Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for October 19, 2014


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    TEMPLO S.U.D.  almost 5 years ago

    Oh, what a headache Rat himself has soon to be followed by Stephan given by Rat.

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    Sherlock Watson  almost 5 years ago

    And I don’t give a darn!

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    Nabuquduriuzhur  almost 5 years ago

    The middle set of strips on this page show the “dangers” of puns:.

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    Lynne in Florida  almost 5 years ago

    Re Winwood: … and keyboards and vocals and some engineering and hell, I don’t know, probably designed the album covers.

    P.S. LOVE all the puns!

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    Craig Wittler Premium Member almost 5 years ago

    Sorry, Stephen, but it’s been done before – and better – in 1972 by the comedy troupe The Credibility Gap featuring Harry Shearer (pre-Simpsons) and David L. Lander (pre-“Squiggy”)

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    WoodEye  almost 5 years ago

    Pastis, I liked this one, I know the concept is old but still funny.

    I can’t wait for tomorrow when I will have time to listen to all the sound tracks posted by the others.

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    alviebird  almost 5 years ago

    I thought this was excellent.

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    Dobie Takahama  almost 5 years ago

    He’s going to hit him so hard, he’s going to see stars.

    Starr is a drummer!

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    KZ71  almost 5 years ago

    BEST PUN YET!!!!!

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    Three Steps Over Japan  almost 5 years ago

    So, you want a hit in Traffic by the Cars?

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    x_Tech Premium Member almost 5 years ago

    Never heard of any of Them.

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    Jerry  almost 5 years ago

    Love it! Keep em coming Pastis.

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    ACW1  almost 5 years ago

    And of course this:

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    nickword  almost 5 years ago

    I love it when Pastis torments Rat

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    Sisyphos  almost 5 years ago

    Nice homage to Abbott and Costello, Cartoon-Boy. Of course, that doesn’t get you out of the forty whacks you’ve earned. [N.B. Not 40 WACS you’ve put into big old urns….]

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    benaben  almost 5 years ago

    Pun-tastic! A classic home run! Hit all the bases. (No, I guess you’re saving the bass players for another pun.)

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    green8019  almost 5 years ago

    Good one, Stephan!!

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    Brass Orchid Premium Member almost 5 years ago

    The tyranny of the fresh Page drove him to it.

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    dadoctah  almost 5 years ago

    “Who recorded ‘I Can See For Miles’?”“Yes.”“Who recorded ’I’ve Seen All Good People’?”“Yes.”

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    rshive  almost 5 years ago

    Abbott and Costello updated rock version.

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    David Wolfson Premium Member almost 5 years ago


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    crobinson019  almost 5 years ago

    Stolen, in part form both Abbot and Costello and Slappy Squirrel!

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    jdkingbear  almost 5 years ago

    nice homage to the best comedy bit of all time

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    Jefano Premium Member almost 5 years ago

    Pastis did it BETTER than the Credibility Gap

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    Jefano Premium Member almost 5 years ago

    Pastis did it BETTER than the Credibility Gap

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    crookedwolf Premium Member almost 5 years ago

    Awesome for our ages!

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    Stocky One Premium Member almost 5 years ago

    Pastis is brilliant. I suspect this is the Genesis of a line of humour that may yet reappear on another Page.

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    bsqnbay  almost 5 years ago

    Well done!

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    boogshine  almost 5 years ago

    Slappy Squirrel did this first on Animaniacs.

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    Scott Miller Premium Member almost 5 years ago

    Steve Winwood was the keyboard player and lead vocalist for Traffic – at least get your instruments straight …

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    mac04416  almost 5 years ago

    I love it !!! good job…

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    Treesong  almost 5 years ago

    This is a grinner, not a groaner. Best puns you’ve ever done.

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    Collo Rosso  almost 5 years ago

    Boring and sick

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    Cary Rodda Premium Member almost 5 years ago

    Don’t listen to the few gripers, keep the puns coming!

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    Radical_Knight  almost 5 years ago

    They could make a sitcom of this guys job & life… whatever there is left of it by the end of the day; and get Mathew Perry to play Pastis, The Chandler character would be a great fit (I think).

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    Arianne  almost 5 years ago

    Oh my rock gods! I just posted about Steve Winwood on Arlo & Janis, then find this here! Bravo! Stephan! Thanks for Talkin’ about my generation!

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    Carl Rennhack Premium Member almost 5 years ago

    It was written into Abbott & Costello’s radio contract that they had to do the “Who’s On First?” routine at least once each season.

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    hariseldon59  almost 5 years ago

    Then there was this Johnny Carson skit from 1982:

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    prince valiant Premium Member almost 5 years ago

    I believe Dave Mason was the guitarist. Winwood played keyboards, as I recall. Good strip.

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    paulgar8 Premium Member almost 5 years ago

    Great Strip (today especially)

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    A_NY_Outlaw  almost 5 years ago

    Brilliant, Pastis. Brilliant.

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    pshapley Premium Member almost 5 years ago

    The problem is my teenage son (who loves “Who’s on first”) won’t get it, as all of the references are 30 years old.

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    Peam Premium Member almost 5 years ago

    These puns should be band.

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    k_aplin  almost 5 years ago

    Good thing Pastis didn’t have any more space… this could have gone on for pages.

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    Lorenzo Browncoat  almost 5 years ago

    Slappey the Squirrel did the same joke, with rock bands, on an episode of Animaniacs. Still funny, tho’ but Bud n’ Lou did it better and funnier, for years.

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    JoeStoppinghem Premium Member almost 5 years ago

    The Kids in the Hall totally destroy this bit

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    Bandera_Ken  almost 5 years ago

    Shameless ripoff. I love it.

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    Sheila Hardie  almost 5 years ago

    This is the best take on “who’s on first” I’ve ever seen. Yay for an update!

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    Fido (aka Felix Rex) Premium Member almost 5 years ago

    I was concerned that Pastis would be put down by the posters for this rotten chestnut (not the original, of course, but his take). He’s escaped needing to proclaim:“I’m a baaaaaaaaad boy!”

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    The Old Wolf  almost 5 years ago

    Stephan, this is one of your more tortured and brilliant offerings.I look forward to more.

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    parfy66  almost 5 years ago

    Freakin’ Genius! Love it!

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    Andrew Moore  almost 5 years ago

    Epic take-off. You’ve surpassed your usual punniness, Pastis.

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    Ginny Premium Member almost 5 years ago

    It’s been ages since I heard the full “Who’s on First” routine. It’s 8 minutes and still a classic. Those guys were the best. Our comics these days mostly rely on f*** or smut for laughs – sad.

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    ghehsv41  almost 5 years ago

    Sorry, but Goat shouldn’t have misunderstood at the beginning. After all the name of the band Moon played with was called “THE Whos”, and was never ever referred to as simply “Whos”.

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    davids.comments  almost 5 years ago

    Talking ’bout my generation…..

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    mmduzi  almost 5 years ago

    I had gotten sick of the Puns but this is great. A good riff on the greatest comic routine ever.

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    codedaddy  almost 5 years ago

    This one joins my little collection of Stephan’s best pun-based jokes. It took some thought to create it. I do wish that Stephan would leave his own character out – there is sufficient recognition and admiration without that last panel there. I still play the “Who’s on First” snippet now and then and never fail to chuckle.

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    Alan Steenhouwer  almost 5 years ago

    That skit never get’s old.

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    Gokie5  almost 5 years ago

    Steph, you DA MAN!

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    Logical Duck  almost 5 years ago

    “Who ate all the pies?”“Pastis.”“No, pies.”“I know, that’s because he ate all the pies.”“Who ate all the pies?”“Pastis.”“No, PIES!”“Exactly!”“What?”

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    dmckaysf  almost 5 years ago

    A very similar riff on Who and Yes being on stage at Woodstock was done by Skippy and Slappy Squirrel in Animaniacs decades ago

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    austin.swinburn  almost 5 years ago

    Winwood plays keys, not guitar. POSEUR!

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    alviebird  almost 5 years ago

    As a guitar player, it did not occur to me that many adults might not get the references.

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    Kind&Kinder  almost 5 years ago

    Just to add my voice: among a lot of fine strips Stephan has done, this one made me laugh hardest. What a skillful use of a classic comedy routine blended with rock group puns. Kudos!

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    DirigoMark  almost 5 years ago

    The names I recognized are legends. For all I know the rest are, too. Even if they’re not in my favorite band, they might be giants.

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    jumbobrain  almost 5 years ago

    f-ing brilliant.

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    Brass Orchid Premium Member almost 5 years ago

    From Whacky-pedia:“A multi-instrumentalist, he can play keyboards, bass guitar, drums, guitar, mandolin, violin, and other strings.”“Steve Winwood – vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass (1967–1969, 1970–1974, 1994)”With the internet in its entirety at my fingertips, I am still able to say things to embarrass myself instead of taking a moment to look things up.I chalk it up to the low arc of high-heeled divers, whatever they are.

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    abydaph7+  almost 5 years ago

    Very clever and a special thanks to Bud Abbot & Lou Costello!

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    Saddenedby Premium Member almost 5 years ago

    going for 100 comments – so here’s mine

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    boomerjohn911  almost 5 years ago

    Genius! You got one up on Rat!

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    BTO  almost 5 years ago

    Loved it!!Though, Pastis may be about to feel a STING from some wRONg WOOD…

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    foofinho  almost 5 years ago

    Loved it!

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    gaslightguy  almost 5 years ago

    You absolutely outdid yourself today! This is a keeper!

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    zwilnik64  almost 5 years ago

    Alex – In your videos, you chose “Owner of a Lonely Heart”, which is Yes. But Howe isn’t playing guitar on it. Trevor Rabin is. (Squire ended up owning the rights to “YES” so the rest of the band did things as "Anderson, Wakeman, Bruford, Howe, when reuniting most (sans Squire) of the Fragile and Close to the Edge line up.)

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    dadoctah  almost 5 years ago

    Bread.Cream.Raspberries.Vanilla Fudge..The four food groups.

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    claire de la lune.  almost 5 years ago

    Oh my goodness. I am so confused. I love it.That’s basically the story of a Pastis pun, though this whole strip is pun.

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    mhill8  almost 5 years ago

    This. This one is awesome!

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    TIMH  almost 5 years ago

    This is either a new height or a new low. I’m not sure which.

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    jeichelberger  almost 5 years ago

    This was a winner.

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    Petemejia77  almost 5 years ago

    How about putting the video of Animaniacs of Skippy and Slappy Squirrel doing this routine at Woodstock!

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    barister  almost 5 years ago

    Nice try Pastis, but still missing the edgy cleverness of the original “Who’s on first”. But, nice try.

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    Rick Smith Premium Member almost 5 years ago

    Nicely done!

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    kwymore77  almost 5 years ago

    Stephan could have phrased the last panel to mean “When Wood’s the guitarist for Traffic” in reference to Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones who will most likely never play with Traffic. Thus, Stephan would never receive his slugging from Rat.

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    claire de la lune.  almost 5 years ago

    Who’s on next?

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    Cozmik Cowboy  almost 5 years ago

    Well, yeah, WInwood is a fine guitarist, but he mostly played keys in Traffic; Dave Mason was the guitarist.

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    Steve Dutch  almost 5 years ago

    Two of my colleagues are named Hu and Howe. One of my great unfulfilled dreams before I retired was to have someone named Watt hired so we could have a Hu, Watt and Howe committtee

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    claire de la lune.  almost 5 years ago

    This is exquisite.

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    claire de la lune.  over 4 years ago

    This is the best pun strip that I’ve ever read.

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    DennisinSeattle Premium Member over 4 years ago

    Still getting comments after five days, just shows how good this strip is. This one makes up for a lot of bad puns. Pastis went beyond band names to the musicians. If he had 8 minutes worth of panels, he probably would have gone crazy.

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    claire de la lune.  over 4 years ago

    This has been the best strip yet for awhile.

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    claire de la lune.  over 4 years ago

    Third base?

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    Ambydextrous  over 4 years ago

    Just whack him rat. No need to ask his permission.

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    gmu328  over 4 years ago

    winwood was a guitarist, but more known for keyboard

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