Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for July 02, 2013

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    Mr Movie Trivia  over 8 years ago

    I’m sure there’s a “Second Fiddle” joke in there somewhere.

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    Three Steps Over Japan  over 8 years ago

    I bet that happens all the time in the orchestra. No one likes the second strings.

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    AGED_ENGINEER Premium Member over 8 years ago

    Playing second fiddle just doesn’t cut it, I guess.

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    jazzmoose  over 8 years ago

    Speaking as one who was “fourth trombone” in fifth grade, I resent this.

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    John W. Vinson Premium Member over 8 years ago

    And let’s not even THINK about the violas.

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    Sisyphos  over 8 years ago

    Ivan is the temperamental artist kind of guy I like. Can’t have these pushy second-stringers getting all uppity!

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    WoodEye  over 8 years ago

    Use an accordion, go to jail! Oh wait that’s a gun…. No, accordion was right!

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    SusanSunshine Premium Member over 8 years ago

    Being in orchestras is the pits.

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    oldschool434  over 8 years ago

    how many times has this happened to Pastis at a gathering of comic strip writers?

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    jsab0  over 8 years ago

    Somebody get the guy a tissue to wipe the snot off his head.

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    eddie6192  over 8 years ago

    Ivan is terrible.

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    zainan  over 8 years ago

    Bruno, I’ve always heard the difference between a fiddle and a violin is a violin is carried in a case while a fiddle is carried in a gunny sack.

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    puddlesplatt  over 8 years ago

    slap those strings

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    gilmccarthy  over 8 years ago

    The animals have eyeballs! Yikes.

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    StelBel  over 8 years ago

    (It’s always been drummed into me not to horn in when commenters piccolo batch of puns and it ends up in sax and violins…..I’ll be gong along now….)

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    cork  over 8 years ago

    If the 2nd fiddle is named Joe, Ivan would have to banjo.

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    Carl Rennhack Premium Member over 8 years ago

    @Susan Sunshine—Once again, dear lady, you beat me to the PUNch!

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    Carl Rennhack Premium Member over 8 years ago

    @Bruno Zeigerts & @ Melvin Scott—THE biggest differnce? Itzhak Perlman plays the violin, Charlie Daniels plays the fiddle!!…And I enjoy BOTH performers!

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    BCLouiseSaid  over 8 years ago

    Is Ivan supposed to look like James Lipton of “Inside the Actor’s Studio” fame?

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    finale  over 8 years ago

    Culture and dignity right into the commode in 2 panels…..well done!

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    Packratjohn Premium Member over 8 years ago

    Perlman does Daniels : “The Devil Went Down to Tel Aviv”.As for me, I say more Sax, less Violins.I worked my way up to first trumpet, really got to show my brass, and my fingering was to die for. Wish I’d kept it up, I coulda been a contender. Kids, if you want to play a wind instrument, don’t start smoking! I’ve long since quit, but it certainly ruins your breath control. Anyway, go forth, make music and peace. The alternatives are not pleasant.

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    LingeeWhiz  over 8 years ago

    He couldn’t have orchestrated that any better.

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    GoodQuestion Premium Member over 8 years ago

    Guess the editors tol’ Stephan to add a little punch to his toons this week and he replied with a wise crack . . . ☻

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    Digital Frog  over 8 years ago

    Pig can make friends with the 1st violin, but he never seems to get to 2nd Bass.

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    Bob Patterson  over 8 years ago

    Ivan and James Lipton…. Separated at birth?

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    mcarlclapp  over 8 years ago

    The bass section of the orchestra got drunk one night. When they looked around they saw that the sheet music was put into bundles and fastened with string.

    The bass’ were loaded and the score was tied.

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    dutchs  over 8 years ago

    Please, even this strip has its limits. Although after “We’re off to see the whiz-herd…” I’m not sure.

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    ArfArf88  over 8 years ago

    Ivan had better watch his back!Ooh! I hope I’m not giving away tomorrow’s plot..

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    BonesBass1  over 8 years ago

    Didn’t know that James Lipton played violin!

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    danno12345  over 8 years ago

    I’ve heard that violas & violins are the same size, but violinist’s heads are bigger…

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    MomKat1982  over 8 years ago

    He looks like James Lipton from “The Actor’s Studio”.

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    ChessPirate  over 8 years ago

    “Tuba or not tuba.”He seems to be too high strung.He’ll cross that bridge when he gets to it.I guess I’ll bow out now.

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    Sherlock Watson  over 8 years ago

    Don’t worry, folks, nobody’s getting hurt; it’s all just orchestrated violins.

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    Popeyesforearm  over 8 years ago

    right in the fret board

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    Number Three  over 8 years ago

    Love it!


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    Snoopy_Fan  over 8 years ago

    I don’t like all the violins in this comic today!

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    Andi Asha  over 8 years ago

    I think this is a sign for my husband Casey

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    amaryllis2 Premium Member over 8 years ago

    Violas are such pansies.

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    Lamberger  over 8 years ago

    “Viola”, said the French musician as he returned the supersized fiddle.

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    lmonteros  over 8 years ago

    He’s A first violinist. There are probably 20 of them. If the second violinist were principal of the second violins, his position would be higher than a regular first violinist.

    Now, if he were first horn—or first oboe—or any other wind instrument, just saying “He’s first horn” would be fine.

    I say, “Stop the violins!”

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    bmonk  over 8 years ago

    Goat has a perfect pitch?


    When the conductor asked the Principal Oboist for a tuning note, he did not get one. He looked over at the Oboist, who complained, “The Principal Violist broke all my reeds!” The conductor then asked the Violist why he had done such a thing, the Violist blustered, “He turned one of my pegs, and now he won’t tell me which one!”


    Bonus: We all know that a viola is better than a violin because it burns longer. But why does it burn longer?

        It’s usually still in the case.

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    dfowensby  over 8 years ago

    i knew a kid in 6th grade that played the accordion. other than drunk fake-germans and cheesy polka bands back in the 70’s, i haven’t seen an accordion since Lawrence Welk went off the air.

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    codedaddy  over 8 years ago

    The oboe: An ill woodwind that nobody blows good.(Duke Ellington, some say)

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