Guy and Rodd produce more incomprehensible gags in their Brevity panel than nearly anyone this side of the Continental Divide. What, for instance, can we make of these?
(If the image is too small to readâwhich, for most of us, it isâthe recommended procedure is to click on the image and it enlarges. For some inexplicable and presumably temporary reason, when you do that here, you and the picture are merely transported to another plane, where the picture resides more-or-less alone, same size as before; but if you click on it again, there, it’ll get much largerâlarge enough, usually, to read. Try it: you’ll like it.)
In the first one, thereâs a woodchuck digging a hole with a power toolâsomething woodchucks donât do because theyâre all Amish and eschew modern technology? Is that the only reason they donât use power tools? And thatâs funny?
Well, I guess.
And I canât put any other construction on the gag.
But the bee burial ground (on the right) is beyond my meager powers of interpretation. Thereâs a Saturn 9 van in the backgroundâdoes that have anything to do with the so-called joke? Maybe if I had a jacuzzi Iâd understand.
Then we encounter this one, a Scary Gary strip by Mark Buford.
“Carnivorous” means “meat eater,” right? So Gary is trying to make Leopoldâs carnivorous brain ticks think heâs made of cheese, not meat? You are what you eat, they say.
But, no, I give up.
Next we have F-Minus by Tom Carrillo in which two brats are running off having defaced the chefâs cakeâs icing.
Thatâs it, right? The kids act towards the icing as kids always do when confronted by fresh cement? They leave their hand prints and a message in the wet stuff? At first, I thought “brats” was short for bratwurst; but that was pretty far out, even for me.
And is that a cement paddle the chef holds? Or just the usual chefâs knife-smoother-outer thingy?
Below thatâZits is usually understandable to me (and I admire the strip fervently), but this oneâIâm lost. The progression of imagesâfrom a fishing bear, to a fishing fisherman, whose line, strung out ashore, reminds us of the anchor of an aircraft carrierâis this to suggest that Jeremy is taking a long time in the shower? He is apparently answering the question: “What are you doing in there?” The implication being that whatever heâs doing is taking a loooooong time. So long that his father imagines heâs fishing or at anchor?
And Guy and Rodd return, Briefly, with another specimen.
Whatâs funny here? Usually, we see these signs without seeing the thing they are warning about; but here, thanks to Rye and Godd, we see the dog to be beware of, the wet floor to step gingerly on, and the tornado weâre being warned about. So thatâs funny.
And what about the close-up of the bald guy with the moustache? Is that, somehow, significant?
Next time, weâll take up the matter of how a poorly drawn picture can ruin the joke.