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A domestic comics moment

Mother Goose and Grimm, 1/25/06

“So you know what would have been funnier in this Mother Goose and Grimm?” I asked the lovely Mrs. Curmudgeon after I read it Wednesday. “If instead of finding his wife having dinner with the dog, he found them gettin’ it on.”

I’m not proud of this. In my defense, I had stayed up late working the night before and was kind of loopy. I may not have used the euphemism “gettin’ it on,” either. I may have deployed the phrase “doggie style.”

Mrs. C. insisted that it would not, in fact, be funnier. You all would no doubt agree, though you might not use the same line of reasoning. For one thing, it’s grosser. But part of what makes something funny is the unexpected and unusual, and, as she put it, “More women have had sex with dogs than have had romantic candlelight dinners with dogs.”

Touché, my dear. Touché.

22 responses to “A domestic comics moment”

  1. Bigfoot
    January 27th, 2006 at 11:29 am [Reply]

    Please don’t touché the dog that way, Mrs. C. It’s just gross.

  2. ninjac
    January 27th, 2006 at 11:40 am [Reply]

    yes, it would’ve been funnier if there was doggy style goin’ on. A dog drinking red wine out of a martini glass is funny too. No one expects that!

  3. Smitty Smedlap
    January 27th, 2006 at 11:43 am [Reply]

    It would be even funnier if they had killed the man, and those goblets were filled with his blood, and that candle was planted in his skull.

    I think so, anyway.

  4. damusicmaka
    January 27th, 2006 at 11:46 am [Reply]

    Wow! There is more going on here from a psycological standpoint. Isn’t your wife supposed to be your best friend? And then there is the matter of the food they are eating….green eggs and ham?

  5. kippetje2000
    January 27th, 2006 at 11:51 am [Reply]

    Is this a take on the travelling salesmen jokes? So a travelling salesman leaves his wife with man’s best friend…

  6. golfwidow
    January 27th, 2006 at 11:56 am [Reply]

    Of course this now begs the question, “What wine goes with Alpo?”

  7. Bollix
    January 27th, 2006 at 12:02 pm [Reply]

    I prefer the older (Playboy? National Lampoon?) version where a guy walks in on a couple in the middle of a sexual encounter and declares, “My best friend… and my best friend’s wife!”

  8. Concerned Citizen
    January 27th, 2006 at 12:13 pm [Reply]

    This follows Thursday’s Blondie where Mr. Beasley asks Dag for a latex bag full of warm water for mysterious purposes. Must be hard delivering those Victoria’s Secret catalogs. And MT promised a switch on the animals with speech balloons as our intrepid hero will soon be squealing like a piggy.

    All too sordid.

  9. Benicillin
    January 27th, 2006 at 1:17 pm [Reply]

    I find it interesting that we can’t see the wife’s legs under the table, which means she’s playing “footsies” with Fido’s “Kibbles & Bits.” It’s an immoral, repulsive, yet strangely fulfilling strip.

  10. Luban
    January 27th, 2006 at 1:24 pm [Reply]

    I think MG&G is just trying to keep up with the rampant bestiality of Marmaduke.

  11. MotoMike
    January 27th, 2006 at 2:31 pm [Reply]

    #3: Smitty
    I’m disturbed by your comment.
    I’m much more disturbed by the fact that I broke out laughing hysterically when I read it.
    It’s been a rough week.

  12. Krelmoon
    January 27th, 2006 at 2:31 pm [Reply]

    You asked for it you got it:

    Not safe for work or anyone!

  13. Don
    January 27th, 2006 at 3:23 pm [Reply]

    This joke seems pretty much lifted from a recent episode of family guy, even down to the “best friend-wife” word. Although obviously Family Guy took it a lot further

  14. Chert the Chort
    January 27th, 2006 at 3:29 pm [Reply]

    Good detective work, Krelmoon. No way, no freaking way are the two IDENTICAL “punchlines” “My wife.. and my best friend!!” not related. The plot thickens. I actually like the idea that a ‘toon as benign as MGAG borrows from something as depraved as Sexy Losers.

    But maybe it’s just me.

  15. Mark Tatulli
    January 27th, 2006 at 3:48 pm [Reply]

    I don’t think that’s wine in those martini glasses.
    I would suggest they are Cosmopolitans, heavy on the cranberry.

  16. Chert the Chort
    January 27th, 2006 at 3:51 pm [Reply]

    Actually, even better would be a ‘toon that borrows from Neurotically Yours. Any episode with Pilz-e (#86 and #77 happen to come to mind) = COMEDY GOLD. I’m trying to imagine a tie-in with Neurotically Yours and either the Boondocks or Luann. Crystal is a gothish thingy, maybe Germaine could start going to Pitts High (“We’re the Pitts!”) , distant cousin maybe? Very differet artwork (NY started off as a print toon, the Flash online iteration looks a lot like the TV version of the Bondocks), but maybe. Or maybe not.

    Sorry. Back to topic – dogs and wives. Discuss.

  17. MLH
    January 27th, 2006 at 4:22 pm [Reply]

    Split the difference, I say. Dog and wife on couch in suggestive posture; wife in slinky (by MG&G standards) outfit; dog in smoking jacket, ascot tie, pipe, martini. Any cartoonist worth his or her salary would want to draw a dog in a smoking jacket and ascot.

  18. Irina
    January 27th, 2006 at 6:14 pm [Reply]

    Did someone say what kind of wine goes with Alpo? Ritzilla would be proud.

  19. Malcolm
    January 27th, 2006 at 10:14 pm [Reply]

    It’s all about euphemism.
    We know what the cartoonist WANTED to draw, and it was the dog and the woman gettin’ it on.

    The guy with the suitcases, though: Does anyone actually dress like that? Did anyone ever?

  20. Dan Perducci
    January 27th, 2006 at 10:22 pm [Reply]

    No wonder that guy’s wife is having a romantic dinner with Fido. He’s such a workaholic that:
    1.) He’s coming home from work past dark
    2.) He’s carrying TWO briefcases! That’s double duty!

  21. rich
    January 28th, 2006 at 3:17 am [Reply]

    So that’s Jane Hand?

  22. heynoni
    January 29th, 2006 at 5:19 pm [Reply]

    It’s a funny strip. At first. But it soon becomes creepy because, even though there’s no direct sexual reference, the mind still takes this scene to the ultimate conclusion of any romantic dinner, which of course is SEXXX!!!! With a dog! Eeeuuuwww!!!!

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