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

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Entry from September 10, 2018
“If lightning strikes an orchestra, who is most likely to get hit?"/"The conductor.”

An orchestra riddle is:

Q: If lightning strikes an orchestra, who is most likely to get hit?
A: The conductor.


The joke has been cited in print since at least 1996.

“My uncle was a great conductor. He was struck by lightning” is another version of the joke.


Google Books
The Little Giant Book of Riddles
By Joseph Rosenbloom
New York, NY: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
1996
Pg. 82:
If lightning strikes an orchestra, who is most likely to get hit?
The conductor.

Google Books
Side-Splitting Riddles
Illustrated by Kevin Rechin
Columbus, OH; Highlights for Children, Inc.
2012
Pg. ?:
If lightning strikes an orchestra, who is most likely to get hit?
The conductor.

Twitter
charlotte williams
@CharlotteSerina
If lightning strikes an orchestra, who is most likely to get hit?
The conductor! Xxx
5:35 AM - 14 Jan 2012

Twitter
Jim Cota
@jimcota
If lightning strikes an orchestra, who does it hit?
The conductor! #KidsJokes #fb #in
8:54 PM - 12 Feb 2012 from Indianapolis, IN

Twitter
Dr. Dave Stukus
@AllergyKidsDoc
Really Bad Joke of the Week: Who is the first person to get hit if lightning strikes an orchestra?
The conductor.
4:01 PM - 15 Dec 2017

Reddit—Jokes
If lightning strikes an orchestra, who is most likely to get hit?
submitted September 10, 2018 by geminirich
The conductor.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityMusic/Dance/Theatre/Film • Monday, September 10, 2018 • Permalink