gag me

11 comments:

Emery Calame said...

So, if he cuts himself in half will the halves regenerate into two of him...sort of like a planarian ?

Jed said...

Predictable, and not as funny as the last three. Nicely drawn though. It would almost be funnier if I hadn't seen the others. In the context of the other gags, it's just not in the same arena of inventive inappropriateness. Not that I wasn't anxious to see him get chopped up.

Mark Martin said...

sigh...

Jed said...

Considering the strength of everything else you're doing right now, everything can't be awesome, but who am I?

Jed said...

Ok, "predictable" was too harsh. What's wrong with me? Where's the delete button on these things? I do think, for what it's worth, that this is funnier out of context, but don't listen to me. I haven't had my Wheaties yet. (Picture me now, beating head repeatedly with flat of hand) "Stupid! Stupid! Stupid!"

Mark Martin said...

Easy there, big fella. It's okay! I happen to agree, this one is predictable. Everybody was cheering for him to continue maiming himself, which almost convinced me NOT to continue the slaughter, even though I have a few ideas for that. Ultimately I decided to ignore all input (yeah right, like when a judge instructs a jury to ignore stuff in a trial - AS IF)...

... any sequential series is doomed to have some degree of predictability, unless it is all just meaningless non-sequiter.

Emery Calame said...

The goofball feels like he's an imaginary friend who stayed on too long after he should have left and has tragically succumbed to dementia over the decades.

Or maybe he's a very sick genie or sprite of some kind.

Next, I picture him lying on his back near an open and empty silver ware drawer. He has a fork or knife sticking out of every available inch of his torso and he looks up at the wheelchair woman and says joyfully " I'm pretending to be a sea urchin!".

Jed said...

Ok, just to totally beat a dead horse and deconstruct into the ground, the "you never smile" is like the funny guy saying to the straight man, "you're such a straight man". Not that that's some inviolable rule of comedy, it's just that I personally find it funnier when the funny guy never acknowledges the deadpan guy/gals deadpanness. Totally personal taste! Conventions are meant to be broken!

You got something good going here with the first three! Don't give up! I like this couple. Take it any direction you want!

But you know, maybe there's such a thing as too much feedback.

Emery Calame said...

"You never smile anymore" sems to me to be an irritating, needy, quasi-accusative thing to say. It implies that the other person has a problem that they need to be made aware of and that they are somehow falling down in their obligation or responsibility to be accepting and cheerful.

I think it nicely establishes the delusion and narcissism of the weird chubby dude or perhaps his intense dedication to advancing the field of sarcasm at any cost.

I think the joke works because it's focusing on the amazing chutzpah of someone who's daring to criticize the behavior of another just after irrationally hacked his own legs off and grinding an arm to a stump with a cheese grater.

It may not be funny that he's telling the woman who is not allowed to smile "You never smile anymore".

What's funny is that he's telling her that after all the disturbing and horrific things he's recently done to himself in response to his moods, lack of impulse control, and childish whimsies.

It's surreally inappropriate.

It's also a little funny that she's sort of hiding between and the wall and the fridge yet still feels compelled to peek around and see what happened. Unless that's a hallway leading into the kitchen and she's just now seen what's going on.

Jed said...

Good god all of this deconstruction is the surest way to drain all humor and pleasure out of a simple cartoon.

I'm so sorry.

Emery Calame said...

Just think how that guy is altering his center of mass. It must have moved up a ways and to his right a bit.

He's really gotta do something about that nose now.