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 August 06, 2016
“A man walks into a bar. His alcoholism problem is destroying his family” (bar joke)

“A guy walks into a bar...” is a typical form of what has been called the “bar joke.” An anti-joke of the bar joke is:

“A man walks into a bar. His alcoholism problem is destroying his family.”

“A man walks into a pub. He is an alcoholic whose drink problem is destroying his family” was cited in print in 2002. The anti-joke has been printed on GIFs.


The Man Who Fell Asleep (August 17, 2002)
A man walks into a pub.
He is an alcoholic whose drink problem is destroying his family.

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OT Jokes from Germany
Philamental
2/18/04
Dunno bout you guys, but I found these very funny this morning ...
Phil

> Knock, knock.
> Who’s there?
> The police. I’m afraid there’s been an accident. Your husband is in
> hospital.
>
> A man walks into a pub.
> He is an alcoholic whose drink problem is destroying his family.

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Count Bazzu
2/18/04
>The following are apparently jokes from Germany, that have been translated
>into
>a language we understand more.
>
>They tend to lose most of their comedic effect after translation:

A man walks into a pub.
He is an alcoholic whose drink problem is destroying his family.

Something Awful
Jokes With Realistic Endings
Tuesday, Apr 12, 2005 by Nick “Mayor Wilkins” Dunn
(...)
A man walks into a bar.
He is an alcoholic whose drinking problem is destroying his family.

Google Books
A Year in the Life of The Man Who Fell Asleep/
By Greg Stekelman
London: Friday Books
2006
Pg. 128:
A man walks into a pub. He is an alcoholic whose drink problem is destroying his family.

Urban Dictionary
Anti-Joke
A joke or riddle-joke that starts like a standard joke or riddle-joke, but then turns out not to be a joke at all. The surprise element thus becoming the joke.
A standard joke turned into Anti-Joke:
A man walks into a bar. His alcohol problem is destroying his family.

(...)
by dkgemini May 24, 2006

Twitter
Paul Cotton
‏@pwcotton
Anti-Jokes are the new humor: A man walks into a bar. His alcohol dependency is destroying his family.
9:00 AM - 18 Aug 2008

Twitter
dekaf
‏@dekaf
A man walks into a bar. He is an alcoholic and it is slowly destroying his family.
8:15 PM - 11 Jan 2009

Twitter
¿Jaime?
‏@Jaime__e
ANTI JOKE OF THE DAY: “A man walks into a bar.... His alcoholism is destroying his family.”
11:49 PM - 28 Dec 2009

tickled
June 16, 2014
25 Of The Best Anti-Jokes Ever. #12 Is Gold.
BY BLUESTAPLES
(...)
12. A man walks into a bar.
His alcohol dependency is tearing his family apart.

Posted by Barry Popik
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