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Entry from June 29, 2017
“Can I pour you a beer?"/"It’s a little early, isn’t it?…For stupid questions.”

Is “Can I pour you a drink?” a stupid question? A classic exchange was on the American television sitcom Cheers, on the episode “Let Sleeping Drakes Lie” that originally aired on February 18, 1988:

Woody: Can I pour you a draft, Mr. Peterson?
Norm: A little early, isn’t it, Woody?
Woody: For a beer?
Norm: No, for stupid questions.


The Cheers bar conversation has been frequently cited. 


Wikipedia: Cheers
Cheers is an American sitcom that ran on NBC from September 30, 1982 to May 20, 1993, with a total of 270 half-hour episodes spanning over eleven seasons. The show was produced by Charles/Burrows/Charles Productions in association with Paramount Network Television. The show was created by the team of James Burrows, Glen Charles, and Les Charles. The show is set in a bar named Cheers in Boston, Massachusetts, where a group of locals meet to drink, relax, and socialize. The show’s main theme song, written and performed by Gary Portnoy lent its refrain “Where Everybody Knows Your Name” as the show’s tagline.

IMDb (The Internet Movie Database)
Cheers (TV Series)
Let Sleeping Drakes Lie (1988)
Full Cast & Crew

Directed by
James Burrows Writing Credits
Glen Charles ... (created by) &
Les Charles ... (created by) and
James Burrows ... (created by)
David Lloyd ... (written by)

Wikiquote: Cheers (Season 6)
Let Sleeping Drakes Lie [6.18]
Woody: Can I pour you a draft, Mr. Peterson?
Norm: A little early, isn’t it, Woody?
Woody: For a beer?
Norm: No, for stupid questions.

IMDb (The Internet Movie Database)
Cheers (1982–1993)
Quotes

Norm: Morning, everybody!
Woody: Beer, Mr. Peterson?
Norm: Little early in the day isn’t it, Woody?
Woody: Little early for a beer?
Norm: No, for stupid questions.

Google Books
Drinking with George:
A Barstool Professional’s Guide to Beer

By George Wendt with Jonathan Grotenstein
New York, NY: Simon Spotlight Entertainment
2009
Pg. 187:
WOODY Can I pour you a beer, Mr. Peterson?
NORM A little early, isn’t it, Woody?
WOODY For a beer?
NORM No, for stupid questions.

The Retro Rocket
Friday, August 16, 2013
Cheers 6.18: “Let Sleeping Drakes Lie”
Airdate: 2/18/88
(...)
Norm’s opener: Woody: “Can I pour you a draft, Mr. Peterson?” Norm: “A little early, isn’t it, Woody?” Woody: “For a draft?” Norm: “No, for stupid questions!”

Twitter
Jonathan Flores‏
@Jonmflores
Bartender: Want a beer?
Me: It’s too early in the day
Bartender: For what a beer?
Me: No, for stupid questions, now get me a beer
9:58 PM - 28 Aug 2013 from Town ‘n’ Country, FL

Twitter
Enough Of That‏
@AndyGilder
Replying to @PaperHegemony
@PaperHegemony
“Can I get you a wine?”
“Isn’t it a bit early?”
“For wine?”
“No, for stupid questions” (to paraphrase Norm in Cheers)
9:48 AM - 18 May 2015

Twitter
Chris Gerhard 🇪🇺‏ @chrisgerhard 24 Jul 2015
Just got asked a really strange question:
Would you like a bacon sandwich?

Mark Roberts‏
@mmmcaffeine
Replying to @chrisgerhard
@chrisgerhard “It’s a bit early, isn’t it?”
“For a bacon sandwich?”
“No, for stupid questions.
(shamelessly inspired by Cheers)
4:22 AM - 24 Jul 2015

Reddit—Jokes
An alcoholic walks into a bar, first thing in the morning,
submitted June 29, 2017 by ThatOneZook
And sits down at the bar. His friend, the bartender says “Whiskey on the rocks, as usual?” The man responds, “It’s too early...” The bartender is shocked, “Too early for a drink? For you?” He asks, surprised. The man looks at him and says, “No, for stupid questions.”
(...)
COMMENTS
lobster
Cheers, season six episode eighteen, Let Sleeping Drakes Lie:
Woody: Can I pour you a draft, Mr. Peterson?
Norm: A little early, isn’t it Woody?
Woody: For a beer?
Norm: No, for stupid questions.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Thursday, June 29, 2017 • Permalink