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 15, 2015
“What’s the similarity between a drummer and a philosopher?” (joke)

Many jokes are told about drummers and their alleged lack of timing. One popular drummer joke is:

Q: What’s the similarity between a drummer and a philosopher?
A: They both perceive time as an abstract concept.


The joke has been cited in print since at least 2000.


Internet Cello Society Forums
Comic Relief
Laura Wichers
10/7/00 6:38:08 pm
(...)
Q: What’s the similarity between a drummer and a philosopher?
A: They both perceive time as an abstract concept.

DeanFriedman.com—Newsletter (October 31, 2000)
Q: What’s the similarity between a drummer and a philosopher?
A: They both perceive time as an abstract concept.

Los Angeles (CA) Times
Drummer Freese Gets the Joke, Plus a Lot of Job Offers
December 20, 2000 | RANDY LEWIS | TIMES STAFF WRITER
Q: How are a philosopher and a drummer alike?
A: Both perceive time as an abstract concept.

In the music world, nothing generates a laugh quite like a good drummer joke, and there are a zillion of them.

Google Groups: alt.sports.baseball.stl-cardinals
Way OT: Jokes about myself and fellow musicians
LidsvilleNine
12/7/07
(...)
Q: What’s the similarity between a drummer and a philosopher?
A: They both perceive time as an abstract concept.

Twitter
Darien Jakeman
‏@numubudaily
Q: What’s the similarity between a drummer and a philosopher?
A: They both perceive time as an abstract concept. http://bit.ly/airh0C
10:52 AM - 5 May 2010

Twitter
MusicianHumor
‏@JokesBoutMusic
Q: What’s the similarity between a drummer and a philosopher? 
A: They both perceive time as an abstract concept.
9:08 AM - 5 Mar 2015

Posted by Barry Popik
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