How to Spot the Various Types of Human Stupidity

In today's Asking the Wrong Guy, Rick admits that the Knifeketeer is a fairly accurate depiction of his lifestyle. True story, for Christmas last year I bought him a knife.

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Reader Comments (25)

Love panel 4, I did exactly the same thing

August 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbryan

Well, *I* don't watch reality TV. Although now you've made me curious...

August 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBabyDoc

OH MY GOODNESS!!! I could not agree with you more! I was hoping that darned pie man would be kicked off since the first episode!

August 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdwebb

The reality tv that I don't understand is the shows of people doing jobs. "Deadliest Catch", "Gold Rush" etc. After a long day at work I turn on the tv to relax. The last thing i want to watch on tv after work is people at work.

August 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJason

A couple months after giving me a knife for being his best man, my brother told me that the gift of a knife symbolizes "you are dead to me", for what that's worth.

August 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBruceIV

I watch exactly two series: Game of Thrones, which I buy on Bu-ray discs as season bricks, and Jeopardy!, which is entertaining and reasonably intelligent. I just got an invitation do Arbitron ratings.

This should be interdasting.

August 30, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

If you look at the credits of these "reality" TV shows, you'll see writers listed. Why do they need writers for reality TV shows?

August 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFrank M

Those competition/'reality' shows have driven me so strongly towards Netflix and away from cable, that I can't help but wonder if Netflix is behind them. History Channel is polluted with stuff like that shooting show (I like shooting, but shooting is a lot like golf; playing is fun, watching is agony.), Scifi has that costume competition show, Spike has the tattoo show, and The Food Network seems to be fundamentally comprised of these shows.

Given the lack of any real difference in the basic premises, given that these shows follow the same basic formula with adapted, adjusted settings, any chance that only one outift is behind them all? I just can't help but wonder if this is a devious plot from Netflix to drive us from the networks.

August 30, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermcinsand

My primary criteria for any show is "does it make me laugh, or does it make me think?" (ideally both LOL). So I watch the occasional reality show, but usually one is enough and any more no longer entertain. I never get tired of stand up comedians, or former stand up comedians who have turned to writing online comics....

August 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSolak

@ BruceIV

My in-laws will give a penny with the gift of a knife with the purpose that the recipient is supposed to give the penny back, this not accepting the gift. It gets around all those superstitions and stigmas associated. I thought it was clever.

August 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTeelabrown

So, circa November 1998, I was having trouble with school, work, and other things, and decided that TV was too big a distraction and I got rid of it. Having never seen one, I bashed reality shows for close to a decade. My wife (also a non-TV watcher) and I often made fun of those shows.

About 3 months ago, we got cable for the 11 and 12 yo kids so they wouldn't "miss out" on all the stuff their friends watch. Reality shows are just about all my wife and I watch. Although, It's all stuff like "My Cat From Hell" and "Pit Boss" on Animal Planet. I still haven't seen anything framed like a contest.

August 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDrowlord

There was a small group of religious nutjobs, one of whom walked, carrying a big wooden cross, wherever he went. They protested things they thought were influentially immoral in town. I was heading in to a storefront theater to see a comedy group called "Dada Circus"
with the religious wackadoodles protesting outside, and a guy who led a punk rock band said "Aren't they great? I tried to get these guys to protest my band, but they wouldn't come."
Sadly, the wackadoodles won; there is no more music or creativity in town.

August 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDee

You don't have "Pie Style!?"

...but it's "sweeping the nation!"

You cannot deny that he was great TV. Look at Guy Fie...ei..ry... ... [something]. Producers love a guy like that. He was basically Guy but yelled a lot about pies.

August 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThestas

You rock Meyer!, from now on I am totally using the “reflection argument” in every single discussion I may sustain about bad T.V.

August 30, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercarlos castillo

So, so very wonderful!!!!! I agree about your assessment in each and every panel! I do watch some reality tv.... including "Next Great Food Star" but have to admit great disappointment in the show every season in whom they select to "win". In some ways, it is even worse with the "HGTV Design Star" which I also watch. There have been two winners I have liked (David Bromstead, who is on several shows on HGTV now, and also Antonio Ballatore, who had a show that aired a few episodes, but seems to have disappeared), but overall the "winner" is usually a person who seems to have less talent than other contestants of their season and seems to be the predetermined "chosen one".

August 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPipeTobacco

@Dee: Wait until you catch the "Westboro" show. Those folks put the whack in wackadoodles. They were here early this week and they sure make it interesting.

August 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHanover Fiste

Drowlord, "My Cat from Hell" and "Pit Boss" are excellent reality TV shows to watch, as is "Too Cute." *sniff* I miss Animal Planet.

August 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarol Elaine

I actually think they were being deviously clever. In the last season, the winner, an interesting man character who apparently couldn't handle a show, edged out a woman who had a better chance of actually hosting a show about cooking. So this time rather than splitting the "I might actually watch this person" vote between Damaris and Nikki they went with splitting the "I would really like to see this guy have a show but I would only watch it once in my lifetime" vote.

August 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKevinD

So that's the explanation for keeping Alanna on Face Off. Thank you!

August 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAudax

I'm suddenly upset with this TV show. All I do is mumble and make pie... but I never agreed to appear on their show. Nor do I recall any time on camera... so I assume I was drugged. They're gonna hear from my lawyer, if he understands what I tell him over the phone.

August 31, 2013 | Unregistered Commentertom

I watch so many food-themed reality show contests it's humiliating... And I have to say Hell's Kitchen is the absolute worst for seeming contrived. You're guaranteed that every challenge will end up a tie until the last person you're guaranteed that the bitchiest drama-making contestant will stay until black jackets. I think Gordon Ramsay loves cheap drama. In general I don't call shenanigans on the outcome, but the path they take to get there is so tiresome...

August 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLythande

Amish Mafia is the cream of the crop. They even have an Amish midget mafia enforcer.

August 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew

The first gift my husband ever gave me was a huge Bowie knife. We've been together 20 years now!

September 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAdrian

I hate reality tv so much, except for when Japan had Ninja Warrior - that was a good show! I couldn't get into 'Survivor' season one, and that's pretty much where I stopped watching all reality tv. It should never have gone past MTVs: Real Life (which was already terrible). At this rate, one day we really will go watch a movie that is just a butt for 2 hours. Welcome to Costco, I love you...

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNefrai

Reality TV is only half fake. It's not really scripted, just "pushed" in a certain direction, and edited to be more dramatic than it really is.

April 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCrazy Fish
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