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Entry from January 14, 2022
“You can buy a half chicken at Whole Foods”

Can you buy a half chicken at Whole Foods? The joke was popularized by American stand-up comedian and actor Brody Stevens (1970-2019).

“Whole Foods? Once bought a half-chicken there.  Get it?  Old joke that makes only three people laugh” was posted on Twitter by Steven BRODY Stevens on July 17, 2009. “Off to Whole Foods to pick up a half chicken. #oldjoke” was posted on Twitter by Steven BRODY Stevens on March 4, 2011.  “I go to Whole Foods...and get a half chicken” was printed in HuffPost on March 9, 2015. “Happy birthday @BrodyismeFriend. I went to whole foods and bought a half chicken is still my favorite line ever #bdssp” was posted on Twitter by Stacey Garcia on May 22, 2016. “Brody was tremendous. Two of his jokes he told as a best damn sports show warm up comic 15 years ago I still repeat to this day. (In the Brody voice) ‘Went to Whole Foods. Bought a half chicken’” was posted on Twitter by TTP (Top Turtle Podcast) on February 22, 2019.

“I bought a half-chicken at Whole Foods for 20% off and now all math is meaningless to me” was posted on Twitter by Domenic Tetro on October 16, 2012.

“You can buy half a chicken at Whole Foods” was posted on Twitter by Jashwa on September 6, 2021. “You can buy a Half Chicken at Whole Foods” was posted on Reddit—Showerthoughts on January 14, 2022.


Wikipedia: Whole Foods Market
Whole Foods Market L.P. is an American multinational supermarket chain headquartered in Austin, Texas, which sells products free from hydrogenated fats and artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. A USDA Certified Organic grocer in the United States, the chain is popularly known for its organic selections.

Wikipedia: Brody Stevens
Steven James Brody (May 22, 1970 – February 22, 2019), known professionally as Brody Stevens, was an American stand-up comedian and actor. He starred in the Comedy Central reality series Brody Stevens: Enjoy It!, and was known for appearances on Chelsea Lately and other comedy shows as well as roles in films such as The Hangover (2009) and Due Date (2010).

Twitter
Steven BRODY Stevens
@BrodyismeFriend
Replying to @str8edgeracer
@str8edgeracer Whole Foods? Once bought a half-chicken there.  Get it?  Old joke that makes only three people laugh. (Time for Jobes!)
3:48 PM · Jul 17, 2009·Twitter Web Client

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DoktorThomas
@doktorthomas
Replying to @iblastcap
@iblastcap Whole foods? so half a chicken is still okay??? LOL
1:40 AM · Aug 16, 2009·Twitter Web Client

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Ryan McGee
@ESPNMcGee
Replying to @DNewtonespn
@DNewtonespn That’s like buying half a chicken at Whole Foods.
9:10 PM · Feb 23, 2010·Twitter Web Client

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annabelle
@annabelleqv
Buying half a chicken at Whole Foods… Hmmm.
12:43 PM · Nov 7, 2010·Twitter for BlackBerry®

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Bardia Shah-Rais
@BShah23
Replying to @BrodyismeFriend
@BrodyismeFriend I bought a half chicken at whole foods. you do the math.
10:38 PM · Dec 7, 2010·Twitter Web Client

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Steven BRODY Stevens
@BrodyismeFriend
Off to Whole Foods to pick up a half chicken. #oldjoke
10:17 PM · Mar 4, 2011·Echofon

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Clau
@asymetrx
My girlfriend came back home from Whole Foods with half a chicken, and I was all like WHOLE FOODS MY ASS!
9:17 PM · Jun 7, 2011·Twitter Web Client

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Cooter Brown
@brown_cooter
Half chicken at Whole Foods… #irony
11:17 AM · Jun 12, 2011·Twitter for iPhone

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Etan Bednarsh
@EBednarsh
Bought a half chicken at Whole Foods! #StickingItToTheMan
4:30 PM · Sep 23, 2011·Twitter Web Client

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Nathan Hatcher
@NATHANHATCHER
I bought half a chicken...at WHOLE foods. (@ Whole Foods Market w/ @elizabethnewby @absolutment @dakodasmith
) http://4sq.com/tYxb5S
8:06 PM · Nov 20, 2011·Foursquare

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elle bee
@DoubleElleBell
“You got HALF a chicken at WHOLE Foods? That’s really funny!” - Fran Bellavia
9:07 PM · Jul 15, 2012·Twitter for iPhone

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Domenic Tetro
@NintenDom
I bought a half-chicken at Whole Foods for 20% off and now all math is meaningless to me.
5:03 PM · Oct 16, 2012·Twitter for iPhone

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K. Cole
@OleKingKoleon
The irony that I will be buying a HALF a chicken at WHOLE Foods......*ba da ping* I’ll be here lol
5:51 PM · Sep 24, 2013·Echofon

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Not Mark
@NotMark___
I just bought half a chicken at whole foods, and the checkout girl did not understand the comedic irony of the situation.
12:59 PM · Nov 7, 2013·Twitter for Android

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carson jeanette
@carson_jeanette
RT @saragarzona: “Whole Foods? So you can’t buy half a chicken?” @carsonnn_boss trying to be funny
11:35 PM · Mar 1, 2014·Twitter for iPhone

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Martin Munson
@wickedimproper
How does “Whole Foods” get away with selling a half-chicken?
12:12 PM · Mar 3, 2014·Twitter for iPhone

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oohlala
@slickdickson
Just bought a half chicken at a whole foods. Apologies if the world explodes.
6:50 PM · Jul 11, 2014·Twitter for Android

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Bardia Shah-Rais
@BShah23
Replying to @BrodyismeFriend
@BrodyismeFriend @yookc “Bought a half chicken and Whole Foods...you do the math.”
4:47 PM · Aug 21, 2014·Twitter for iPhone

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Rodney Lacroix
@RodLacroix
Just bought half a chicken at Whole Foods. WTF?
8:19 PM · Oct 28, 2014·Twitter for iPad

HuffPost
Review: Brody Stevens Swings for the LaughFest Fences
Fifty minutes of Brody “Positive energy!” Stevens is a spectacle both formidable and profound.

By Julie Seabaugh, Contributor
03/09/2015 06:44pm EDT | Updated December 6, 2017
(...)
... though lobbed one-liners “I’m parched! Does anyone have any freshly squeezed Sunny Delight?” “I hooked up with an amputee recently...on StubHub,” and “I go to Whole Foods...and get a half chicken,” met with mixed contact.

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shorthotflashes
@shorthotflashes
I went to one of those fancy new grocery stores and ordered a half chicken, but they told me “NO! – this is Whole Foods.”
9:07 PM · Apr 8, 2015·Twitter Web Client

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Bassa
@BASSAMUSIC
Just went to WHOLE FOODS but got HALF a chicken! LOL! #wholefoodies #wholefoods #ChickenFries
3:02 PM · Apr 16, 2015·Twitter for iPhone

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Eponymous Bosch
@mnkylzrd
Replying to @itsaverybrynn
@itsaverybrynn whole foods like: if you want half a chicken, GET OUT
9:59 PM · May 26, 2015·Twitter for iPhone

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Original JimmyG
@JimGilhooly1957
Me at Whole Foods:
Can I get a half chicken, please?
Clerk: didn’t you see the sign on the store?
2:48 PM · Sep 8, 2015·Twitter for iPhone

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Stacey Garcia
@StaceyJGarcia
Happy birthday @BrodyismeFriend. I went to whole foods and bought a half chicken is still my favorite line ever #bdssp
11:49 AM · May 22, 2016·Twitter for iPhone

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casual sufferer
@aidan_sr
Can you buy half a chicken at whole foods?
10:53 PM · May 29, 2016·Twitter for iPhone

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Martin Munson
@wickedimproper
How does Whole Foods get away with selling a half-chicken?
12:02 PM · Dec 24, 2016·Twitter for iPhone

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James Loveridge
@JLoveRage
I bought half a chicken from whole foods, I don’t know what to believe in anymore.
9:31 AM · Dec 20, 2016·Twitter for Android

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Daniel Marino
@grampydan
Can you buy a
half chicken
at Whole Foods?
12:46 PM · Aug 28, 2017·Facebook

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Peat Moss
@wesmoss1018
Replying to @CeruleanGates and @MarkRushing16
I bought a half chicken at Whole Foods… how is that even possible?
9:47 PM · Oct 23, 2018·Twitter for iPad

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S T E A AND IRON
@SteakAndIron
False advertising.
You can buy a HALF chicken at WHOLE Foods.
Someone explain.
10:15 AM · Nov 7, 2018·Twitter for Android

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Poundpuppyy
@Poundpuppyyy
Replying to @manbearkitten
Can you buy a half chicken at Whole Foods?
3:53 PM · Dec 21, 2018·Twitter for iPhone

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Chris Rose
@ChrisRose
“Norton and Jackie Rose...proud of their boy!” They loved him.  So did I.  A decade after BDSSP went away, I still speak in Brody-tone, “88...with movement!” “I have Fernando Vina in my cell phone!” “818....for life!”. “I got a half-chicken at Whole Foods!” (more)
7:05 PM · Feb 22, 2019·Twitter Web Client

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TTP (Top Turtle Podcast)
@TopTurtleMMA
Replying to @ChrisRose
Great post. To this day whenever my wife and I pass a Whole Foods I do my Brody Impression
“Went to Whole Foods. Bought a half chicken.”
9:12 PM · Feb 22, 2019·Twitter for iPhone

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TTP (Top Turtle Podcast)
@TopTurtleMMA
Replying to @joerogan and @BrodyismeFriend
Brody was tremendous. Two of his jokes he told as a best damn sports show warm up comic 15 years ago I still repeat to this day. (In the Brody voice)
“Went to Whole Foods. Bought a half chicken.”
“Saw a Mexican film last night. The subtitles were in graffiti”
9:17 PM · Feb 22, 2019·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Stacey Garcia
@StaceyJGarcia
Replying to @ArashMarkazi and @BrodyismeFriend
“I went to Whole Foods and bought a half chicken” loved this guy
8:50 AM · Jul 24, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Martin Munson
@wickedimproper
How does Whole Foods get away with selling a half chicken?
9:42 AM · Oct 25, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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Patrick Price
@superpatty
Replying to @lclindeman
Ask to speak with the manager and with a very concerned voice say:
“If this is Whole Foods, why am I able to buy HALF of a chicken here?”
1:50 PM · Jan 31, 2021·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Matt Gajtka (GITE-kah)
@MattGajtka
Seems wrong you can buy a half chicken at Whole Foods
4:52 PM · Feb 24, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Jashwa ☧
@orapronobisdeum
You can buy half a chicken at Whole Foods
6:07 PM · Sep 6, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

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Jon Solinsky
@jon_solinsky
Bought a half chicken at Whole Foods and now the world doesn’t make sense anymore.
10:43 PM · Nov 11, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

Reddit—Showerthoughts
Posted by u/bram_stokers_acura January 14, 2022
You can buy a Half Chicken at Whole Foods

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