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. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from February 02, 2020
“I took my car in for a service this morning. I couldn’t get it through the church doors”

When a car is getting “a service,” it’s not a religious service, but there are jokes. “There was this Manta Driver who wanted to take his car in for a service...Only problem was he couldn’t get it through the church door!” was posted on the newsgroup eunet.jokes on March 5, 1991. “Vic: ‘I took my car in for a service the other day.’ Bob: ‘How was it?’ Vic: ‘No good. I couldn’t get it through the church doors’” is from the British comedy double act Vic (Reeves) and Bob (Mortimer) and was printed in Vox (London, UK) in January 1994.

The joke has been associated with Vic and Bob, and it’s possible that the team originated it.


Wikipedia: Vic and Bob
Vic and Bob, also known as Reeves and Mortimer, are a British comedy double act consisting of Vic Reeves (born 24 January 1959, real name James Roderick Moir) and Bob Mortimer (born 23 May 1959). They have written and starred in several comedy programmes on British television since 1990, with Reeves having made his first TV appearance in 1986.

Google Groups: eunet.jokes
A couple of jokes (gasp)
C. David Elliott
3/5/91
(...)
There was this Manta Driver who wanted to take his car in for a service...Only problem was he couldn’t get it through the church door!

1 January 1994, Vox (London, UK), “Comedy of ‘93: Soundbites of the suburbs” by Bruce Dessau, pg. 65, col. 2:
Reeves and Mortimer have never been apolitical, but when one of their gags runs thus—Vic: “I took my car in for a service the other day.” Bob: “How was it?” Vic: “No good. I couldn’t get it through the church doors.”—it is clear that even our most innovative comedians seem to b harking back to old-time Variety.

Google Groups: alt.fan.vic-reeves
Favourite jokes;
ELA95CDH
5/14/96
(...)
Took the car in for a service the other day.
How did it go?
Don’t know, couldn’t get it through the church door…

Google Groups: hr.rec.humor
(eng) Oneliners
Ivan -hlloyge- Tisljar
11/1/02
Q. What is
Q. Did you hear about the Irishman who took his car in for a service?
A. It got jammed in the church door.

Twitter
Charlie M
@Charlie628
Car in for a service later. Hope I don’t get it stuck in the church doors. (via @day_b)
4:26 AM · Jun 2, 2009·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
jan mason
@girlyghost
Paddy took their car in for a service today - unfortunately they got it stuck in the church doorway grin
6:59 PM · Jul 7, 2009·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Jason (BloodRayne73)
@Daywalker73
Took my car in for a service today...got stuck in the church doors....opps
10:36 AM · Aug 13, 2009·Twitter Web Client

Sunderland Message Board
Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer
Mr Redknapp
Mar 2, 2012
#8
I took my car in for a service the other day
was it allright?
not really I couldn’t get it through the church doors

Twitter
DanLar08
@DanLar08
Replying to @RealBobMortimer
@RealBobMortimer BANK HOLIDAY FUN - I took me car in for a service the other day. Couldn’t get it through the church doors. #LOLLE
5:49 AM · Aug 26, 2012·Twitter for iPhone

Reddit—Dadjokes
Posted by u/PhantasmagoricWorld March 5, 2017
I tried taking my car in for a service yesterday.
It wouldn’t fit through the church doors.

Twitter
Tyrone Smith
@Tyrone_M_Smith
To take your mind off the election, here is a joke - I took my car in for a service this morning ....... I couldn’t get it through the church doors .....  ........ have you got a worse one? #GeneralElection2019
2:23 PM · Dec 12, 2019·Twitter for Android

Twitter
🤣 The Dad Joke Man 😉
@DadJokeMan
Took my car in for a service yesterday…
The vicar at the church was not impressed…
#MondayMorning
12:10 AM · Feb 3, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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