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 November 08, 2016
“A stinky man walks into a bar…” (bar joke)

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

“A stinky man walks into a bar. Unfortunately it isn’t of soap.”

The joke was posted by Christopher Hudspeth on Twitter on March 10, 2014.

The “bar of soap” joke had been cited earlier. “A guy walks into a bar....of soap” was posted on Twitter on January 28, 2011. “A paraprosdokian walks into a bar. Of soap” was posted to the newsgroup alt.usage.english on November 23, 2011.


Twitter
Adam Tilzer
‏@AvonJunkies
@UPictures a guy walks into a bar....of soap
10:50 PM - 28 Jan 2011

Twitter
nate turbow
‏@nateturbow
You don’t hear many “a hippie walks into a bar of soap” jokes.
3:06 PM - 8 Aug 2011

Google Groups: alt.usage.english
Bar jokes
MC
11/23/11
(...)
18. A paraprosdokian walks into a bar. Of soap.

Google Groups: alt.usage.english
The Legendary Bar Jokes Thread
Anton Shepelev
12/1/11
(...)
18) [MC] A paraprosdokian walks into a bar. Of soap.

Twitter
Corey Boyd
‏@CoreyBoyd
You guys wanna hear a clean joke? Guy walks into a bar, of soap…
2:37 AM - 14 Dec 2011

Twitter
Mr. Horrible
‏@Fletcherism73
A guy walks into a bar - IT’S A BAR OF SOAP!!  ✨MAGIC✨
11:42 AM - 7 Aug 2013

Twitter
Christopher Hudspeth
‏@CEHudspeth
A stinky man walks into a bar. Unfortunately it isn’t of soap.
11:49 PM - 10 Mar 2014

Thought Catalog
AUGUST 28, 2014
30 Awfully Corny Jokes For People Who Have A Cheesy Sense Of Humor
Christopher Hudspeth
(...)
22. A stinky man walks into a bar. Unfortunately it isn’t of soap.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityRestaurants/Bars/Bakeries/Food Stores • Tuesday, November 08, 2016 • Permalink