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December 5, 2007

Chanukah Comics That Made Morris Keesan and Rob Verbeck Laugh Out Loud

Morris Keesan

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Rob Verbeck: Maybe this is a “you’ve got to be there” comic, but…

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  1. Alan Gelfand’s moonlighting gig.

    Comment by shennydenny — December 5, 2007 @ 11:34 am

  2. Thanks for posting. The only thing I didn’t like was that the captions being numbered for those who wouldn’t know to read from right to left. While I understand the need to play to the left of the Hudson crowd in general, A) this is from THE NEW YORKER and B) if you don’t have that minimal amount of background knowledge, the comic probably doesn’t work anyway.

    I wonder if Roz Chast put the numbers in or if a editor had them added.

    Comment by Rob — December 5, 2007 @ 9:52 pm

  3. I was okay with the numbering, because even knowing the order in which the candles get lit (and a surprising number of Jews don’t remember), you might not realize the captions should be read in the same order.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — December 5, 2007 @ 9:56 pm

  4. The menora comic amused me far more than most christmas comics I’ve seen.

    Comment by Shah — December 5, 2007 @ 11:35 pm

  5. I’m a goy from “east” of the Hudson and thought that there would be 8 candles for the eight days. I never counted before. There are 9 places on this menorah. Would someone let me know if I’ve been that unobservant. (no pun intended)

    Comment by Frank — December 6, 2007 @ 12:02 am

  6. The 9th candle is the “shammes” candle, the one used to light the others.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — December 6, 2007 @ 12:03 am

  7. Shah – I think I know why.

    The comic is funny on its own, but I know I haven’t seen many comics about non-commercial-Christian holidays, so Chanukah humor has yet to be driven into the ground.

    Memphis, Tennessee resident here – east of the Mississippi!

    Comment by Kaitlyn — December 6, 2007 @ 12:25 am

  8. If the comic was written in Hebrew, I could understand leaving off the numbers. In English, one must specify if one’s readers are to read backwards, Menorah or no.

    Not to mention that I don’t see how “the menorah is lit from right to left” is essential background knowledge on par with “eight candles are lit, one for each day of Hannukah”, which is the only background knowledge necessary to understand the comic.

    Comment by Powers — December 6, 2007 @ 6:44 am

  9. The menorah one is funny, but in my experience, 8 excuses is overkill. Excuses 1 and 6 will carry you through all of Hannukah. (We’ve used excuse #1 for the first two days this year—probably we’ll use it again tonight.)

    Comment by Apple Harvest — December 6, 2007 @ 9:26 am

  10. The numbers are needed to emphasize that the eight excuses with a night as well as with a candle. The numbers would be needed even if the captions were to be read left to right.

    Comment by John — December 6, 2007 @ 10:48 am

  11. This is a great one and so true. She left out “didn’t get to store in time to get candles” but that is more of a problem here west of the Hudson (way west) than in New York where you can get them at any grocery pretty much.

    Comment by Scott — December 7, 2007 @ 12:15 pm

  12. btw, you should know, that you don’t have to light the menorah candles before sunset (excuse #3), as its not like the sabbath…
    and i don’t get the difficulty over the numbers… its to show you #1 = night 1… and so on… (since the way a menorah is lit is from left to right) so whats the problem?

    Comment by shirjoy — November 24, 2008 @ 4:33 pm


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