How to Spot the Bad Guy

I usually don't explain confusing jokes. I just let them lay there and die a dignified death, but since several have asked, in the last panel I'm saying that I also stand corrected, because I said that Hollywood wouldn't (Hollywouldn't?) make a movie about a serial mugger.

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Reader Comments (58)

I think I figured out where I've seen this before. This was apparently already posted on cracked by Scott. My mind is now at ease.

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWalkdogger

There was no need to explain the 4th panel, you and Missy are both responding to the tv about you previous assertions.
Anyway, in a tv series the special guest star is always the villian apart from in Police Squad where they get topped in the opening titles

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

I find that explaining jokes often makes them funnier. But then, when I tell a joke, it's usually on the audience. So I get more chuckles (as in, I get to chuckle more) if I keep explaining the joke, because obviously, if they aren't laughing, they don't get it. This can go on for quite a while before I get bored or collapse in a laughing fit.

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertom

I drive a Mac, so I block all Flash ads by necessity. I don't block non-Flash ads.

Of course, I also use the RSS feeds, so...

September 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSoul of Wit

if he stands corrected, why is he sitting?

September 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPhilster

I think the real crime here is that two guys are watching TV without beer & pizza.

September 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNick Thomas

Keep at it Scott. Never give up. Many of us like witty comics, not having laid out and then spoon fed to us.

If you like even half of Scott's comics and you have not bought his books, you are missing out.

September 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAC

Love the comic, but for continuity shouldn't panel 3 read "He wasn't a villain in 'Babe'. He was a FRAMER?"

September 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTidewell!

Brilliant strip. I probably would have thought Christopher Plummer or Morgan Freeman as the old guy who seems cool but is really evil. James Cromwell is somehow funnier. Not sure why.

September 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDan Greenbaum

Panel 3; word "Farmer"; For an instant, I hoped for some kind of conclusion referring back to one of my favorite BI's where Scott argues with a publisher concerning a typo in a manuscript: "I grew up on a Fram, I know what Framers do !" Hilarious, along with the more recent one on "Violence Fight".

Great work Scott !

September 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMike

I got the joke in the last panel, Scott. It took a few extra seconds, but it was worth it.

September 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJim

FWIW, I understood the "As do I" right away. Great cartoon, Scott!

Nick Thomas: I think the real crime here is that two guys are watching TV without beer & pizza.

Missy's going to kick your butt for that.

September 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSeanF

i would pay cash money to see james cromwell saying the lines in the last panel.

September 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterwhiterabbit

Don't worry Scott, some of us got it. Brilliant.

October 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTuckin

It's okay, Scott. I just assumed you, too, enjoyed mugging people. Another reminder not to wander into central Florida.

October 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermisterfweem

Misread the title as "How To Spot The Bald Guy."

October 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergreyweed

"I did it, I masterminded the muggings. I just love mugging people." "As do I." ROFLOL

October 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJamesBondLOL

Are you serious about people don't understand the joke?

it was not a confusing joke... for me it was clear...

and... just for curiosity, what movie are you talking about in this comic?

August 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDarth GTB
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