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 January 31, 2017
“Yesterday, a clown held a door open for me. I thought it was a nice jester”

"Gesture” sounds a bit like “jester,” and there’s a pun that has been printed on GIFs:

“Yesterday, a clown held a door open for me. I thought it was a nice jester.”

The joke was popularized on the website Pun of the Day on January 10, 2014:

“The other day I held the door open for a clown. I thought it was a nice jester.”

It makes more sense if the clown opens the door for the person, so that “it was a nice jester” refers to both the clown and the clown’s gesture. However, both versions have been told.


Twitter
ITS ME CJ
‏@coreyclayton2
Such a nice jester for someone to open the door for you!!#kindness
4:26 PM - 3 Feb 2013

Twitter
Bonnie Wilks
‏@blwbdw
@CapitalOne Still a nice jester when someone holds the door for you. #KaCHING
3:37 PM - 6 Nov 2013

Pun of the Day (January 10, 2014)
The other day I held the door open for a clown. I thought it was a nice jester.
Category - Entertainment
Submitted by - Randy - Defiance, OH

Twitter
AmyAmyBoBamy
‏@A2B2
#badumcha The other day I held the door open for a clown. I thought it was a nice jester.[Click to Vote!]
2:13 AM - 10 Jan 2014

Twitter
Tulleuchen
‏@tulleuchen
The other day I held the door open for a clown. I thought it was a nice jester.[Click to Vote!]
http://tinyurl.com/mzqpsq3
2:13 AM - 10 Jan 2014

14 January 2014, The Observer (Gladstone, Queensland), “Joke of the Day,” pg. 10:
The other day I held the door open for a clown.
I thought it was a nice jester.

Reddit—Jokes
The other day I held the door for a clown.
submitted May 15, 2014 by misterdenton
I thought it was a nice jester.

Twitter
Bad Dad Jokes
‏@baddadjokes
Yesterday a clown held a door open for me.
I thought it was a nice jester.
7:05 AM - 27 Oct 2014

Reddit—Jokes
Yesterday a clown held the door open for me
submitted January 31, 2017 by Haiized
I thought it was a nice jester

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