How to Engage in Recreational Cruelty

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Reader Comments (21)

This premise is so pointlessly meanspirited and hinged upon gaining entertainment through the suffering of others.

Why doesn't it exist already?

August 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersav

yo dawg

August 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdave

Rick was in a comic and didn't get insulted once??? I am shocked! But it was still hysterical :)

August 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJ P

Before I even got to the last panel, I was thinking, "Man, that's cold. But that's why it's funny." Scott, you've got your fingers on the pulse of the heartless, cynical Internet. I doff my hat to you!

p.s. I don't think I've ever doffed my hat for anyone.

August 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKozz

And they'd call it... The Underdawg.

Note from Scott: HA!

August 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLummox JR

Ha! Another wonderful idea from Scott.

August 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAdam S.

Recreational cruelty! My favourite sport!
How it isn't an Olympic event I will never know.
As my maths teacher always said, "Kindness works wonders, but cruelty is more fun!" (For one person, anyway)

August 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaddy

This is actually an interesting idea. I'd watch that show.

August 15, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjh

I've just seen a trailer on E4 for a program that seems to be doing something similar to reality tv contestants. We need more cruelty like this on tv

August 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSimon

I've just seen a trailer on E4 for a program that seems to be doing something similar to reality tv contestants. We need more cruelty like this on tv

August 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSimon

@Paddy: I'm pretty sure Rhythmic Gymnastics can easily be considered as recreational cruelty.

August 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCzernobog

Battle of the 80's has-beens!
-How many songs would I get to perform?
--We can't promise any of the acts they'll get to perform.
-Then what would I be doing?

Been done before int eh movie 'music and lyrics'. Quite entertaining actually.

August 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

That doesn't seem much more debasing or soul sucking than any of the other reality shows on now. Remember "The Joe Schmoe Show"?

August 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMike N

Cruel, vicious, pointless. Love it.

I wouldn't watch it, but then I'm that weird demographic that only watches Netflix movies and Jeopardy!, so there's that.

August 15, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

Please tell me why I am now already searching my TiVO for this?

August 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJason

Wasn't there a show called "I'm a Celebrity - Get Me Out of Here" where has-been celebs went through humiliating and dangerous tasks until the most desperate ones were left? That's how good Scott is - you think he's put out an idea that's one step beyond real, until you realize that our society pushes real past all reason and sense. Makes me long for Omnipresent Man to whisper reassuring things in my ear, such as the eventual outlawing of reality TV involving rodentia or storage.

August 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTom Bisciglia

Olympics...cruelty...LoLo Jones hits another of life's obstacles.

August 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGork

There was a show kinda like that about ten years back (after Idol's first season or two). The contestants thought they were on an Idol rip-off, but the show was looking for the worst singer in America. At the finale when the "winner" was about to be told the truth you could see the horror overcome all the people in the audience as they realized what they'd been cheering for. That might have been the best part.

August 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndy

One technical issue, though: if you want to have a live finale, you need to air the shows preceeding the finale - and the dawgs would discover what's going on.

August 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergreatbero

I was a little surprised at seeing the title, then Rick in the first panel, then discovering that he wasn't the target of the recreational cruelty.

Then again, that might have made for a short panel. How To Engage In Recreational Cruelty: go talk to Rick.

August 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSock Puppet

How has no-one quoted Rick yet (ahem):
"Even in success there is failure."
I think that sums up a bit of what I like about BI's cynicism, and obviously what's in this strip. How else would you describe (all of) reality tv?

August 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaige
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