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 October 06, 2015
“How do you make a bandstand?"/’Take away their chairs.”

There’s an old joke told about bandstands:

Q: How do you make a bandstand?
A: Take away their chairs.


The joke has been cited in print since at least 1976. “How do you make a hot dog stand?” is a similar joke.


24 December 1976, Lubbock (TX) Avalanche-Journal, pg. 4, col. 4:
Q — How do you make a band stand?
A — Take away the chairs.—Wayne Mackey in Oklahoma City Times.

17 January 1979, The Morning Union (Springfield, MA), “Fun Time—The Riddle Box,” pg. 51, col. 2:
How do you make a bandstand?
Pull their chairs away.

17 September 1982, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA), Jelly Bean Journal, pg. 15, col. 3:
Q. How do you make a bandstand?
A. Pull away the chairs.
Angie Frans, age 13

Google Books
December 1983, Boys’ Life, “Think & Grin,” pg. 81, col. 3:
Matt: How do you make a bandstand?
Ben: I don’t know. How?
Matt: Play the national anthem.—David McMurray, Ithaca, N.Y.

Google News Archive
9 January 1999, The Daily Reporter (Spencer, IA), “The Bubble Gum Rapper,” pg. 8, col. 3:
Allen: How do you make a band stand?
Cory: Take away their seats.

Klosi Jokes
Category: Music jokes
Date Added: 11/10/2007
Joke: How do you make a bandstand?Take away their chairs

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jenni alpert
May 3, 2015
How do you make a band stand? Take their chairs away.... Or see them when play at the HOTEL CAFE THIS SUNDAY May 3rd at 8:30 - 10pm - 1623 Cahuenga - most likely they will be standing - except the drummer gets a chair - we would love you to come check it out

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Abdon
‏@_abdonn
“@DianaMedina76: How do you make a bandstand? Take away their chairs”
12:04 PM - 30 Aug 2015

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