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 31, 2016
“My friend asked me if I wanted a frozen banana…” (joke)

Not everyone understands the concept of a frozen banana (a dessert on a stick). American stand-up comedian Mitch Hedberg (1968-2005) told this joke in his act by at least 1999:

“My friend asked me if I wanted a frozen banana, I said no, but I want a regular banana later, so...yeah.”

The line has been frequently cited as one of Hedberg’s best one-liners.


Wikipedia: Frozen banana
Frozen bananas are desserts made by placing a banana upon a stick, freezing it, and usually dipping it in melted chocolate. They may be covered with toppings such as chopped nuts, sprinkles, sugar and crushed cookies.

Wikipedia: Mitch Hedberg
Mitch Hedberg (24 February 1968 – 30 March 2005) was an American stand-up comic known for his odd subject matter, subdued delivery and memorable routines that often consisted of a string of one-line non sequiturs.
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Strategic Grill Locations (1999)
My friend asked me if I wanted a frozen banana, I said “No, but I want a regular banana later, so … yeah”.

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“My friend asked me if I wanted a frozen banana. But I said no, but I wanted a regular one, later. So, yeah.”
From “Koalas.”

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Fun with O/8
Paul Phillips
3/23/00
(...)
My friend asked me if I wanted a frozen banana.  I said no, but I want a regular banana later, so… yeah.

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Comedian Mitch
Beady7
5/7/00
Mitch Hedberg is the funniest under 30 comedian in the country.  His style is incredible.
My favorite joke of his?
“A friend of mine asked me if i wanted a frozen banana.  i said no.  but i decided i wanted a regular banana later, so i said yeah.”
Priceless.

Google Books
Stop Me If You’ve Heard This:
A History and Philosophy of Jokes

By Jim Holt
New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.
2008
Pg. 79:
There are also jokes that simultaneously manage to be both lowly and surreal (A friend asked me if I wanted a frozen banana. I said, “No, but I want a regular banana later so, yeah!”).

Google Books
The 2,548 Wittiest Things Anybody Ever Said
By Robert Byrne
New York, NY: Touchstone
2012
Pg. ?:
1,079
A friend asked me if I wanted a frozen banana. I said, “No, but I want a regular banana later, so . . . yeah.” —Mitch Hedberg (1968–2005)

Twitter
Stand Up Comedy
‏@Stand_Up_Shots
“Do you want a frozen banana?”
#MitchHedberg #MitchMonday
11:10 AM - 16 Nov 2015

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Thursday, March 31, 2016 • Permalink