Maybe Brian Basset Started Drinking Early?

Cidu Bill on Mar 17th 2012


Filed in Adam at Home, Bill Bickel, Brian Basset, CIDU, St. Patrick's Day, comic strips, comics, humor | 34 responses so far

34 Responses to “Maybe Brian Basset Started Drinking Early?”

  1. scott Mar 17th 2012 at 01:02 pm 1

    “KISS” me

  2. Emily Mar 17th 2012 at 01:23 pm 2

    Maybe this is just me (or a dialect thing) but “a little bit different interpretation” strikes me as ungrammatical.

  3. Mark M Mar 17th 2012 at 01:26 pm 3

    It’s a long way to go for a joke. First of all, Adam really needed to ask who the guy is dressed as? Second, is it common to dress up in costume for St. Patrick’s Day? Maybe so, but I’ve never heard that. Third, “Kiss me I’m Irish” is not a real common phrase that’s heard as far as I know.

  4. Frosted Donut Mar 17th 2012 at 01:32 pm 4

    @Mark M:”Kiss me, I’m Irish” is a pretty common saying. Googling the exact phrase brings up 17 million hits. (In fact, “The Duplex” has a variation on it in today’s strip with the dog wearing a shirt that says “Pet Me, I’m Irish.”)

    But, yes, it’s a long way from that saying to this joke.

    Also, Brian Basset doesn’t do this strip any more. It’s Rob “Big Top” Harrell (this came out last year when the strip insulted some hockey referee). You can see Harrell’s signature in panel two.

  5. Elyrest Mar 17th 2012 at 02:21 pm 5

    I actually thought this funny, weird, but funny. It might be a long way to go for a short joke and, I have to admit that I first thought the guy was a kabuki warrior, but I still enjoyed it.

    Mark M - Once again something that is so common to some of us is almost unknown to others. “Kiss me I’m Irish” is so common, where I love, that you can find t-shirts in almost any store at this time of year with the phrase on it.

  6. Swordsmith Mar 17th 2012 at 04:22 pm 6

    I have to agree, Kiss Me I’m Irish is, to me, a phrase that’s gone past common to ironic to common to ironic so often that it might as well mark you as a starbelly sneech.

    The joke overall works for me because of this, and it actually helps that I didn’t initially see the costume as KISS army, but could the moment I read the text.

    What didn’t work was the “who are you supposed to be” part; Paddy’s Day isn’t, to my knowledge, a costume day per say; you don’t dress up AS someone, you just wear some green to indicate solidarity with the cause, or more likely because it’s just a custom you don’t even think about. Wear green, drink beer, maybe eat some corned beef and cabbage, but politics or religion probably don’t come into it at all.

  7. J-L Mar 17th 2012 at 04:33 pm 7

    The joke worked for me. Yes, it’s a little odd that the man is in costume, but then, KISS is a little odd.

    Clearly, the guy is not wearing a KISS costume in order to fit in.

  8. Cidu Bill Mar 17th 2012 at 04:34 pm 8

    I did understand that this was probably supposed to be a member of Kiss (though, similarly to Elyrest, I initially thought Kabuki — and I still think he looks more Kabuki than Kiss) — but what’s the joke here? As Swordsmith points out, St. Patrick’s Day is not Halloween (though Purim was this week). Maybe if he’d said “Irish me, I’m Kiss”…

  9. Charlene Mar 17th 2012 at 04:45 pm 9

    @Elyrest Now everyone wants to know where you love…

  10. James Pollock Mar 17th 2012 at 05:06 pm 10

    Not only did I get “Kiss” right off, I can even tell which one he’s imitating. But I didn’t get why until the punchline, so the joke worked OK for me.

  11. mitch4 Mar 17th 2012 at 05:10 pm 11

    Charlene #9 beat me to it — Elyrest, just where do you love? :-)

  12. mitch4 Mar 17th 2012 at 05:12 pm 12

    We might suppose that somebody ELSE put him in costume and makeup, when HE sad “Kiss me ..”.

  13. Mark in Boston Mar 17th 2012 at 05:21 pm 13

    A better joke was on last year’s Happy Bunny calendar for March. Happy Bunny points to his rear end and says “Kiss it! It’s Irish!”

  14. Kamino Neko Mar 17th 2012 at 06:49 pm 14

    Elyrest, Bill - that’s a pretty accurate depiction of Gene Simmons’ make-up. (Hair’s a bit too tame, but the make-up is as close as you’ll get in the Adam@home style.)

    Which, btw, was, I believe (though I can’t find a site, ATM), in fact based on kabuki make-up.

  15. Kamino Neko Mar 17th 2012 at 06:54 pm 15

    Goddammit! Cite! Cite! Argh. Stupid soundalike words.

  16. Matthew Mar 17th 2012 at 09:18 pm 16

    “Cite”/”Site”, Kamino (#14-#15)? Did you actually intend to write “I can’t find a citation”?

    In re the strip: ADAM @ HOME stopped being read-worthy around the time of the title change. Rob Harrell’s drawing fails the strip and differs greatly from Brian Basset’s, and Harrell’s wit lacks humor. This strip evinces all of that.

  17. Elyrest Mar 17th 2012 at 11:09 pm 17

    Charlene & mitch4 - I couldn’t figure out what the two of you meant even though I read my comment over a couple of times. I guess that’s why I goofed in the first place.

    And, as I’m mainly Irish and very friendly - today I spread a little love everywhere I went. I loved all over.

  18. Kamino Neko Mar 18th 2012 at 12:01 am 18

    No, Matthew, I intended to write ‘I can’t find a cite’, because ‘cite’ is both a perfectly valid noun, synonymous with ‘citation’, and significantly shorter than its longer brother. (It only has one drawback, the fact that it’s homophonous with ’site’, and thus easily causes confusion.)

  19. Matthew Mar 18th 2012 at 01:02 am 19

    Webster’s Third International gives cites “cite” as a verb only, Kamino (#18), but it’s twenty years old and appears, in this matter, out of date. Making “cite” a verb seems to add unnecessary confusion merely to gain a small amount of brevity, but to each his/her own.

  20. Keera Mar 18th 2012 at 04:52 am 20

    To those still wondering where the joke is: For once, a character in the strip itself explains it (possibly ungrammatically, as Emily @2 mentioned). It’s not about dressing up; it’s about kissing. :-)

  21. Zinc Saucier Mar 18th 2012 at 03:06 pm 21

    I am a bit of a newbie around here, so maybe I’m off base, but Matthew, you seem to be bit of a jerk. I thought the purpose of this site was to have some fun and share ideas about the comics. Between this post asnd the one where you re reprimanding people for not posting in the way you prefer, you are quite as killjoy.

    No tell me all bout my possible punctuation and phrasing errors above.

  22. James Pollock Mar 18th 2012 at 03:16 pm 22

    The problem with being pedantic about spelling, grammar, and punctuation is that you must be perfect in your own or it gives your opponents such glee to point out your own mistakes. lists “cite” as a verb first, but also as a noun. It should note that “cite” as a noun is informal, and for formal use should be replaced with “citation”, but doesn’t. In those forms of writing that rely heavily on references to authority (law, academia, religion) there’s an extremely complicated format for presenting citation to authority (or more than one, alas…). Blessed are the informal writers, who cite as they please, or not at all.

  23. Mark in Boston Mar 18th 2012 at 06:26 pm 23

    I ain’t never made but one grammar mistake in my life, and I seed it, right off, and taken it back.

  24. The Ploughman Mar 18th 2012 at 06:28 pm 24

    Meanwhile, I think mitch4 may have some insight (12). It doesn’t work with the dialog as is, but it would work better as a joke if somebody’s response to the command “Kiss me, I’m Irish” was to dress them as a member of KISS. How this would be accomplished, I don’t know. That’s what would make it theoretically funny.

  25. Matthew Mar 18th 2012 at 08:57 pm 25

    I appreciate the “maybe”, Zinc.

    Thanks, James P., for the further thoughts on “cite”. After using Webster’s Third International, I went to and saw the entry from a recent Random House dictionary on “cite” as a noun. I had not seen or heard that usage before March 17th 2012 at 9:18 p.m., e.d.t. (or just a few minutes before), as we see above. (Thanks, Bill, for the timestamps. My biographers will need all this info.) My life is utterly changed.

  26. Cidu Bill Mar 19th 2012 at 12:03 am 26

    Okay, I know the site was down for a while, but I can’t believe everybody forgot the rules in just five days. No personal attacks, remember? Don’t make me turn this car around.

  27. Rasheed Mar 19th 2012 at 10:36 am 27‘m+irish&ix=iea&ion=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.,cf.osb&biw=1280&bih=899&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=SkRnT9aSOLSCsgLu9LS3Dw

    Mostly these appeared on buttons people used to wear when buttons were popular.

  28. Elyrest Mar 19th 2012 at 12:41 pm 28

    “Don’t make me turn this car around.”

    Thank you, Bill, for reminding everyone of their manners and re-enforcing why many of us come here. Also for giving me a good laugh. I heard those words come out of my father’s mouth so many times - and he actually did it too on a couple of occasions.

  29. Cidu Bill Mar 19th 2012 at 12:49 pm 29

    And just for the heck of it, let’s look at this one again:

  30. Morris Keesan Mar 20th 2012 at 01:11 pm 30

    Zinc Saucier, this site is for having fun and for talking about comics, and for veering off into digressions about politics and economics and language usage and any other topics that the comics discussion devolves into. I didn’t see anything negative or impolite in Matthew’s post.

    As far as the comic goes, I think it might have made a little more sense if Adam had asked, “Why are you in that costume?”, or something like that, but it’s clear enough. And although I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone SAY “Kiss me, I’m Irish”, I’ve certainly seen it on enough buttons and t-shirts. Rasheed’s link above got broken by wordpress’s inaccurate heuristic for parsing URLs, but here’s a shortened link for what’s probably a similar, if not identical, google search result: .

    And given the date, it’s probably not entirely coincidental that I stumbled across this one this morning:

  31. Mark M Mar 20th 2012 at 01:33 pm 31

    Where was the personal attack?

    I figured out what annoys me about this strip - the fact that the characters are constantly smiling when they talk. Well, except Gene Simmons.

  32. Paperboy Mar 20th 2012 at 02:12 pm 32

    Is it too late to add that mitch4#12 got it? (well, actually, I don’t think he got it; he just came up with a better joke than the cartoonist intended.) And that, even though Brian Basset no longer does the strip, he probably DID start drinking early.

  33. JoeGrunt Mar 20th 2012 at 04:49 pm 33

    @ mitch4 (#12) & The Ploughman (24):

    I think better dialog would be:

    Panel 1–Adam says “Kiss me, I’m Irish!”
    Panel 2–Crowd converges on and hides Adam.
    Panel 3–Adam is wearing the Gene Simmons’ KISS costume & make-up, wondering what happened.

    Unfortunately, the comic wouldn’t have the same feel as an Adam or Adam@home comic.

  34. jjmcgaffey Mar 20th 2012 at 05:05 pm 34

    Actually, Adam and his kids spent the preceding three or four strips working out what their costumes would be. St Pat’s isn’t a costume holiday for me, either, but apparently it is for the writer and/or artist…or, possibly, this whole sequence was a build-up to this strip. In which case it was a lot of work for not much…

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