Phew-Litzer Worthy

Link to today’s strip

Oh brother. “The Noble Piece Of Chocolate Prize”…ladies and gentlemen, quite possibly the worst FW joke of 2017…so far. “Peace”…”piece”…just abysmal, one of those FW gags that would elicit eye-rolls from a classroom full of dull-witted third graders. And it’s lazy too. “Piece of chocolate prize”, I mean gak, that’s just terrible.

While I’m (sigh) well aware of band candy’s place in FW lore, part of what was supposed to be “zany” about the band fundraising arcs was the way they were always selling stuff other than band candy, like turkeys and band director autobiographies. I don’t remember any arcs about the massive amounts of cheap Belgian chocolate Harry was importing but apparently it was a huge part of his whole goofy persona all along. Maybe I should (chortle) start paying better attention here.

There is of course the strong possibility that this entire premise was built around creating an opportunity to do this joke. This whole chocolate thing did sort of come completely out of nowhere, although that doesn’t especially mean anything either. It’s also interesting to note that for the second week in a row he’s spoofing awards, which again might mean something or might mean nothing whatsoever. It’s just weird is all, which would be a terrific title for the complete FW Act III anthology collection.


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16 responses to “Phew-Litzer Worthy

  1. count of tower grove

    Harry is so moved by the honor– to chocolatiers!

  2. DOlz

    @count of tower grove.

    Ouch! That one left a mark!

  3. billytheskink

    People are willing to show up and watch this, uh, “ceremony”? Or did Eddie Van Houten and Dinkle hijack a wealth building seminar at the Antwerp Holiday Inn?

  4. With one day left to go, the highlight of the week so far is Les’s ass.

  5. spacemanspiff85

    A) I guarantee this entire arc was just so Batiuk could use this lame, horrible joke.
    B) With this and Cindy’s Emmy nomination, it sure seems like someone has awards on the brain, doesn’t it?

  6. What we have here is a man yearning for any sort of fawning public recognition of his tawdry pile of accomplishments….and also, there’s Dinkle.

  7. Spiff’s right. Once again, TB heard something he just had to use, here a flat pun, and so he wrote filler worth many days purely to set it up.

  8. Hitorque

    So that’s it? I don’t get it… Wasn’t Batiuk supposed to TRY to, you know make this interesting or something? Is Dinkle even going to try to pretend he’s halfway interested in the rich tapestry of music/history/culture, etc. in Bruxelles?

  9. Boy, that guy on the far left is certainly awestruck. His grin is almost splitting his face in half.


    I’ve seen military decoration ceremonies less well attended than this tepid little award ceremony. Is the Duke of Saxonbury and the Scion of the L’Antilles Fortune also attending? Why don’t they give him a fucking knighthood as well? I know this is supposed to be hyperbole, but Batiuk is so ham fisted in his delivery that you have to take this thing seriously.

  11. Comic Book Harriet

    I agree. There is absolutely nothing from any of these strips suggesting they’re overseas. The awards ceremony is apparently even in English. This could be a nice Best Western conference hall in Hoboken for all the foreign flavor we’re getting.

    But if the candy company was in the US, he wouldn’t have been able to trot out his extremely tired passport photo/Airport Security jokes.

  12. Amy K

    Noble Piece…. OOOOh, Now I get it!!.
    Thanks Epicus D!!?

  13. Jimmy

    Milhouse is the only van Houton worth a damn.

  14. Rusty Shackleford


    Batty stopped trying to make things interesting years ago. Now it is all about indulging his own interests or Lisa.

  15. Epicus Doomus

    Amy K: The Batiuk Effect, when you’re staring at a FW joke trying to figure out what you’re not getting. Happens all the time.