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July 27, 2007

And the “Would Have Made a Better Punchline Forty-Seven Years Ago” Award goes to…

Filed under: bats, Bill Bickel, comic strips, comics, humor, Strange Brew — Cidu Bill @ 10:02 am


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  1. I get it.

    It might not be necessary to go all the way back 47 years: in the 80s there was an SNL sketch in which Eddie Murphy had himself made up to look white, and it included hilarious (staged, scripted) scenes in which bankers happily gave him sacks of money, cops tore up parking tickets, etc.

    Comment by Brian Leahy — July 27, 2007 @ 6:39 pm

  2. When that SNL skit aired, I wonder what percent of the audience realized it was inspired by a book that was already a quarter of a century old — and in fact was written before Eddie Murphy was born.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — July 27, 2007 @ 7:06 pm

  3. I agree. Way out of date. But I give him props for trying…

    Comment by Jim Moore — July 27, 2007 @ 8:08 pm

  4. I’m confused. I’m only 20, but I don’t think I know anyone who DOESN’T know Black Like Me and wouldn’t get the joke in this comic (and I’ve never heard of the SNL skit until now).

    Comment by J — July 27, 2007 @ 8:40 pm

  5. It’s probably a hit-or-miss thing, J: My son is a college freshman and unusually well-read, yet he never happened to have heard of “Black Like Me”. Faulkner, Hemingway, Updike, yeah, but this one was under his radar.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — July 27, 2007 @ 9:23 pm

  6. I’ve heard of the experiment but didn’t remember the name of the book and probably wouldn’t have made the connection.

    Comment by Powers — July 28, 2007 @ 7:28 am

  7. Just for the record… Over 300 visitors have already clicked the link.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — July 28, 2007 @ 1:36 pm

  8. Here’s the SNL sketch if anyone’s interested:

    Comment by Brian Leahy — July 29, 2007 @ 1:11 pm

  9. I’ve read the book, and it took me a minute to get the joke.

    Comment by Kiki — July 30, 2007 @ 12:34 pm

  10. Is “Bat Like Me” actually part of the cartoon? The .gif is missing, but from the SnapShots pop-up it looks like it isn’t. That would make this an obscure cartoon *without* a punchline.

    Comment by DPWally — July 30, 2007 @ 3:31 pm

  11. “Bat Like Me” is part of the comic

    Comment by Cidu Bill — July 30, 2007 @ 4:31 pm

  12. It’s really just not funny, which happens when you’re a political cartoonist struggling to fit a dealine.

    Comment by jeremy — August 16, 2007 @ 4:25 pm

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