Sunday Funnies - LOL January 6, 2013

Cidu Bill on Jan 6th 2013

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33 Responses to “Sunday Funnies - LOL January 6, 2013”

  1. Inkwell Jan 5th 2013 at 11:46 pm 1

    I don’t get the 9CL one. Why hopscotch? Does the fact that it’s two panels instead of one have anything to do with it?

  2. Jeff S. Jan 6th 2013 at 01:04 am 2

    The boomerang was the very first regift… ever.

  3. Stan Jan 6th 2013 at 03:33 am 3

    I’m with Inkwell. Solidarity sister. Or brother.

  4. Kilby Jan 6th 2013 at 04:10 am 4

    I understand the sequence of events in Buni, but it doesn’t seem to be that funny, unless one thinks that ill-timed tragic events are funny.

    P.S. On 9CL, does he have to toss the cello onto the field before hopping up to collect it?

  5. DemetriosX Jan 6th 2013 at 05:26 am 5

    Isn’t Bug bordering on a geezer alert? I just double-checked and the Donny and Marie song was from 1976. How many people are going to get a 36-year-old reference, especially readers of a webcomic? Or is there some newer reference I’m not aware of?

    I also disagree slightly with the premise. My musical tastes run about 90% classic rock, but I don’t mind the occasional country song. Sure it’s mostly where the genres intersect, like rockabilly or southern rock, but I’m by no means averse to the occasional Johnny Cash or Hank Williams, Sr. tune.

  6. Bob in Nashville Jan 6th 2013 at 08:25 am 6

    I’m with DemetriosX on the geezer alert. As a geezer, I got the reference. (Although in all fairness it proves “a little bit” to be a subjective term as Marie has always been a whole Hell of a lot more country than Donny ever was or ever will be rock & roll.)

    Also mostly agree for the most part on musical tastes, but although I prefer 70s style rock, I’m not averse to other musical styles. But the only genre of which I like less than country is rap. Still, give me some Johnny Cash or some Dixie Chicks and I’m happy.

    I took the 9CL as an, “Edda being weirdly playful” gag. Although that would be difficult with a cello, especially given concern for the protection of the instrument.

  7. Lola Jan 6th 2013 at 08:48 am 7

    Bug was funny right through the last panel but gained a bit of CIDU with the “Scor” in the speech bubble. Even looked up the lyrics to see what the reference might be. I’m a card carrying GEEZER so can either DemetriosX & Bob in Nashville explain the reference.

  8. Mike D Jan 6th 2013 at 09:06 am 8

    I didn’t catch the song reference for Bug until I read the comments, but I still found it amusing when I first read it. The “Scor” is nothing but the first syllable of “scorpions”, when the second dumpster occupant interrupted the first’s commentary on their surroundings.

  9. Bill Jan 6th 2013 at 09:17 am 9

    Scorpions…

  10. Powers Jan 6th 2013 at 09:19 am 10

    Lyrics, Lola? That’s a guy in the dumpster asking who throws away so many scorpions.

  11. Kevin A. Jan 6th 2013 at 09:19 am 11

    Hey Lola, that’s “scor-”, not “scor”. It connects only with the caption above.

  12. Bob in Nashville Jan 6th 2013 at 09:20 am 12

    “A little bit country.” Donny and Marie. She’s a little bit country. He’s a little bit rock & roll. She’s a little bit Memphis & Nashville with a little bit of Motown in his soul.

    That was their signature song on their TV show in the ’70s.

  13. Bob in Nashville Jan 6th 2013 at 09:24 am 13

    The geezer reference was in the first panel.

  14. Lola Jan 6th 2013 at 09:33 am 14

    duh! Evidently it helps to be fully awake. :)

  15. Jeff S. Jan 6th 2013 at 10:46 am 15

    I am a geezer too, but although the comment in the first panel of Bug matches the lyrics to the Donnie and Marie Osmond song, I’m not convinced it is specifically referencing it. There’s no mention of being a little bit rock ‘n roll, unless there was a follow-up strip another time. This strip is exclusively about completely embracing or completely avoiding country music only.

  16. Mark M Jan 6th 2013 at 12:07 pm 16

    I got the Donny and Marie reference right away, but agree with the others that the under 40 crowd might not get it. Still I’m not sure I understand the “Shh!!” of the last panel. Are there 2 people in the dumpster? Do they not want the country singer to hear them because he’s looking for an audience?

  17. Bob in Nashville Jan 6th 2013 at 12:37 pm 17

    Maybe the scorpions wanted to hear the country singer.

  18. Lost in A**2 Jan 6th 2013 at 01:46 pm 18

    Yup, not one but TWO people so desperate to avoid country music that they are hiding in a dumpster full of scorpions. And don’t want to be caught.

    On 9CL: yeah, pay good money to go to a concert and then watch the featured cellist play hopscotch on the way to his seat. Works for me. ;/

  19. Mark in Boston Jan 6th 2013 at 05:03 pm 19

    What would be funnier for 9CL is if they were going to play Brahms’ Piano Quintet in F Minor [a “piano quintet” is a string quartet plus piano, not five pianos] only she’s out there first, and she’s already playing something on the piano, and the four string players come out but there are only three chairs.

    When she stops playing, whoever is not sitting down is out. If a violinist is out they play a Brahms piano quartet; if the violist is out they play a Bach trio sonata; if the cellist is out they play bridge.

  20. Ted in Fort Lauderdale Jan 6th 2013 at 06:27 pm 20

    Aside from a geezer-ish Donnie and Marie reference (which to be honest, I didn’t get initially - not because I am not a geezer but because I never liked, watched, or listened to D&M) it could also reference a 7th season South Park episode (named “I’m a Little Bit Country”, which used the song and was also the 100th episode). That was from 2003 (and has been on the repeat and syndication schedule ever since) so is likely more known to the younger crowd (and even to some geezers like me) then the direct D&M reference.

  21. Bob in Nashville Jan 6th 2013 at 09:17 pm 21

    Well, Ted, I guess that makes me slightly less of a geezer, then, because I was barely a teenager and had to watch what the rest of the family was watching.

  22. Gg83 Jan 6th 2013 at 10:32 pm 22

    I’m 29 and I got the “Little bit country, little bit rock ‘n’ roll” reference right away, although I didn’t know that it was Donny and Marie specifically, or that it was referenced in a South Park episode. I think I may have just heard it on the radio when I was younger, or maybe on one of my parents’ records.

    9CL is still a CIDU for me.

  23. Elyrest Jan 6th 2013 at 11:14 pm 23

    “9CL is still a CIDU for me.”

    My take on this is that Edda, having made Amos jump through hoops all throughout their relationship, is doing the same thing to him on stage. Her subtle smirk is another clue to her motivations - she likes to play games.

  24. Stan Jan 7th 2013 at 12:38 am 24

    9CW…The biggest mystery to me is why this was included in the Sunday Funnies collection. There seems to be numerous interpretations, and none of them are particularly humorous. Was this a misplaced CIDU? Either that, or my funny bone needs some serious medical attention.

  25. Cidu Bill Jan 7th 2013 at 01:23 am 25

    Actually, I just found it visually funny. Damned if I know what it means.

  26. Paperboy Jan 7th 2013 at 01:46 am 26

    9 Chickweed Lane; Lost In A**2 #18 got it: the incongruity of a refined classical musician hopping like a child to his seat. Also,as Elyrest#23 says, he’ll have to do it if he wants to keep Edda smug and happy.

  27. John Small Berries Jan 7th 2013 at 09:12 am 27

    Honestly, I don’t get all the discussion about whether or not the Bug strip is a geezer thing. If the comic had replaced “country” with another genre of music, and “hoedown” with the analogous term for a dancing event, would there need to have been a song with “I’m a little bit {swing|rockabilly|goth|hip hop|etc.}” in the lyrics for anyone to understand the rest of the comic?

    Sure, for those people who are familiar with the Donnie and Marie song, the lyric fragment is recognizable, but the comic still stands without that knowledge.

  28. MollyJ Jan 7th 2013 at 11:08 am 28

    And the Dilbert didn’t get an “Ewwwww” tag because…?

  29. Ted in Fort Lauderdale Jan 7th 2013 at 11:14 am 29

    JSB - I don’t know if there would need to be a song, but I think the line “[I’m] a little bit {whatever}” would need to preexist in some form to play the “I don’t think anyone is a _little_ bit {whatever}” assertion off of - specifically, the “little” in the assertion, which drives the rest of the strip. Without that, the comic doesn’t really make sense - not that it is all that good even with it…

  30. Pinny Jan 7th 2013 at 02:41 pm 30

    The phrase “a little bit country” is current: The reality TV show, “Jennie Garth: A Little Bit Country” debuted April 20, 2012 on CMT and so far, has run for an 8 episode first season.

  31. Ted in Fort Lauderdale Jan 7th 2013 at 02:46 pm 31

    Pinny @ 30 - of course, you already need to be more than a little bit country to know anything about that show, since it is on CMT…

  32. nile Jan 7th 2013 at 06:25 pm 32

    I’m old but I love SouthPark and that’s the first reference I personally have for that song.

    I was pondering earlier today (ponderously) re satirical songs because I learned the Mad Magazine lyrics before I knew the actual songs to a lot of their parodies of movies.
    I was humming (why?) On the Street Where You Live today and realized I was using the Mad Magazine Street of the Ads parody lyrics.

  33. Bob in Nashville Jan 7th 2013 at 06:47 pm 33

    Good point, Molly @ 28. The Dilbert was a LOLEwww.

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