Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word

Link to today’s strip.

Well, once again I can kind of see the joke here.  If Owen was slightly likable, it could have worked, though in the main it seems like a joke well past its prime.  I recently unearthed a whole slew of BC paperbacks I’d put in storage, and this seems like a joke BC might have used back in the 70’s.  Peter would be leaning up against a rock painted “Peter’s Popcorn Emporium” and BC himself would ask about flavors and be given the same spiel, with the same response.

Although, I think BC would have…phrased…the final question somewhat better.  “Do you just have any plain popcorn” is really awkward, almost desperate; it would be far better said “Do you have any just plain popcorn” but I guess if you’ve been out of the joke-telling business for a decade or two, the ol’ muscles get a bit rusty.

And yes, I can also see the attempts at humor in the flavorings–sushi, gruyere-porcini, et al.  If Tom Batiuk really wanted to kick it into “funny” territory, the last entry would be “spam.”  But I guess that was a bridge too far.

By the way, those old BC paperbacks were pretty funny.  Amazing what could be done with some rocks, some odd tunics, ants, a Fat Broad, and a Cute Chick.



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15 responses to “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word

  1. Give Owen a little credit, I guess, for working on his sales pitch: here he’s able to reel off a dozen different varieties of “flavored popcorn’; ’twas only a few years ago that he could barely say anything.

  2. Epicus Doomus

    Meh, I’ve seen worse FW gags, just another variation on “school fundraising = always funny”. At least it finally stopped snowing. If BanTom is feeling especially zany tomorrow, maybe it’ll rain.

  3. SpacemanSpiff85

    Fundraiser food is expensive. So why would you want to pay $10 or so for plain popcorn when you can buy it and microwave it yourself?

  4. No, no, that’s not how the Monty Python Cheese sketch goes…

  5. billytheskink

    Wouldn’t “veggie” flavored popcorn taste like… plain popcorn?

  6. I’ll give The Author credit for going for funny. (The joke may have whiskers but it’s at least a joke.) It stands in contrast to the labored and ultimately mean strips that started the week.

  7. As jokes go, it was one.

  8. It just goes to show that if you look at a stopped clock, it’s right twice a day.

  9. Rusty Shackleford

    Well that was good, good as it gets in the funkyverse.

  10. Chullohead once again establishes himself as the most punchable of the current high school characters, and the face of the new generation. I have to give it to Tom, he’s nailed the indifferent-maybe-stoned-teen-who-eschews-personal-hygiene look pretty well.

  11. batgirl

    Good thing Les isn’t present. He’d have to correct the woman’s grammar. She has ‘just’ modifying the verb ‘have’, and not ‘plain’. The only way she’d be correct would be if she had not heard any of the flavours and was asking if all they had was plain. Even then it would be an awkward construction.
    Still, it’s close to a joke.

  12. Substitute “weed” for “popcorn”, and it would be the greatest thing Batiuk ever created…

  13. HeyItsDave

    @hitorque – Great idea!!

  14. ComicBookHarriet

    That’s amazing. Sent it to my friend to show her the newer, edgier, Funkystyle.


    “Hey kids!. Did you know if you waste decrease your workload by just listing things in your second panel? It will give you more time to think up your punchline….or no punchline if your an artistic genius like moi!”

    This has been another episode of Learning to Create Comics with Tom Batiuk.