The Morning Line: The Wordplay's the Thing--but Which Puns to Pan?
Puns to the left of me, double-entendres to the right.
Or, as Shakespeare might have quipped: "Get thee to a punnery!"
Mucking through today's funnypages is sticky stuff, indeed -- even for the comics, the wordplay is thick on the ground.
So which quips are high art, and which are as low as a groan? Gallumphing about with no regard for objectivity, 'Riffs assesses which jests are "best":
We embrace Mr. Coverly's fine-feathered wordplay because -- true to the best puns -- it works on both levels. We toast this panel by raising a glass of Evian -- though perhaps a spritz of "Avian" would be more apropos.
Even for Bucky, this is inspired quippage. Raising the stakes on yesterday's "anomaly/anemone" punning, "Get Fuzzy" invokes a brilliant nod to "Pogo's" most famous line: "We have met the enemy...and he is us." (Note: "Pogo" creator Walt Kelly wrote this slightly differently in a book foreword.) Well-played, Master Conley. Well-played.
RHYMES WITH ORANGE
Nicely done because the balloon text is amusing on its own, without the quippy caption capper. And there's a pun here somewhere about the Cat-skills, but we shan't go there. (Extra points for the Halloween timing.)
FRANK & ERNEST
The strip that delivers painful puns almost daily is especially torturous today. Really, this is wordplay's version of waterboarding. It's not even the punch line that delivers the body blow, actually, as much as the awkwardly contorted setup.
Then again, why not a stiff setup for an "air marshal" gag that absolutely stiffs. In this case: To "air" is human; to forgive is out of line.
Did you find puns more sublime or egregious today? Let us know anon.
| October 29, 2008; 6:00 AM ET
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