A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from June 15, 2016
“What do you call baby potatoes?"/"Small fry.”

A popular potato joke is:

Q: What do you call baby potatoes?
A: Small fry.


The joke has been cited in print since at least 1991.

“What do you call baby potatoes?"/"Tater tots” is a similar joke with a different punchline.


Google Books
The Amazing Potato Book
By Paulette Bourgeois
Illustrations by Linda Hendry
Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley
1991
Pg. 11:
What do you call a baby potato?
A small fry.

29 June 1991, Winnipeg (Manitoba) Free Press, “Helping to cope with kids” by Helen Norrie, pg. 58, col. 3:
What do you call a baby potato?—a small fry.

Google Groups: Pfitz’s Pfunnies
Potato Puns
Scott Pfitzinger
10/15/07
(...)
What do you call a baby potato?
A small fry!

Google Books
The Trains:
An Action Adventure

By Kwame Shauku
Lulu Publishing (Lulucom)
2008
Pg. 50:
“What do you call a baby potato?”
“A small fry!”

Twitter
SPUD Muffin
‏@RUAcouchpotato2
Potato Joke 02
What do you call a baby potato? A small fry!
6:22 AM - 11 Nov 2009

Google Books
The Best Jokes I’ve Heard
By Douglas Blankenship
Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse
2012
Pg. 384:
What do you call a baby potato?
A small fry!

Twitter
ITS OVER
‏@hypnotxcharry
🐢Staphlou 🐢
What do you call baby potatoes? 🐌
Small fry 👋
YEAY
Dude I dont even like you 💁💁
12:45 PM - 19 Sep 2013

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Wednesday, June 15, 2016 • Permalink