Monday, July 27, 2009



Recently, while surfing around the web, I came across a joke that made me laugh.  I sent it along to a Mississippi friend who also laughed.   But I didn't make a note of the URL where I got the joke from.   Looking around for the joke today using Google, I find this joke and minor variations of it appear probably hundreds of times on the web.

I didn't write this joke in the first place and I have no idea who did.  Sorry I can't give proper credit here...

I should caution that this joke mixes humor and religion.  The joke also is constructed on some old stereotypes, but I don't think anyone is harmed badly by the humor which all-but starts with "An Irishman, an Italian and a Redneck all walk into a bar...".  If you're the sort of person who is likely to get upset by such a combination, then this blog entry is probably not for you.

Having gotten those disclaimers out of the way, here's the joke (but first, a picture to lighten the page):

(Photo of the Beauty Bar (10/2012) from, used here without explicit permission)

The bartender was washing his glasses, when an elderly Irishman came in. With great difficulty, the Irishman hoisted his bad leg over the barstool, pulled himself up painfully, and asked for a sip of Irish whiskey. The Irishman looked down the bar and said, “Is that Jesus down there?” The bartender nodded, so the Irishman told him to give Jesus an Irish whiskey, too.

The next patron to come in was an ailing Italian with a hunched back, who moved very slow. He shuffled up to the barstool and asked for a glass of Chianti. He also looked down the bar and asked if that was Jesus sitting at the end of the bar. The bartender nodded, so the Italian said to give Him a glass of Chianti, too.

The third patron to enter the bar was a redneck, who swaggered into the bar and hollered, “Barkeep, set me up a cold one! Hey, is that God’s Boy down there?” The barkeep nodded, so the redneck told him to give Jesus a cold one, too.

As Jesus got up to leave, he walked over to the Irishman and touched him and said, “For your kindness, you are healed!” The Irishman felt the strength come back to his leg, so he got up and danced a jig out the door. Jesus touched the Italian and said, “For your kindness, you are healed!” The Italian felt his back straighten, so he raised his hands above his head and did a flip out the door.  Jesus walked toward the redneck, but the redneck jumped back and exclaimed, “Don’t touch me! I’m drawing disability!”