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 August 16, 2016
“How is a drum solo like a sneeze?” (ioke)

There have been make jokes about drummers. A popular riddle is:

Q: How is a drum solo like a sneeze?
A: You can tell it’s coming, but you can’t do anything about it.


The joke has been cited in print since at least 1994.


Google Groups: rec.music.bluenote
Jazz Jokes
Dodger Posey
7/12/94
How is a drum solo like a sneeze?
You can tell it’s coming, but can’t do anything about it.

Google Groups: rec.music.christian
Drums and the Church (was Apology To This Newsgroup)
(insert lame joke here)
2/7/96
(...)
Q:  How is a drum solo like a sneeze?
A:  You can tell it’s coming, but you can’t do anything about it.

Google Groups: alt.music.rush
Drummer joke
The Pied Piper
6/24/97
(...)
Q: How is a drum solo like a sneeze?
A: You can tell it’s coming, but you can’t do anything about it.

Google Groups: alt.strange.days
Drummer Jokes
a101deadcats
4/30/02
(...)
Q.  How is a Drum Solo like a Sneeze??
A.  You can tell it’s coming, but you can’t do a damn thing about it.

Twitter
Mick_Shrimpton
‏@Mick_Shrimpton
Joke O’ The Day: How is a drum solo like a sneeze?
...You can tell it’s coming, but you can’t do anything about it...!
8:14 PM - 24 Nov 2008

Google Books
Man Walks into a Bar:
Over 6,000 of the Most Hilarious Jokes, Funniest Insults and Gut-Busting One-Liners

By Stephen Arnott and Mike Haskins
Berkeley, CA: Ulysses Press
2007
Pg. 317:
How is a drum solo like a sneeze? You can tell it’s coming, but you can’t do anything about it.

Google Books
The Mammoth Book of One-Liners
By Geoff Tibballs
London: Constable & Robinson Ltd
2012
Pg. ?:
How is a drum solo like a sneeze?
You can tell it’s coming, but you can’t do a thing about it.

CMU (Complete Music Update)
Approved: Adam Betts
By Andy Malt | Published on Tuesday 16 August 2016
Adam Betts
How is a drum solo like a sneeze? You can tell it’s coming and there’s nothing you can do about it. So goes the old joke.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityMusic/Dance/Theatre/Film • Tuesday, August 16, 2016 • Permalink