Here's a precursor to comedian Steve Martin
's arrow-through-the-head gag, from Bachelor Ballads and Other Lazy Lyrics
by Harry A. Spurr and illustrated by J. Hassall (1899). However, we understand
that the gag technically traces back to the play The Knight of the Burning Pestle
(1607), with this stage direction: "Enter Rafe, with a forked arrow through his head."