Morning Line: They Shoot Lame Gags, Don't They?
Today's pathetic "Frank and Ernest" is the proverbial last straw. The gag relies so squarely -- almost solely -- on the topicality of the word "bailout" that we're forced to declare:
It is time for a moratorium on using the word "bailout" as cheap-o punch line, without any deeper, more inspired gag.
And while we're at -- harrumph, harrumph -- can we all declare a moratorium on some other too-easy past-their-sale-date "gag" words? I offer a few suggested candidates -- to wit, my Top (or in this case, Bottom) 10:
8. "Sham Wow"
6. "Susan Boyle"
On second thought, let's give "Twitter" a reprieve -- there are at least a few more months of jokes that the nation's comedians and cartoonists can milk out of that word.
What buzz words do you think make for lame-o punch lines? Your nominations are now accepted.
CLOSE TO HOME: Seems safe to say: Creator John McPherson must have been watching a Trojans game when he was blindsided by this gridiron gag.
JUDGE PARKER: Dixie Julep? Rocky Ledge? Godiva Danube? Really -- which such stellar names, ol' Judge Parker easily has the dullest moniker in the bunch. Even Sam Driver has an action-star name, and Godiva seems straight out of a Bond flick. So 'Riffs poses to question to you: What do you think the greatest name in the history of "Judge Parker" is?
SPEAKING OF SCAMS: No sight is sadder today than "Beetle Bailey" inadvertently trying to out-humor "Dilbert" on the matter of corporate scamming. Compare the two strips today -- well no, sorry, you just can't. Sorry to even suggest such a blasphemous notion.
| May 15, 2009; 7:30 AM ET
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