How to "Riff" on an Idea

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I was laughing so hard during frame three that I almost cried.

September 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDrealien

Oh very well done.

I have similar conflicts with my girlfriend. It is most delightful to take an idea to extremes, and then see which one of us cracks first.

Also, Rick looks inordinately angry in the second panel, considering what he is actually saying.

September 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersleepygamer

My entire life is made of these conversations.

September 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterYggiDee

I do this with my brother all the time; by the end of it, we've redefined half the words we're using to no longer have commonly-recognized definitions.

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRandall

I think that is his Japanese movie martial artist crazy bow. I didn't even notice that it might be off till you said something.

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSteven M.

As a judoka, I find this hideously amusing.

Of course, if your opponent won't move, you can always MAKE him move...

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSpawnofHastur

How are you going to that with out moving yourself?

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterResand

Throw Down is a judo movie, and it's awesome. Like judo, it is subtle, yet, seriously, everyone should see it.

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNick Novitski

The problem is not making someone to move, but who moves first! Then act on it real quickly! So actually Judo is more on being inactive the longest and then active the fastest! --> in other words, the judoka master with the least inertia wins!

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterReader

Seriously, has anyone ever managed to watch all of "Dinner with Andre"? I made it through nearly an hour before I gave up.

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteropus7600

I made the mistake of drinking from a very large bottle of water as I was reading the last panel. The image...

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

This? This is utter genius.

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChap

I definitely got a genuine LOL out of this one!

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLuke314pi

You fool! You fell victim to one of the classic blunders! The most famous is never get involved in a land war in Asia, but only slightly less well-known is this: never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha...

@Will...: great quote, but wrong Wallace Shawn movie... but can you see him grabbing ANDRE THE GIANT and flipping him by his eyelids? hmm...

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBI Fan

"as... you... wiiiiiiisssshhhhhhhhhhh!"

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBI Fan

My DInner with Andre is one of those movies that 20 people know about for every one who's actually seen it. Somehow it manages to have a cultural impact by NOT being watched.

I'm thinking now of the Simpsons episode where Martin is in the video arcade playing the "My Dinner with Andre" machine, eagerly pressing the "Tell me more" button.

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEric

I don't feel as though you made fun of Rick at all in this one... are you OK?

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKeith

ah stoner convos.

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterisiah

I too was concerned at how angry Rick looked in frame two. Is he really that mad all the time? He needs a hug.

September 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterOldbear

"My DInner with Andre is one of those movies that 20 people know about for every one who’s actually seen it. Somehow it manages to have a cultural impact by NOT being watched."

thus making it the perfect Judo movie.

September 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Interesting synchronicity, in that this comic came out the day before I got "My Dinner with Andre" from Netflix.

I did try to watch it once before, and did doze off, but I hadn't been getting much sleep. It was due back at Blockbuster the next day, so I never gave it another chance until now. It seemed like it might be interesting if you were in the right mood, and had had more than 3 hours sleep in the past 2 days, so I'll try it again this weekend.

September 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMP

I saw "Dinner With Andre" at university. Twice.

Second time as a date movie. I've made more colossal blunders in my life,
but not many, and not recently.

September 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRobert

As a follow up, it turns out that "My Dinner with Andre" is actually a very good movie, if you like that sort of thing, and apparently I do. I was a little disappointed at the absence of eyelid judo, though.

September 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMP

It is on Netflix, but I had to order it. I'm looking forward to seeing it.

September 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteramber

I remember having a conversation like this once about establishing an independent nation in a bathroom. I think we "riffed" on that for about 2 hours.

September 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

Nice haircut, Rick!

September 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCharli

i think judo movies would be fantastically interesting if you simply threw in Wesley Snipes and Arnold Schwarzenegger as gun-weilding ninjas who surprise-attack the dojo and just mow everyone down...or course, these hypothetical movies would only last about 15 seconds, but what a glorious flash in the pan it would be.

October 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJiggly McSickfingers

I hate to post seven months after the fact, but Akira Kurosawa's first movie was about a judo master (Sanshiro Sugata). Many eyelids were bruised.

March 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternorbizness

Note to self: Never read comics while drinking tea. It will only end in rather a lot of coughing and a wet computer.

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPal

I was eating a muffin and almost died during panel 3

February 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCornh

I practiced a little Judo/Jui Jitsu and.. I'm sorry to say that's not how it works xD Really, really sorry to say that. I WISH it did! Truly I do, but... I usually win fights. It works really, really well even if you're shit at countering.

October 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNurse Feelgood

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