A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from December 05, 2015
“He was addicted to cowboy line dancing and entered a two-step program”

A popular joke is told about the Texas two-step:

“My best friend became addicted to country line dancing. It got so bad he had to enter a two-step program.”

Versions of the joke date to at least 1996.


Google Groups: rec.music.country.western
The Addicted Line Dancer
16b...@waikato.ac.nz
5/11/96
(DALE COX) writes:
>
> I have been listening to country music for about three years now and have
> taken a line dance class in college. Since “93” I have line dancing. It’s
> amazing how addicting it has become. I don’t care if someone calls me a
> “Redneck”, they don’t know what they are missing. If people don’t like to
> go to country dance clubs, that means more room for me on the dance
> floor(HA HA HA HA!!!!).
>
....8<....
> THE ADDICTED LINE DANCER
>

Don’t worry son, there’s a cure.  It’s a two-step program....

Google Groups: rec.music.makers.guitar.acoustic
Terada 12-string
Larry Pattis
2/21/01
(...)
By the way, my friend Chuck Pyle says that he is “in recovery” for his cowboy dancing problem...it’s a two-step program......

Google Groups: alt.humor.jewish
^=^ Quips
Renee
2/13/05
My best friend became addicted to country line dancing.
It got so bad he had to enter a two-step program.

Google Books
Pretty Good Joke Book: 5th Edition
By Garrison Keillor
Minneapolis, MN: Highbridge Company
2009
Pg. ?:
My best friend became addicted to line dancing. It got so bad he had to enter a two-step program.

Twitter
Charlie Martin
‏@chasrmartin
RT @wbaustin: My brother became addicted to country line dancing.... It got so bad he had to enter a two-step program. [Oh god.]
9:45 PM - 24 Jan 2009

Google Books
What’s So Funny?
By Kevin Sheedy
New York, NY: Penguin Books
2010
Pg. ?:
Did you hear about the man who became addicted to country and western line dancing? It got so bad he had to enter a two-step program.

Twitter
Bob Wilson
‏@Bobbylikestacos
I got over my addiction to line dancing by entering a two-step program.
12:55 PM - 12 Sep 2015

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityMusic/Dance/Theatre/Film • Saturday, December 05, 2015 • Permalink