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 16, 2016
“What kind of key do you have to cook before using?"/"A latke.”

Latkes (sometimes pronounced LATT-keys) are potato cakes traditionally served on the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. There’s a latke pun:

Q: What kind of key do you have to cook before using?
A: A latke.


The joke has been cited in print since at least 2004.


Wiktionary: latke
Pronunciation
IPA(key): /ˈlɑːt.ki/, /ˈlɑːt.kə/
Noun
latke
‎(plural latkes)
1. A pancake fried in oil, usually made from potatoes and sometimes also onions, traditionally served on Hanukkah.

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
Kids Puns of the Weak 12-07-04
Stan Kegel
12/7/04
(...)
What kind of key do you have to cook?
A Laitke.  (Syman Hirsch)

Google Groups: Sailor’s Clean Humor
Thursday a.m. Clean
stewburner
12/25/08
(...)
What kind of key do you have to cook?
A Laitke.

The Weekly Post (Portola Valley School District)
December 14, 2009
Pg. 10:
What kind of key do you have to cook before using?
A latke.

Twitter
Todd Fritz
‏@brooklynfritzy
What kind of keys open locks on Chanukah?...Latkes (I gave it a shot, as you were) @dpshow
1:57 PM - 9 Dec 2011

Twitter
ricks99
‏@ricks99
What kind of key do you have to cook before using?
A ∗lat-key∗! grin
Happy Hanukkah, y’all!
3:00 PM - 18 Dec 2014

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Thursday, June 16, 2016 • Permalink