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 March 22, 2016
“How do you make a hot dog stand?"/"Take away its chair.”

A joke about a hot dog stand is:

Q: How do you make a hot dog stand?
A: Take away its chair.


The joke has been cited in print since at least 1980. “How do you make a bandstand?” is a similar joke.


3 July 1980, Lexington (KY) Herald, “Just Kidding,” pg. B12, col. 5:
How do you make a hot dog stand?
Take away its chair!

Google Books
November 1981, Boys’ Life, “Think & Grin,” pg. 81, col. 2:
Frank: How do you make a hot dog stand?
Furter: Steal its chair. — Alan Swan, Marietta, Ga.

7 November 1986, The Daily News (Huntingdon, PA), “Mighty Funny’s Mini Jokes,” The Mini Page by Betty Debnam, pg. 3, col. 1:
HOW DO YOU MAKE A HOT DOG STAND.
STEAL ITS CHAIR.

23 August 1996, Aberdeen (SD) American News, Farm Forum, pg. 50F, col. 5:
How do you make a hot dog stand?
Steal its chair!

16 January 1998, Los Angeles (CA) Times, “Laugh Lines: Pint-Sized Punch Lines,” pg. 2:
How do you make a hot dog stand? Steal its chair. (Tiffany Foy, 9, Trabuco Canyon, Robinson Elementary)

Google Groups: alt.penpals.rejects
Dogs
Colline O’Brien
10/2/01
(...)
How do you make a hot dog stand?
“ Take it’s chair away”

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
Kids Puns of the Weak 06-22-04
Stan Kegel
6/22/04
(...)
How do you make a hot dog stand?
Take away its chair! (Jack,9)

Google Books
Loony Laughs & Riddles
By Joseph Rosenbloom
New York, NY: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
2006
Pg. 14:
How do you make a hot dog stand?
Take its chair.

Twitter
Michelle Wright
‏@smothoperator
Joke of the Day ~ How do you make a hot dog stand?
Steal its chair.
10:28 AM - 2 Apr 2009

Google Books
Hot Dog!:
The wonderful world of the wiener

By Andy Lynes
London: Portico
2015
Pg. ?:
Q: How do you make a hot dog stand?
A: Steal its chair.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityRestaurants/Bars/Bakeries/Food Stores • Tuesday, March 22, 2016 • Permalink