Hey, Hey, It’s a Monkey!

Cidu Bill on Jan 30th 2013


This is actually kinda funny without knowing what’s going on. That being said though… what’s going on?

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14 Responses to “Hey, Hey, It’s a Monkey!”

  1. Arthur Jan 30th 2013 at 12:10 am 1

    I finally figured out that she isn’t just talking to herself
    and making up the other side of the conversation. If you look
    hard (and have a good imagination) you can see that she might
    be holding a cell phone in her left hand.

    So, instead of yelling and screaming about the monkey stealing
    light bulbs, she starts a normal conversation and mentions it
    only in passing. The person on the other side also has a monkey
    stealing light bulbs, but doesn’t consider it strange enough or
    important enough to mention until this one says something about

  2. minorannoyance Jan 30th 2013 at 01:00 am 2

    It’s just a bit of shagginess, somebody treating an extraordinary event as the least interesting part of the conversation and barely reacting when, even more extraordinarily, it turns out it’s happening elsewhere as well.

    For some reason think of Bob Newhart’s bit about a security guard at the Empire State Building, just a little anxious while calling his supervisor about King Kong climbing to the top (”No. He didn’t sign in at the front desk.”)

  3. Kilby Jan 30th 2013 at 02:50 am 3

    The first thing I thought of was “How many monkeys does it take to screw in a light bulb?“, but I could not figure out a funny answer that corresponded to this cartoon.

    P.S. How many mice does it take to screw in a light bulb?
    A: Just two, but the have to be pretty small.

  4. Kilby Jan 30th 2013 at 02:51 am 4

    Oops, forgot the “y”.

  5. Todd Jan 30th 2013 at 05:23 am 5

    I was also thinking light bulb joke. That’s probably where it started.

    Where did he get the ladder?

  6. Stan Jan 30th 2013 at 06:35 am 6

    @ Kilby 3- I’ve heard that same joke, but with flies instead of mice.

    A: Two. But I don’t know how they’d get in there.

  7. Morris Keesan Jan 30th 2013 at 09:00 am 7

    The explanation I heard for the mice was, “One isn’t enough, and three won’t fit.”

    As for the comic, I think it’s just “theatre of the absurd”.

  8. G Corbett Jan 30th 2013 at 09:16 am 8

    Or maybe the cartoon was intended for the op-ed page - it shows a representative of the EPA confiscating the woman’s 100W incandescent bulbs. I’m surprised it wasn’t a jackbooted thug on the ladder.

  9. Daniel J. Drazen Jan 30th 2013 at 09:35 am 9

    WRT the caption: hey hey you’re a geezer!

  10. mitch4 Jan 30th 2013 at 09:43 am 10

    I thought it might be alluding to some local news event involving animals escaing from a zoo or reserve and showing up in homes, stealing objects. No joy though on a search for “monkey breakout” besides this Brazil item: http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/monkeys-found-have-used-tools-escape-zoo-brazil.html

  11. Chakolate Jan 30th 2013 at 01:07 pm 11

    If this had been a stylized black and white line drawing, it would be a perfect New Yorker cartoon.

  12. David S. Jan 30th 2013 at 07:15 pm 12

    I thought she was talking to the monkey, which didn’t make a whole lot sense. That cell-phone is a bit hidden.

  13. J-L Jan 31st 2013 at 11:09 am 13

    That’s not necessarily a cell phone. That could be a cordless phone.

    Or just an old-fashioned corded phone (the cord being obscured), for that matter.

    Or a piece of bread.

  14. J-L Jan 31st 2013 at 11:16 am 14

    It impressed at how the light bulb stays lit after it’s unscrewed. The monkey must have a high… electricity or something.

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