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December 26, 2007

Need a Lift?

Filed under: Bill Bickel, Charles Addams, CIDU, Close to Home, comic strips, comics, humor, skiing — Cidu Bill @ 2:26 pm


Is there something specific happening here, or just an unspecified Chas Addams “Uh oh!” gag (which, personally, I find funnier)?


  1. This one is a bit confusing. All of the chairs seem to be going in the same direction, which doesn’t make sense. It might be funny if the hanging riders appeared to coming from the top of the lift instead of going toward the top.

    Comment by TG — December 26, 2007 @ 3:25 pm

  2. I think they are coming from the top of the lift. I guess it’s a comment on what happens if you don’t jump off your seat at the right moment.

    Comment by Keera — December 26, 2007 @ 3:51 pm

  3. I see it as one of those “you are going to die and there’s nothing you can do about it” moments. The people going up the hill can clearly see that something horrible is happening to the people up there, but they have no way to avoid it.

    Comment by src — December 26, 2007 @ 4:03 pm

  4. Perhaps a caption would be in order. Something like, “Must be a bit windy at the top.”
    Dosen’t make any funnier but might solve the confusion.

    Comment by William Matheny — December 26, 2007 @ 6:07 pm

  5. src thinks as I do. I foresee a huge monster’s maw at the top, a monster happily sitting there as food comes along the conveyor belt pre-set into bite-sized portions. Around comes a chair… chomp! Next chair… chomp!

    Comment by Heather — December 26, 2007 @ 9:07 pm

  6. Same ski lift as this In the Bleachers.

    Comment by Rick — December 27, 2007 @ 4:48 am

  7. Oh it took me a minute to figure out that people were hanging on to the broken remains of the chair. They looked like they were covered in fur, which I didn’t get.

    Comment by Cedar — December 27, 2007 @ 3:09 pm

  8. Yeah, I definitely think it’s just an “Uh-oh” gag. The humor comes in the thought that they are trapped going to the top of this hill and can see that something bad happens, but they have no idea what. It seems like pretty dark humor, but humor nonetheless. I think most of the funny is in the imagination of what could be at the top.

    Comment by bAT L. — December 29, 2007 @ 2:18 am

  9. I found this hilarious. There’s obviously something wrong with the roundabout at the top of the chairlift and those going up the mountain are just realizing it.

    Comment by Mike — January 3, 2008 @ 10:22 pm

  10. I laughed out loud at both of them, but the “In the Bleachers” one is even funnier.

    Comment by Wendy — January 9, 2008 @ 5:25 pm

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