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July 17, 2007



Kathey Saunders: I think it’s a joke about product placement and/or commercial interruptions. Like how we wouldn’t put up with it in other media, but we do in TV. That’s what I’m going with.

Kendall Holt: It’s pretty simple, actually. There are a few brands of popsicles that have jokes printed on the sticks. The punchline can only be seen after the popsicle is eaten, although, in reality, the punchlines of these old jokes are already known by every 6-year-old.

Nikki: Long ago, in a galaxy far far away , there was a comedy ‘talent show’ called the “Gong show”. Most of the supposed talent made the really bad contestants for American Idol look like Luciano Pavarotti. There was ONE act that people still talk about to this very day. That act was the Popsicle Twins. Rather than try to explain the act , I would invite you to view the video here. This comic is clearly flopping and is trying to get applause anyway he can, in this case by repeating the Popsicle Twin act.

Oh yeah — you probably want to put this on the Arlo Page


  1. Nikki, I just watched the video. I’d have given them a five — same as in town.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — July 17, 2007 @ 1:32 am

  2. I think Kendall is correct. I used to get those popsicles when I was a kid – just standard Q & A riddles.

    Q: Where does a 500-pound gorilla sit in a theater?
    A: Anywhere he wants to.

    Q: How do rabbits travel?
    A: By hareplane.

    That sort of thing.

    Comment by meep — July 17, 2007 @ 4:53 am

  3. I’m positive Kendall is correct. The Gong Show clip is just an unfortunate coincidence. =)

    Comment by Powers — July 17, 2007 @ 8:49 am

  4. I’m going with the punchline popsicles as opposed to the Popsicle Twins.

    Comment by Rasheed — July 17, 2007 @ 9:15 am

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    Comment by valentin10 — July 17, 2007 @ 10:16 am

  6. I think Kendall is on the right track, but that would mean the comic strip still lacks congruity.

    If he’s waiting on the punch line, he’s already told the setup on the flip side of the stick, which would mean he already dissolved the popsicle and got to the stick. I’m just going off memory of how those things work.

    But if the setup is on the non-popsicle-covered end, my theory is destroyed.

    How do you make time fly? Throw a clock out the window.

    Comment by Krusher — July 17, 2007 @ 11:00 am

  7. The setup is on the exposed side of the stick, at least on all the ones I’ve eaten. Take that, Krusher’s theory!

    Comment by Count Shrimpula — July 17, 2007 @ 11:39 am

  8. I think he’s gotten a really cold popsicle, and his tongue is stuck, ala that kid in the Christmas Story. He’ll deliver the punch line as soon as he un-sticks himself.

    Comment by John MacLerran — July 17, 2007 @ 11:53 am

  9. Count Shrimpula:

    I guess my career as a syllogist was derailed before it started.

    Comment by Krusher — July 17, 2007 @ 5:48 pm

  10. Some popsicle companies print riddles on the popsicle sticks. The question part is on the part of the stick that shows and you have to eat the popsicle to find the answer to the riddle.

    Comment by tolmank — July 20, 2007 @ 11:50 pm

  11. Does the popsicle really matter? I mean really? Seems to me like the source of the humor is that it’s ridiculous to have a comedian that would eat a popsicle on stage… Maybe

    Comment by Sweet Lou — September 9, 2007 @ 3:05 am

  12. its about a joke on the popsicle stick

    Comment by penelope — November 23, 2007 @ 11:20 pm

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