How to Fake a Smile

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Reader Comments (58)

My favorite Instruction ever. Now all I have to do is think, "Your hide will make a fine poncho!" and there's a smile on my face....

November 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMShades

Yes, my real smile makes people think that i'm going to kill them in their sleep(darn, they figured out my plan! . . . ) But it's a great way to make people leave me alone . . .

December 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterizzy_wolfe_13

The third panel's smile is depressingly like mine.

This is why I do not laugh.

December 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLima Beam

2nd panel is like mine
tho people usually think im high

December 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCrim

i don't smile like any of them...mine is too terrifying for me to even see...when i happen to pass a mirror while smiling, i usually become temporarily comatose. man, i want that poncho!

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJiggly McSickfingers

good times...

February 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnother Rob

This is the funniest thing I've seen for weeks!!! I cried laughing!

February 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMark

the third one made me laugh

i have a cross of the first one's eyes and the third one's mouth
which makes me look
quite frankly, a disgustingly scary looking girl :<

my real smile is brought out by thinking of that time i pulled a girl off the bus by her hair and kicked her butt... very, very good times

February 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKat

Still my absolute favourite!! My co-workers are worried about my state of mind though, ever since I posted it on my office door...

February 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSam

This comic made me smile :)

March 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlly

I get this all the time: "Why don't you smile in pictures?"

Uh... I was...

March 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterK

Pure genius. I can't look at one panel in this strip without giggling like a school girl. This is a true masterpiece.

March 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterB1

I look exactly like that first panel when i smile. Ever since i first saw this comic I always say "I am genuinely delighted" when I fake a smile for pictures.

May 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJason

This is one of the first I ever saw on this site and still my favorite, partially because I remember having to work it out for myself. If I pay attention, I can manage a smile like panel 2, if I just let loose and grin unselfconsciously it's panel 3.

June 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAsh

[...] How to Fake a Smile [...]

I just read them all in the last couple of days. This one was my favorite.

January 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersomeone

Hahaha.. Excellent! This comic is pure genius! Way to go!!

February 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDarko

One of my favorite comics every.

April 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSharon M.

OMG.... now I know what my boyf is thinking. I am afraid...... very afraid.

April 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSusie

If you removed the beard from the first frame he'd look like Andre Agassi.

April 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHoodman

You just need to learn the eye movement that goes with the mouth movement that gets that perfect smile. It's a two in one deal. Most people think it's instinctive; I learned it. If you can do that, even without the smile, then you're rolling!

Try to remember a situation in which you naturally smiled and separate the eyes and the mouth. And then try it at home in the mirror. Even if you just learn the eye thing, it still counts as a smile to people!

April 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThera

Was it tough getting Stone Cold Steve Austin to stand still while you drew this? ;-)

April 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPhoto-Matt

Excellent comic! First panel looks too much like my smiles! Hahaha =)

May 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnn Thomas

This was brilliantly funny. Thanks you.

May 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Stone

maybe now I can get a picture up...if I can ever get still enough....I haven't cried so hard in ages...hilarious.......

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTodd Powers Widener

My smile has always been a fake smile, so this is the best advice I could get. Although, I do like using the wide-eyed smile now and then to mess with people.

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEric

not often I stumble on something that makes me laugh out loud, but this did the trick. It may be a bit older, but it's new to me and I'm glad I saw it.

June 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCJBaum

This reminded me of the closing passage from Kingsley Amis' "Lucky Jim"

"... all his faces were designed to express rage or loathing. Now that something had happened which really deserved a face, he had none to celebrate it with. As a kind of token, he made his Sex Life in Ancient Rome face."

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRichard Kirk

every time i see or think about the "your hide will make a fine poncho", i burst into tearful laughter. its the funniest thing ive seen in a while

July 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterconfusedpanda

My smiles scare people because when I smile you can see my fangs...its a bit sad, here I am genuinely cheerful and people think I'm going to rip their throat out.

July 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCC

my favorite instruction so far. i was crying laughing. CLASSIC

August 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkyle

Hi Scott, just want to say that you comics were a great find. I've got one posted in my office right now.


Sorry, just had to be a pain. I believe in the 3rd panel, the narration should be " someone WHOSE eyes" as opposed to "who's".

Keep up the good work.

August 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRichard

Using the instructions in Panel 3, I have convinced my friend that I am going to eat her babies.
This was probably not quite the intended use.

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

Good points, but if I don't want to smile, why do I have to pretend that I'm happy? Never like the idea of faking a smile.

August 14, 2010 | Unregistered

I loved this! Knowing how to spot a fake smile is also an important skill. Spotting Fake Smiles

August 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbecksta

I legitimately can't stop laughing.

August 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJade

I didn't realize that panel three said "hide" instead of "kids" until I read the comments, but I think that makes it funnier. XD

@David: My friend told my mother that she'll eat her babies. Think about it.

August 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

Angie: I find myself worried for your well-being.
Did she say it with the face?

August 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

Ohhh yeah, David. She says a lot of things with that face, actually...
I choke her dolls in return.

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

Webcomics rarely make me laugh out loud. Only one or two have done it twice. This comic has done it 4 or 5 times, and I only just reached this one

August 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterIcalasari
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