Who Brings the Sexy Back? Now Taking Your '09 Nominations
Ah, the power of an A-list pop star. Justin Timberlake may sing a razor line better than he can draw one, but with just a single near-three-minute performance, he's upped the "Q" rating of a less-than-hip comic character. Namely: Irving.
That's right, IRVING. As in Irving Hillman, the tech-obsessed hubby in "Cathy."
After Timberlake appeared on "Saturday Night Live" in a Weekend Update sketch, several women I know -- women who long ago abandoned their readership of chatty "Cathy" -- said they'd have to revisit Irving as an object of crew-neck sweatered manly desire.
At least in Irving's case, J.T. may have brought the sexy back. Scratch that -- he's perhaps accomplished something even more remarkable: He's stirred at least a few women not prone to ACK!-powered "sweat drops" and "frustration squiggles" to think of Irving as sexy at all.
This blog's riffage about hottie comic folk yesterday prompted some calls for a recount. Last August, 'Riffs -- cheap and tawdry as we are -- solicited your suggestions for Most Attractive Cartoon Characters. Since that time, however, "Judge Parker" has rotated through rooms full of gimlet-eyed, suggestively clad women, as well as skinny-tied, chiseled-jaw men who look as cool-as-the-other-side-of James Bond's pillow.
So let the nomination process begin. 'Riffs is now accepting your hottie contenders for 2009.
From "Archie" to "Ziggy" (well, perhaps not Ziggy), let the nominations begin.
ELSEWHERE 'ROUND THE FUNNIES...
Really?! Mark Trail is really gonna wrap up this whole twisted story-line about Ken&Patty (and the loving stag that came between them) with a pat, swarmy, moralistic and moronic four-balloon wrap-up? Yes, I know, this is "Mark Trail," but STILL.
Such cloying, cornball pseudo-wisdom would embarrass even self-loathing "Full House" writers who've taken their absurdly ample earnings and gone into seclusion.
In the immortal exclamation of the sweat-prone sexpot that is Cathy: "ACK!"
Poor, poor naive Nate. He actually believes ALL those letters to "Walter Scott's Personality Parade" -- all those letters so perfectly timed to movie openings and celeb press releases -- are each written by civilians. Oh, so much yet to be taught at Nate's school.
And speaking of "Big Nate": A couple of weeks back, we wrote about Jeff Kinney ("Diary of a Wimpy Kid") passing along word of the new "Big Nate Island" feature for kids. Well, the feature has now launched, and United Media reports that it's doing strong traffic: A million visitors on the first day, and more than 2 million unique visitors for the first week.
"PEARLS BEFORE SWINE":
Today's is laugh-out-loud funny, but perhaps not to a couple of my relatives who are dentists. They can assure me that dental folk make good partners because dentists:
1. Have a deft touch with mouths.
2. Are especially good with their hands.
The one dating caveat, though, they'd advise: Beware the co-pay.
| March 11, 2009; 8:30 AM ET
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