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October 15, 2007


Hiding this behind the special Arlo Page “More” button, just in case…


Morris Keesan: Huh? Benefit concert? Benefit of what? Do they want their balls
back? There’s probably some horrendous pun lurking here, that I just don’t


  1. (red) is an organization/trademark/something created to raise money for The Global Fund (for AIDS in Africa). Companies that participate get a (red) tacked on, as in (product)red. Um, that probably didn’t make any sense, did it? Well, the organizations’s full explanation is here, if you want to read it. Bottom line, it’s a charitable thing whose trademark involves sticking “(red)” at the end of a word.

    And I guess this charity concert involves lots of men who have been “neute(red)” (note the parentheses on the T-shirts), so that they can reach the high notes.

    Damn, that was a really long explanation, and it’s still not funny.

    Comment by Autumn Harvest — October 15, 2007 @ 12:42 am

  2. Is the cartoonist saying that any man who would raise money for an AIDS charity (or an international charity) isn’t quite a man?

    Comment by Charlene — October 15, 2007 @ 12:56 am

  3. Now that “Autumn Harvest” has supplied the necessary background knowledge – thanks! – what amazes me (in retrospect) was that I never noticed the parentheses. Probably because Robert Lovely’s drawing style is so sketchy that my eyes thought those were just folds in baggy T-shirts over flabby frames….

    Now I wonder, had I known about this “(red)” business, would I have perceived the parentheses, or would my not perceiving them have prevented me from getting the joke even then?

    Comment by Ron Obvious — October 15, 2007 @ 3:05 am

  4. I also didn’t notice the parentheses.

    Comment by Powers — October 15, 2007 @ 7:16 am

  5. Well, then, my question is: Is there an actual company/organization called “Neute”?

    Comment by Liz — October 15, 2007 @ 7:59 am

  6. Gap sells a bunch of t-shirts with slogans like desi(red), etc.

    Comment by Hunt — October 15, 2007 @ 9:11 am

  7. Perhaps they’re castrato?

    Comment by John DiFool — October 15, 2007 @ 10:03 am

  8. That would be ‘castratI’ if it’s “they”, but that’s picking nits.

    I did notice the (red) but I’m still not sure exactly what choir this is therefore supposed to be…

    Comment by Heather — October 15, 2007 @ 1:55 pm

  9. Hm, just realized the capital-i looks like a lower-case l in the comments font… c-a-s-t-r-a-t-i.

    Comment by Heather — October 15, 2007 @ 1:56 pm

  10. Well, I think this gag was uninspi(red)

    Comment by Scott — October 15, 2007 @ 4:04 pm

  11. Re: #5

    They do not tack a “(RED)” onto their names, rather they come up with a word that already ends in “red” and place parentheses around the “RED” in capital letters, e.g., Desi(RED), Featu(RED), ado(RED).

    Comment by Pinny — October 16, 2007 @ 6:34 pm

  12. 1) they are castrati (old, pudgy ex-choirboys)
    2) what many others think is an “l” or a “(” is a cleavage indicator… without the appropriate testosterone from their departed genitalia, castrati may well have grown manboobs. Just look at the two on each end of the front row and the second from the left on the top row: manboobs!

    Comment by CAS — October 16, 2007 @ 8:46 pm

  13. Just to drive the point waaay into the ground:

    “A castrato is a male soprano, mezzo-soprano, or alto voice produced either by castration of the singer before puberty or one who, because of an endocrinological condition, never reaches sexual maturity.”

    Comment by Clix — October 23, 2007 @ 9:28 am

  14. very interesting, but I don’t agree with you

    Comment by Idetrorce — December 15, 2007 @ 8:15 am

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