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January 7, 2008

Even Billo Doesn’t Get It

Filed under: Bill Bickel, CIDU, clowns, comic strips, comics, humor, Meaning of Lila — Cidu Bill @ 12:02 am


  1. A bar with REALLY bad lighting?

    Comment by Dave Van Domelen — January 7, 2008 @ 1:20 am

  2. I have to admit, I saw it coming even without looking ahead (which is really hard to do sometimes). How did she not see him? #1’s bad lighting comment makes the most sense. Maybe he went to the bathroom after she saw him and put his makeup and costume on there?

    Wait, maybe it’s metaphorical and because of what he says she really does start to see what a ‘clown’ that guy is! I hope I’m not reading too much into it this time, but for people to catch that would be a stretch.

    Comment by bAT L. — January 7, 2008 @ 1:54 am

  3. Could it be that Billo is expecting too much from the world these days?

    Or maybe the lady’s (temporarily) blind?

    Comment by Ron Obvious — January 7, 2008 @ 2:20 am

  4. “That guy? He’s a clown.” Literally. Nothing more than that.

    Comment by Powers — January 7, 2008 @ 6:46 am

  5. I agree with Powers, but then I looked at the woman’s expression in the last panel. It’s that an “oh no” kinda look, as though she really couldn’t see him from afar ?

    Comment by Nicole — January 7, 2008 @ 7:53 am

  6. Maybe she already saw that he was dressed as a clown but was rather dismayed that he is introducing himself as “Bozo” rather than using his real name (or, perhaps his real name was Bozo). Either way, her expression in the last panel may reflect that more than his appearance.

    Comment by someone else — January 7, 2008 @ 8:23 am

  7. I realize that this is completely the wrong blog for this comment but. . .everyone’s totally overanalyzing this. It’s just a comic. It doesn’t have to make sense how she could not see that he was literally a clown.

    Comment by Autumnal Harvest — January 7, 2008 @ 8:53 am

  8. I took this a bit differently. Sometimes, a comic strip will show things as a protagonist sees them, rather than as they’d appear to a bystander. A normal-looking man comes up and starts a conversation; we now see her perception of him and what he’s saying.

    Comment by Arthur — January 7, 2008 @ 11:20 am

  9. “t doesn’t have to make sense how she could not see that he was literally a clown.”

    I find that jokes that don’t make sense are not funny. It’s not that the joke isn’t funny because we overanalyze the joke. We overanalyze the joke because the joke is not funny.

    – Kef

    Comment by furrykef — January 7, 2008 @ 12:52 pm

  10. “It doesn’t have to make sense how she could not see that he was literally a clown.”
    True, but… Maybe she’s just very near-sighted and too vain to wear glasses (I know people like this 8^).

    Comment by Dan V — January 7, 2008 @ 3:05 pm

  11. I too saw the fourth panel coming as soon as the guy said “he’s a clown”, but nevertheless I laughed out loud at “My name is Bozo,” the look of the clown, and the woman’s expression.

    Obviously, what’s funny is a personal matter, but I did find this one funny without trying to make it make sense.

    I can’t be completely sure from the names, but I wonder if by and large the women found this funny, and the men are over-analyzing? Just a (perhaps misguided) observation.

    Comment by Wendy — January 8, 2008 @ 6:18 pm

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