New York-based comedian Rodney Dangerfield (1921-2004) often told a self-deprecating joke about going into a bar:
“The bartender asked me, ‘What’ll you have?’ I said, ‘Surprise me.’ He showed me a naked picture of my wife.”
The joke was part of Dangerfield’s routine by at least the 1980s, and it’s been reprinted in several joke books.
Wikipedia: Rodney Dangerfield
Rodney Dangerfield (born Jacob Rodney Cohen, November 22, 1921 – October 5, 2004) was an American comedian and actor, known for the catchphrase “I don’t get no respect!” and his monologues on that theme. He is also remembered for his 1980s film roles, especially in Easy Money, Caddyshack, and Back to School.
Comedy on Record:
The Complete Critical Discography
By Ronald L. Smith
New York, NY: Garland Publishing, Inc.
“I went over to the bartender and said ‘Surprise me.’ He showed me a naked picture of my wife.”
4 September 1992, The Orange County Register (Santa Ana), CA), “Stars come out for Kinison tribute” by Jeff Rubio, pg. B3, col. 4:
Dangerfield was his familiar bug-eyed, shrug-shouldered self. And, of course, he shared the grim details of his marital life: “I told the bartender to surprise me. He showed me a naked picture of my wife.”
It’s a Man’s World:
800 Jokes from the Guy’s (Warped) Point of View
By Judy Brown
New York, NY: Barnes & Noble Books
l went to the bar to have a few drinks. The bartender asked me, “What’ll you have?” l said, “Surprise me.” He showed me a naked picture of my wife. — Rodney Dangerfield
Laid to Rest in California:
A Guide to the Cemeteries and Grave Sites of the Rich and Famous
By Patricia Brooks and Jonathan Brooks
Guilford, CT: Insiders’ Guide/Globe Pequot Press
“l told my bartender to surprise me—he showed me a naked picture of my wife!”
(Attributed to Rodney Dangerfield.—ed.)
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
“I was tired one night and I went to the bar to have a few drinks. The bartender asked me, ‘What’ll you have?’ I said, ‘Surprise me.’ He showed me a naked picture of my wife.” Rodney Dangerfield
Rodney Dangerfield: The bartender asked me, “What’ll you have?” I said, “Surprise me.” He showed me a naked picture of my wife.
2:53 AM - 11 Oct 2015
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