Dirty ‘trix

Funky seems confused? He’s got plenty of company among readers of today’s strip as we try to parse the supposed humor here. Exactly what disturbing “mental image” does the word executrix conjure in his mind? Is Funky envisioning his spouse as a female pilot? Doesn’t make sense, but when did that ever disqualify a gag in the Funkiverse? Perhaps the first syllables of the word have him thinking that Holly is going to “execute” him? If she hasn’t had him whacked by now he’s probably safe. Well then I guess the gag is that Funky, that dirty old man, associates “executrix” with “dominatrix”, two words with absolutely no other connection aside from the last four letters, and is envisioning the wife looking like Rosie O’Donnell in Exit to Eden. You Google it.

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16 responses to “Dirty ‘trix

  1. Epicus Doomus

    DO NOT Google that…just don’t. Boy, there’s no leap of wordplay Batom won’t make. He must have been something else in grade school. How long can this possibly be? I mean if this isn’t the absolute bottom of the barrel next week will be sheer torture.

  2. billytheskink

    Holly would become a wingless bird with hairy feathers?

    Sorry, wrong comic strip

  3. spacemanspiff85

    If this guy just now, after a week’s worth of strips with Funky, noticed he looks confused, he really needs to be disbarred.

  4. spacemanspiff85

    It does make perfect sense that Funky’s mind would go to “dominatrix”, given his relationship with his personal trainer, though.

  5. Jimmy

    I try to be nonjudgmental since I have no room to talk, but damn, thanks for that awful imagery, TFH. I’ll just pretend you wrote “Dana Delany” instead.

  6. spacemanspiff85

    @Jimmy:
    Can you really get any worse than “Holly Winkerbean, dominatrix”, though?

  7. Meanwhile, Holly is in despair because this world in which her idiot husband either thinks of her as trying to kill him for the money or telling him that the safety word is banana has left her in despair.

  8. Charles

    You guys have covered pretty much all that’s stupid with this rather sad little storyline, but I can’t help but think while viewing these strips, and the strips of Funky and Holly with their doctor last week, about how much money these two nimrods are blowing with Funky’s stupid joking asides and irrelevant concerns.

    “Yes, executrix sounds like dominatrix, I suppose, but the two things have nothing to do with one another. And the last sentence and this one have cost you an additional four dollars. I probably should stop you after I essentially made twenty bucks off discussing how many people would have gone to your funeral in my scenario, because sooner or later I’ll risk being sanctioned by the State Bar for charging someone of diminished capacity for nonsense advice.”

  9. Chyron HR

    FUNKY: I’m sorry, I use humor to cope with uncomfortable situations.
    ESTATE PLANNER: I see. Well, at least you haven’t done that during your appointment today.

  10. Gerard Plourde

    If the lawyer is still discussing the trust, Holly would become the trustee, not the executrix.

  11. I sat here staring at the final panel speechless for a full five minutes before changing websites. I honestly cannot fathom how anyone would think this qualifies as even the most obscure pun. Or borderline humorous wordplay for that matter. Plus we already have one Crankshaft in this comic universe so there’s no point to dipping into malaprop territory. Any good will TB earned for at least trying to write gags for the first time in ages was squandered by the sheer stupidity.

  12. Plus, it’s an irrevocable trust so she’s a trustee, Tom, you nitwit. You can’t have a punchline when your setup has a different premise. And a lawyer wouldn’t misspeak in such a routine matter. http://www.trusts-etc.com/execs_ttees.html

    Lawyer: And Holly would be the trustee.
    Funky: I know she’s reliable, but why would she be in prison?
    Lawyer: Remember how I said you died from poisoning?

  13. Gerard Plourde

    @ Fred Blurt – Kudos for coming up with a better set-up and punchline. Yours is actually funny.

  14. @Gerard. I could almost take that as a compliment if the bar here were not set so low. As a bunch of folks here continue to prove, we snarkers can come up with funnier gags, not to mention genuine wordplay that makes sense as opposed to simply pulling a word out of thin air that makes no contextual sense or is just a word we heard and became determined to use some day. Tom, I know you are reading this, so consider sending us a batch of strips that don’t have dialogue yet and crowdsourcing us for puns, gags, and wry wordplay. We can’t possibly do any worse than you.

    I picture a scenario like the back page ot The New Yorker, where readers submit toon captions and then readers vote on the best one which then gets published the next week. Maybe that’s how Batiuk and Ayers came together for Crankshaft – except it was the person who submitted the worst dialogue who got the gig…

  15. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    Baw haw haw! What’s more funny than Estate Planning, amirite? All the jargon, and naughty sounding words like “executrix.” Not to mention the cool chance to talk about death. And then we have Flunky, who is about 60 years old, behaving like a Space Alien who is hearing about these concepts and terms for the first time.

    Makes me wonder if BatWit has a drawer full of rejected Mork and Mindy scripts he’s trying to re-purpose.

  16. The Dreamer

    Hmmm…Holly dressed in tight form fitting leather, holding a whip, standing over their bed, where a nude Funky is handcuffed to a bed post and wearing a dog collar. Sounds like a Sunday panel with an insert box showing Funky waking up from his dream, and an annoyed Holly going, ‘now I know why Cindy divorced you!”