The Morning Line: When Laffs Are an Olympian Task
As the glorious Olympic torch is raised aloft tonight and the world's ultimate athletes bask in the heart-warming glow of international camaraderie before battling friend, foe and Beijing "air," there is one hurdle we all must face:
The glut of Olympic-themed comics.
Be forewarned, comics readers: It will get downright ugly at times. Some storylines will be strained, some gags will be milked. But as we help spur you through this grueling marathon of sometime mediocrity, we are confident of one thing: If you can endure years of "Beetle Bailey," then you can withstand a torturous two weeks of Tiananmen Square gags (and there's a term you don't see everyday).
So, safe to say you can expect the usual round of "jokes" about (pick at least three from the menu): performance-enhancing drugs; synchronized swimming; Tiananmen Square; dicey dismounts; Speedos; Tiananmen Square; parallel bars; errant shot puts; enormo weightlifters; and did we mention Tiananmen Square?
So we encourage you to stay focused. Stay hydrated. And whenever possible, don't inhale the stale comic air.
Now, on to the gold medals for this week's Riffys:
1. FAVORITE SIGHT GAG: "Brevity" (Friday). Variations on this visual theme might be as old as vaudeville, flappers and still-delightful comic "Little Nemo in Slumberland," but from mop to plungers, this one is executed splendidly. Well-played, Guy & Rodd.
2. FAVE WORDPLAY: "Get Fuzzy" (all week). The "three-punch hole" pulled us in, but it is today's "fireproof defiling cabinet" that knocks us out. Pound for pound, pun for pun, Bucky is our favorite little linguist.
3. MOST DISTURBING IMAGE: "Candorville" (Sunday). Shock. Recoil. Is that the unholy spawn of the late great Sam Kinison? No matter what Darrin Bell was going for, this yapping representation of the Internet will haunt our waking dreams. At least for a coupla more days and nights.
What comics this week made you want to stand and cheer, or recline and jeer? Our Line is now open...
NOTE: From now on, look for our riffage on the
weekend's comics in Monday's "Morning Line."
| August 8, 2008; 6:00 AM ET
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