Peter makes a good argument, but I think that Bill’s reaction is entirely the point. The first three panels seem like the setup for some conventional, mainstream humor, and then it dissolves into nonsense in a style derivative of Monty Python.
The guy if first three panel is set up to be the wierd one for walking up to random women and asking for a threesome, but then it turns out that this particular woman is even weirder for having escaping hair.
Kamino Neko’s link in #4 explains it all. The problem is that if you’re not familiar with this specific quote you don’t get the point. The artist often seems to be a little nerdy-minded in that he seems to believe that if he has read something on the web, then everybody else must have done the same. The link below may give more info on the quote (and more links).
How the whole meme thing will play out is interesting because of the fact that for so many people, the meaning is obvious; but for so many more, they have no clue.
While the above is true for many subculture interests, the ‘meme concept’ is based upon lots of context being crammed into a very small amount of information. Generally, for purposes of making a joke without the need for a long set up.
That’s it? A reference to some obscure (at least to me) photoshopped image of Nicholas Cage where the only similarity is hair that is actually a bird? Then why not have one of the characters make the same quote or make an actual reference to Cage?
I am well familiar with the “My hair is a bird…” meme, but I don’t think that is really what the cartoonist was aiming for. I think he had a pretty funny 3 panel comic and the absurd direction it took in the final 3 panels wasn’t necessarily “filler”, but possibly more for the artist’s enjoyment than the readers.
Or possibly I have it backwards, and he thought the flying hair was *the* joke, and felt obligated to include what he thought was a throw-away gag in the first 3 panels to show why the two characters were conversing in the first place.
Regardless, and even if the “my hair is a bird…” *was* the inspiration, this really has a feel of two separate, unrelated gags.