter
He was just going through a stage.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityMusic/Dance/Theatre/Film • Sunday, February 04, 2018 • Permalink