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. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from May 22, 2017
“Average gumbo is only medi-okra”

Okra is often used in a “mediocre” pun as “medi-okra” or “mediokra.” “Worst pun of the year (...) ‘Mediokra’” was printed in 1943 newspapers.
 
Gumbo is sometimes used in the joke. “I’m not gonna eat this gumbo. It’s mediokra” was posted on Twitter on January 11, 2010. “I need better vegetables for my gumbo, these are medi-okra” was posted on Twitter on February 25, 2015. “Average gumbo is only medi-okra!” was posted on Twitter on APril 3, 2015.
 
“It was meaty okra” is a similar pun.
     
 
17 July 1943, The Evening News (Harrisburg, PA), “In Hollywood” by Erskine Johnson (NEA),  pg. 6, col. 7:
Worst pun of the year: When a visitor, touring Otto Kruger’s victory garden, came to the okra plants and asked how they were doing, Otto said: “Mediokra.”
 
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Steve Poggio
11/19/94
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A run-of-the-mill vegetable?
medi okra
 
Twitter
Davey Johnson‏
@DrDavey
I’m not gonna eat this gumbo. It’s mediokra.
6:52 AM - 11 Jan 2010
 
Twitter
Spodus‏
@Spodus
“And their gumbo? Can you say medi-OKRA?” - slam dunk by hilarious restaurant critic
7:20 PM - 18 Mar 2011
 
Twitter
Jess Morgan‏
@MorganBotanical
The pod vegetables I bought for the gumbo I was making were so-so. They were medi-okra.
9:06 AM - 22 Nov 2011
 
Twitter
Ham Mimosa‏
@KristerR
Bland gumbo could be the result of mediokra.
7:08 PM - 14 Jun 2012
 
Twitter
Corey Brookes‏
@Haikon
I need better vegetables for my gumbo, these are medi-okra. -Tearable Puns (http://bit.ly/1voC6v6 )
12:02 PM - 25 Feb 2015
 
Twitter
Mirus‏
@Mirus_Reporting
Average gumbo is only medi-okra! Happy Friday! #Joke Have a Great Weekend All!
3:56 PM - 3 Apr 2015
 
Me.Me
NEED BETTER VEGETABLES FOR MY GUMBO NO PUNSTER THESE ARE MEDI-OKRA A SOUP-ER PUN MEME
MEMES PUNS 🤖 ARES OKRA GUMBO SOUP PUN NEEDED VEGETABLES VEGETALS VEGETABLE VEGETAL
FOUND @ 29 LIKES ON 2016-11-06 04:34:28 BY ME.ME
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Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Monday, May 22, 2017 • Permalink


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