Posted by on December 9th, 2009 at 9:18 AM

Sometimes, even in a visual medium like the funnies, the comedy is all in the words. Or almost all in the words. In Mike Baldwin’s single panel cartoon Cornered, we see a traffic cop who has stopped a driver for speeding, and the driver says: “Do I know how fast I was going? Well, obviously, not fast enough.”

Darby Conley spent a week of Get Fuzzy lately in which Bucky and Satchel enacted a variation of the old Abbott and Costello “who’s on first” routine. Bucky says he’s going to open a fish restaurant and serve lobster, and Satchel asks if he knows what lobsters like to eat. (You know, right away, where this is going, eh?) Bucky: “Why do I have to know what lobsters eat before I serve them?” Satchel: “If you don’t know what they eat, how are you gonna feed them?” Bucky: “Feed who?” Satchel: “All the lobsters and fish!” And on and on into the night.

In Rick Detorie’s One Big Happy, Grandpa can’t remember the name of the ventriloquist who used to appear regularly on the old “Ed Sullivan” tv show—the guy who painted the face of his “dummy” on his hand so his thumb would act like the dummy’s lower jaw, moving up and down as he “talked.” Grandma explains to Ruthie: “Your Grandpa’s having a Senior Wences moment.”

Meanwhile, over at Pearls Before Swine, the Stephan Pastis character (aka, the strip’s creator) introduced a new character, a smiley face, and Rat wants to know if the character will keep smiling if he kicks him in the oompa loompas. Oompa loompas? We live in a new, much more tolerant age. Comedy is raw, edgy. Oompa loompas.

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