“A guy walks into a bar...” is a typical form of what has been called the “bar joke.” A version involving author Charles Dickens (1812-1870) and his novel Oliver Twist (1837-9) is:
“Charles Dickens walks into a bar and orders a martini. The bartender asks, ‘Olive or twist?’”
The joke has been cited in print since at least 2000. “Shakespeare walks into a bar...” is another bar joke that involves an English author.
Wikipedia: Charles Dickens
Charles John Huffam Dickens (/ˈtʃɑːrlz ˈdɪkɪnz/; 7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world’s best-known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the twentieth century critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius. His novels and short stories enjoy lasting popularity.
Wikipedia: Oliver Twist
Oliver Twist, or The Parish Boy’s Progress, is the second novel by Charles Dickens, and was first published as a serial 1837–9. The story is of the orphan Oliver Twist, who starts his life in a workhouse and is then sold into an apprenticeship with an undertaker. He escapes from there and travels to London where he meets the Artful Dodger, a member of a gang of juvenile pickpockets, which is led by the elderly criminal Fagin.
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BAR CHEAT SHEET
** All drinks are 1 shot per, unless stated otherwise.
LITTLE DICKENS IS A MARTINI WITH AN OLIVE OR TWIST
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Charles Dickens walks into a bar and orders a martini. The bartender says, “Olive or Twist?”
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Charles Dickens walks into a bar and orders a martini. The bartender asks, “Olive or Twist?”
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Charles Dickens walks into a bar and orders a martini.
The bartender asks, “Olive or twist?”
Charles Dickens walks into a bar and orders a martini. The bartender asks, “Olive or twist?”
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Charles Dickens walks into a bar. The bartender says: “Olive or twist?”
Charles Dickens walks into a bar… (self.Jokes)
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and orders a Martini. The bartender asks,"Olive or twist?”
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