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Entry from October 21, 2015
“The bar sign said: ‘Topless & Bottomless.’ I went inside and nobody was there!”

New York-based comedian Rodney Dangerfield (1921-2004) wrote in “My Favorite Jokes” for Parade magazine in November 1978:

“I saw a sign outside a bar that said ‘Topless! Bottomless!’ I went inside—there was no one there.”

The “topless and bottomless” bar joke is still relatively popular, even though such bars have decreased in number.

Wikipedia: Rodney Dangerfield
Rodney Dangerfield (born Jacob Rodney Cohen, November 22, 1921 – October 5, 2004) was an American comedian and actor, known for the catchphrase “I don’t get no respect!” and his monologues on that theme. He is also remembered for his 1980s film roles, especially in Easy Money, Caddyshack, and Back to School.

12 November 1978, Sunday Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA), “My Favorite Jokes” by Rodney Dangerfield, Parade magazine, pg. 43, col. 3:
I saw a sign outside a bar that said “Topless! Bottomless!” I went inside—there was no one there.

Google Books
Was It Good for You, Too?:
Quotations on Love and Sex

By Bob Chieger
New York, NY: Atheneum
Pg. 20:
I walked into a bar that said, “Topless and Bottomless.” There was no one there.
Jack Graiman.
Los Angeles Times, 1981

Google Groups: alt.tasteless.jokes
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I saw a sign outside a bar saying “topless and bottomless”.
I went inside. No one was there.

Google Groups: sci.space.history
OT: Rodney (Re: How To Enforce The FAQs?
rk wrote:
> Yup.  That sounds like when I’ve seen him.  Somewhere I have a tape of
> one his performances; cracks me up.  Perhaps we should start tossing
> Rodney jokes into the forum ...

I saw a sign in the window of a bar: “Topless! Bottomless!” I went inside: there was nobody there!

Jewish Comedians
Rodney Dangerfield: The sign on the bar said: ‘girls- topless, bottomless’, I went inside and there was nobody there! | #Quotes
8:53 PM - 21 Oct 2015

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