Saturday, December 15, 2007

Has Bruce gone off his meds?

A lot of humor is about context. If this same strip were to appear under the title "Bizarro," it would be hilarious. If it were to appear under the heading "The Family Circus," it would be funny. And under the heading "Mallard Fillmore," it mostly leaves me relieved that there aren't any more of the lame gift ideas.

But what does the strip mean? A google search on "the golden flash" doesn't turn up any likely candidates. I'm stumped. Maybe it's another cryptic plea for socialized medicine.

Be a glutton for punishment: Read the strip


Mysterio said...

Damned if I know. Maybe it's some sort of experimental meta-humor? The joke is that there is no joke? Perhaps it's not Tinsley who's at fault, but us-we just don't get the multilayeredness of the gag.
(Or, it could just be not funny.)

Kazim said...

I can't make heads or tails of it. I guess if I'm thinking along Mysterio's lines, it could be some Andy Kaufman-esque humor where the joke is on the people who try to figure it out. But that would require some level of sophistication that Tinsley has never shown before, so... nah.