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 April 07, 2019
“What do you call an Irishman who won’t stop bouncing off the walls?"/"Rick O’Shea.”

The word “ricochet” is sometimes punned into the Irish name “Ric/Rick O’Shay/O’Shea.” “What do you call an Irishman who always returns? Rick O’Shay” was posted on the newsgroup net.jokes on April 14, 1983. “AN IRISHMAN who bounces off walls? RICK O’SHEA” was printed in The State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL) on March 18, 1989.


Google Groups: net.jokes
Disgusting—Rot 13—you are warned.
wateng!daemery
4/14/83
Status: RO
What do you call an Irishman who always returns?
Rick O’Shay

18 March 1989, The State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL), Toby McDaniel column, pg. 7, col. 1:
AN IRISHMAN who bounces off walls?
RICK O’SHEA.
(Andy Sullivan, Halifax Herald Ltd.)

Google Groups: alt.tasteless.jokes
irish jokes
NOGBAD THE BAD!
4/7/94
(...)
Q. What do you call an Irishman haed-butting a wall?
A. Rick O’Shea

Google Groups: rec.humor
Irish jokes
bke...@ub.com
9/1/94
What do you call an Irishman who bounces of walls?
Rick-O-Shay

Google Groups: eunet.jokes
I need Irish jokes.
Stephen Rose
11/13/95
What do you call an Irishman bouncing off the walls?
>> Rick O’Shea

12 March 2003, Palm Beach (FL) Post, “It’s no blarney, this Irishman holds no grudges” by Mike Tighe, Neighborhood Post (Royal Palm Beach-Loxahatchee) sec., pg. 6, cols. -45:
What’s green and bounces off the walls?
Ric O’Shea.

Google Books
Bloopers, Blunders, Jokes, Quips & Quotes
By Jim Kraus
Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers
2005
Pg. 224:
Q: What do you call an Irishman who keeps bouncing off walls?
A: Rick O’Shea.

Google Books
Catcall
By Linda Newbery
New York, NY: David Fickling Books
2008
Pg. 65:
(Rick O’Shea — ricochet — har bar!)

Google Books
A Knife Edge
By David Rollins
New York, NY: Bantam Books
2009
Pg. 46:
“What do you call an Irishman who bounces off walls?” I asked.

“Ric O’Shea,” Durban replied promptly.

28 February 2009, South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), “Artjam mastermind found colourful way to banish the blues” by Betty Cheung, pg. 5:
My science teachers were also memorable, as they were charmers and comedians. They must’ve spent hours trying outdo one another with jokes such as “What do you call an Irishman who bounces off the wall? - Rick O’Shea”.

Twitter
Irish Fireside Corey
@IrishFireside
What do you call an Irishman bouncing off the wall? Rick O’Shea! (via @Garret_Turley)
2:30 PM - 19 May 2009

Twitter
funny humour
@funnyhumour
What do you call an irishman who bounces off walls?  Rick O’Shea
12:11 AM - 14 Jun 2011

Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/Buster_Nutt May 24, 2015
What do you call an Irishman who bounces off of walls?
Rick O’Shea.

Reddit—Dadjokes
Posted by u/The_Real_Bill_Jones September 22, 2015
I used to work with a guy named Rick O’Shea
But he bounces from job to job.

Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/only1allowed March 24, 2016
What do you call a bulletproof Irishman?
Rick O’Shea

Twitter
Shit Jokes
@ShitJokes
What do you call a bulletproof Irishman?
Rick O’Shea.

Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/sburke0708 April 7, 2019
What do you call an Irishman that won’t stop bouncing off the walls?
Rick O’Shea

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