The effect of pumping that much sugar into a toddler’s bloodstream is pretty well represented by the wild-eyed stares seen above. It’s not exactly like freebasing speed, but there are some similarities.
P.S. For a teacher, November 1st is one of the most arduous days in the entire school calendar.
It’s hard to tell how old they are, of course, but I don’t gather that Adam and Laura are that much younger than me, and growing up in the 80s, I certainly knew who he was, from stuff like his guesting on the Muppet Show (which originally aired in 1978, the year after I was born, but the Muppet Show was replayed a lot in the 80s).
There is a Liberace movie in production right now with Michael Douglas as Liberace. Maybe seeing a press release about that inspired the comic. It is a dated reference, but maybe Laura watched Liberace with her grandmother, when Laura was a little girl, and loved him because of the memories. Just giving her a little backstory.
Laura might also be old enough to remember Dave Thomas’s Liberace bit on SCTV. But, yeah, this is definitely geezer territory. I just turned 50 a couple of months ago and I barely remember him. I have to say I like James Pollock’s definition @3. There’s a certain amount of truth there.
No such thing as being too young to be a fan of something old. I ended up becoming a fan of a few old celebrities after first learning about them on the Muppet Show (which is itself way before my time).
In general, as long as the tapes still exist, older material still gets new fans from time to time.
@ Inkwell (16) - Years ago, upon seeing an old film clip of Peter Paul & Mary for the very first time, I quickly saw the connection to a particular Muppet character. Whoever played her on The Muppet Show did such a superb job of imitating Mary’s head motions that it was easily recognizable (at least for anyone who had seen the group in concert).
Well, pianos were ubiquitous in Liberace’s day. Real ones are rare now, and even rarer are pipe organs, which is what Cameron Carpenter plays. Carpenter wears more rhinestones in one costume than Liberace owned in his entire wardrobe.