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Plus, animals drinking martinis are automatically funny

Mother Goose and Grimm, 10/26/04

OK, so why does recycling human corpses outrage me, but marrying the taxidermied head of a member of your species who’s been killed for sport make me laugh? I guess I’m just fickle when it comes to dark humor. It’s just wrong at so many levels that I can’t resist it. I particularly like the fact that it’s at the Elk’s Club. Ha! Get it? It’s like the Elk’s Club that exists in the real world, only it’s for, like, actual elks!

Ooog. To quote The Simpsons: “Are you being sarcastic?” “Aw, I don’t even know anymore!”

The other thing that I like here is that Ed is grinning kind of maniacally, while his wife (quite understandably) looks miserable, and the other guys at the club look … uncomfortable. Not the way you’d look if, say, one of your acquaintances presented you with a stuffed and mounted severed head and demanded that you treat it as his wife, but rather as if Ed has committed some social faux pas that they don’t really want to call him on but that they aren’t really happy about either. It must be tough being an elk.

5 responses to “Plus, animals drinking martinis are automatically funny”

  1. Frank Willis
    November 14th, 2004 at 11:20 pm [Reply]

    The strip also implies that the elks recognize Ed’s wife, so he must have pulled this stunt before, which brings up the question: Did they ever see his wife alive, like, before the wedding? Is this a reflection on the abomination that is elk unions, like what female praying mantises do to their paramores? The mind boggles.

  2. Bob
    December 9th, 2004 at 12:58 pm [Reply]

    My problem is that the “Elk” talking is obviously Rudolph who would be a reindeer. Who invited him to the Elk club anyway? Or, was disregarding this glaring inconsistency just the only way of getting two jokes into one comic?

  3. The Bean
    January 12th, 2005 at 10:35 am [Reply]

    My favorite MGG strip involved Grimm wearing galoshes and splashing in the rain. The bubble above said “The Surgeon General says to always where your rubbers.”

    The safe sex advice on the comics page didn’t freak me out at 12, but now that I have a kid, I’m not so sure anymore.

  4. joel
    June 27th, 2005 at 4:05 pm [Reply]

    These two strips don’t seem very reminiscent of MG&G. They’re more FarSide jokes in the MG&G format.

  5. TB Tabby
    September 19th, 2006 at 10:12 am [Reply]

    Ack! Spambot infestation! Where’s the Raid?

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