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 June 15, 2016
“What do you call baby potatoes?"/"Tater tots.”

A popular potato joke is:

Q: What do you call baby potatoes?
A: Tater tots.


The joke has been cited in print since at least 1995.

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


Wikipedia: Tater tots
Tater tots are a side dish made from deep-fried, grated potatoes. They are widely recognized by their crispness and cylindrical shape. “Tater Tots” is a registered trademark of Ore-Ida (a division of the H. J. Heinz Company) that is often used as a generic term.

23 May 1995, Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, WI), “Laugh Track,” pg. 2C, col. 4:
From Nathan, Madison:
Q. What do you call a baby potato?
A. A tater tot.

Google Groups: alt.weemba
Left over.... 
DEN...@wesnet.com
1/4/99
wrote:
>
> rotten jokes from 1998:
>
> What do you call a child couch potato?
> >a tater tot

18 April 2002, Los Angeles (CA) Times, “The Kids’ Reading Room; Reading by 9; Jokes & Riddles,” pg. E8:
What are baby potatoes called? Tater-tots. (Kristina, Moorpark)

Google Groups: alt.religion.rabbet
Humor from the Net
Bill McCray
12/27/02
(...)
What are baby potatoes called?
Tater-Tots.  (Kristina)

Twitter
Amy
‏@roflcopterrz
What do you call a baby potato....A tater tot!
5:40 AM - 5 Jan 2011

Twitter
George The Giant
‏@GeorgeTheGiant
Stupid joke of the day: What do you call baby potatoes?
Tater tots!
#stupidjokeoftheday
10:03 AM - 23 Feb 2016

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