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 February 04, 2018
“What do cheap hotels and skinny jeans have in common?"/"No ballroom.”

A riddle about tight pants is:

Q: What do cheap hotels and skinny jeans have in common?
A: No ballroom.


The “no ballroom” (no crotch space for a man’s balls) joke has been cited in print since at least 1984 and has been printed on several images.


Google Books
Texas Crude:
The how-to on talkin’ Texan

By Ken Weaver
New York, NY: E. P. Dutton
1984
Pg. 10:
“These blue jeans are like a cheap hotel: they got no ball room.”

The “Tight Pants Lament.”

Google Books
Black and White Keys”
The New Age, Volume Four

By Hugh Hood
Toronto, ON: General Publishing Co. Limited
1985, ©1982
Pg. 99:
He used to holler at me during practices, “These pants are like the ballroom in the Embassy Hotel,” and I was supposed to holler in return, “The Embassy Hotel has no ballroom.”

13 September 1990, Washington (DC) Post, Tom Shales column (TV review of the show “Law & Order"), pg. D1:
One might also note that an exchange between two cops on a future installment is unworthy of the show, though notable as a sign of TV’s New Naughtiness. The cops are discussing a victim’s tight trousers. “Ooh, like a cheap hotel,” says one. “What’s that supposed to mean?” asks the other. Reply: “No ballroom.”

23 November 2000, Rolling Stone, “The Naughty Adventures of Miss Drew Barrymore” by Chris Heath, pp. 72+:
“Cheap motel jeans, as they called them. You know? No ballroom.”
(Spoken by Drew Barrymore.—ed.)

Google Groups: rec.motorcycles.harley
My local Sheriff.....geez
tom koehler
11/5/02
(...)
ummm…
yer not supposed to sit on ‘em?
or perhaps yer jeans are like a cheap hotel… no ballroom?

20 June 2004, Sunday Herald (Glasgow, Scotland), “Straight and Narrow” by Edd McCracken, pg. 2:
“Those pants are like a cheap hotel - no ballroom.”

25 September 2004, Ottawa (ON) Citizen, “Fancy Pants” by Bruce Ward, pg. I5:
These pants are like some hotels: no ballroom.

Twitter
Jeffrey Remick‏
@jeffreyremick
Zach: you know what his pants are like? A cheap hotel. No ballroom.
10:48 PM - 5 Sep 2008

Google Books
Alone by Choice
By Hollie Davidson
Haymarket, VA: Mojocastle Press, LLC
2009
Pg. ?:
Tight jeans are like a cheap hotel; no ballroom.

Reddit—Jokes
Skinny jeans are like a cheap hotel…
submitted August 4, 2011 by robbyv17
There’s no ballroom.

Reddit—Jokes
What do tight pants and a cheap hotel have in common?
submitted November 7, 2012 by jlight119
No ballroom.

Reddit—Jokes
What do tight jeans and a cheap hotel have in common?
submitted April 30, 2014 by imheretoTROLL
No ballroom

Reddit—Dad Jokes
My dad just about every time he gets dressed: “God damn, these pants are so tight they’re like a cheap motel.” (self.dadjokes)
submitted January 5, 2015 by Defense_Mechanism
No ball room.

Reddit—Jokes
How are skinny jeans like a small mansion?
submitted December 17, 2015 by ChickinSammich
They have no ball room.

Reddit—Jokes
What do skinny jeans and cheap hotels have in common?
submitted March 4, 2016 by CarlJungus
No ballroom
COMMENTS
Pawel1212
As someone who wears skinny jenas from time to time I have slightly to disagree with you. Some skinny jeans are only “skinny” on the legs, the upper part is usually “wider” so you have some room to play ball.

This, or I just admitted to have a small penis infront of the internet.

Reddit—Jokes
Tight pants are like a cheap hotel…
submitted July 16, 2016 by curiosity_the_rover
No ball room

Reddit—Jokes
What do cheap hotels and skinny jeans have in common?
submitted February 4, 2018 by theripslinger
No Ball-room!

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