Rat: “Every breath you take, every move you make, I’ll be watching you.”
Told you once, I won’t tell you again, it’s a bad way
Cross the red light!
That’s enough, Stephan. LOL.
This might sting . . . with every breath you take.
I don’t get the Music reference of the joke.
Not being a ‘Top 10’ hit made this gag a little above my pay grade. I’m not as fluent with everything Top 40.
Stephan, I agree, don’t stand so close to me.
How long did it take the rest of you to figure out the pun? I got it by panel 3. Still funny, tho.
Must be the 19th hole. Have the last on the rocks.
Don’t mess around with the Demolition Rat…
Nice flashback to the early ’80s Pastis. Sting and the Police were in the regular rotation of early MTV, album rock stations and even saw some play on top 40 radio.
From the same album, “Truth Hits Everybody” (especially if Rat’s holding the bat)
just sits for five minutes, groaning in pain
Rat is trying to Police the puns and Pastis will feel the Sting pretty soon. Outlandis d’Amour!
In top form today.
Rat is about to become The King Of Pain.
Can this be called Police brutality?
Ok. Pastis. I’ll be watching you! Every step you take.
The Police will have to have you arrested if you don’t get this pun.
I love the puns and I try not to see them before the pun-ch line as it makes the groan much more satisfactory. This was a great groan!!!!
123 Red Light, you stop me, Baby you ain’t right to stop me! (1910 Fruit Gun Company) song!
Stephan is sending out an SOS (sack of _____)
♩every little pun he does is tragic…
Finally someone that understands that the comments section is for intelligent humor rather than the inane blathering of shallow, narcissistic morons. Well done!
Outstanding today, Stephan.
Want a real pun? Watch Sting in the original “Dune”!
48 Hours … The Movie ….. At the beginning of the movie ;-)
I LOL’ed at this one – perhaps because I’m a child of the 80’s.
Another sure sign of Spring… Pastis unleashes another groaner…and don’t try to tell me you don’t secretly LOVE IT when he does this!
Hilarious! It’s from two different songs by The Police from the 70’s.
Come on, guys. Don’t be so hard on Pastis, you have to give him some credit… he’s broke! :D
Are there any Police tribute bands? The Pigs? The Fuzz? Etc.
Roxanne got banned from her own show. Why can’t we get this guy out of the comic? :-)
this random idea for a PBS strip i had.
Rat tells pig a story of how Tommy Wiseau once had his neighbor complain about how Tommy heated up their house. Then, Tommy’s leaser comes and tears apart this paper doll Tommy calls “Mii”. The pun: “You are lying i never heat you. You are tearing Mii apart leaser!”
All song lyrics from The Police songs (Roxanne, etc.)
Oooh I’m so confused….
Great pun, but always hated that stupid song.
Bad pun: put and putt are pronounced differently.
Yay!! The baseball bat’s back!!
Rat’s hint, “Sting” is great.
okay okay: (a-HEM) .. (drum roll) .. (trumpets) … lol.
Steph, this is one of your best puns… Now don’t do it again. Kidding, keep them coming, sir.
I thought those days were over.
What did I say about puns?
Every pun you make, I’ll be whacking you.
Another Sunday pun-day favorite!
Pastis, You don’t care if this is wrong or this is right.
Must be interesting trying to putt in winds that are strong enough to move stones.
I never liked that song… Annoying as all get out… And now it’s stuck in my head! I want to borrow that bat, Rat, when you’re through!
The accusations fly!
Stephan should send out an S.O.S.
Sir, thank you for a morning of laugh after laugh!
On the Sunday Pearls, I just skip to the last two panels, and save myself a painful trip
My favorite moment on the comics page is when I read the first panel of Pearls and know a pun is coming!
wow… didn’t see (hear?) that one coming
stephan, i hope it hurt as much to write this one as it did to read it. I pronounce you King of Puns
It’s the first line of the song Roxanne by The Police-“You don’t have to put on the red light”.‘
Somebody call the Police
Pastis has better hope Sting doesn’t read the funny pages. Not his best stuff.
Took me until panel 5
Perfect! Just perfect! I would say that is in the top 3 best so far!
From now on every move you make I’ll be watching you.
Hey Pastis… This has to be one of your best !!!! Thanks for the laugh !!!!
I was clueless until I read the explanations.
There has to be an invisible pun – gives its groan to everyone. . .
I love the reference to two songs!!! So creative!
For once I approve of these puns! (I’m a BIG Police & Sting fan!)
Best one ever! LOL. Had to explain it to my wife. Three jokes in one comic! A record!
These are as bad as Chef Meowrice who is appearing at today’s Gasoline Alley but is only a cameo and not the full cat food commercial.
If rocks are blowing onto the course, I’d want to be inside.
Hey Pastis: de do do do, de da da da, is all I want to say to you…
I had the song in my head by the third panel.
Stephen Pastis goes to the greatest lengths to contrive a pun that I have ever seen. I LOVE it!
Great! Just what the world needs right now! Another putt-putt pun! :)
STING singing Roxanne, you don’t have to put the red light on.
Panel no. 7, a play on words
“You know my mind is made up. So put away your makeUUUUUUUP!!!”
Triple Play!!! Woo Hoo!
Someone put that pun in a building and call the Demolition Man.
Someone needs to call The Police on Pastis
OMG…..best tune of ALL TIME !…..two songs fer the price of one!!!
Laughed out loud and usually do at these strips. One of my very favorites. Pastis; keep them coming and never pay any attention to the trolls who comment “they don’t get it” or “Let me tell you how this relates to me and my past experiences; me, me, me”I’m sure your popularity speaks to how well you come across. Always, Sir: Kudos!
You’re not a Police fan.
Great comments , groaned for 5 minutes ! But c’mon Rox , put on the red dress !
i always try to guess where these are going & i never get it right. i love them, though!
This is too “inside” for most readers.
Hmmm – I think that I just might be starting to suspect in these strips when a pun is coming.
Somebody call the Pun Police. Hurry.
If you do Rat we all will owe you one.
Gotta Love It!
Impressive! And the last panel is quite the encore.
Only Pastis. I’m embarrassed to say I didn’t see this pun coming, even though “Roxanne” is a really good song. Great one, though. Keep it up, sir!
Rat’s about to Murder By Numbers here
With these kind of puns Everybody hurts.
Nice double pun there …
The last panel is the one that made me laugh. Kind of a stinger, I guess.
I was never going to get this one, usually I can figure out the pun, but I’d never heard this song [title or lyric??].
I sez Uh-oh to meself at the second panel . . .
The fact both Stephan and I are contemporaries is mildly depressing. Still laughing through the tears though.
Recognized the pun immediately; i.e., that it was a pun. But I had to look up the song on YouTube; not a big Police fan, and I think I’d not hitherto ever heard this tune. Well, a guy can’t be familiar with everything.
Rat, add an extra stroke for me!
Whooooo are the puunnn poliice ?
Truth hits everybody
A bit obscure, this one…
Now, if it were a Beatles or Rolling Stones song…
This was one of his easier ones to figure out. Had it by Panel 3.
six feet please!
To be fair, I was born in late 72, never heard this song EVER .. until I watched the 2001 Moulin Rouge with Ewan McGregor.
Every breath that Stephan takes, Rat will be watching him.
Oh, the pain! The canary has surely died in the coal mine.
Police song references!
Ok. This one gets a Putizler.
She’s usually a writer of her own material, but I’ve been having much fun with Juliana Hatfield’s Police tribute album: https://julianahatfield.bandcamp.com/album/juliana-hatfield-sings-the-police
Stephan should probably call the police