Every comic is funnier with "Christ, what an asshole" for a punchline

Robert sez, "As a followup to Cory's post on the fact that New Yorker cartoons can be captioned with 'Christ, what an asshole' without compromising their comedic value: I discovered that it works on virtually every comic, old and new."

Christ, It Works for Everything


  1. It works because that’s what you REALLY are thinking. It’s not what you’re going to say, but you know it crossed your mind.

    Much like wanting to punch someone in the face. Sure you’d probably never do it. But that scenario plays in the background a lot.

    (Or maybe that is just in my world…?)

    1. I love how the error message carefully places all of the potential blame onto the user’s computer, browser, and/or their ISP… but not Yahoo.

  2. I’m not sure if i believe this works for every comic strip, but i GUARANTEE that it works for every Marmaduke.

  3. Well, personally, I think “That’s what the Rabbi/Priest said” works just as well and is much more kid friendly. My son says “Christ, what an asshole” enough to me already without you guys fanning the fire.

  4. Looking at the source for the Google cache, it looks like in addition to Family Circus, he did Garfield, FoxTrot, Dilbert, Peanuts, Marmaduke, Lockhorns, Perry Bible Fellowship, xkcd, Batman, Calvin and Hobbes, and Penny Arcade.

    Wonder if it works for Narbonic?

  5. There used to be a website dedicated to corrupting Family Circus cartoons. It was the “Dysfunctional Family Circus”. Every day a new one would be posted and then people would leave their own captions. As you might guess the majority of captions revolved around scatology, incest, and violence. Though some of them were still pretty funny. Bill Keane finally got sick of his creation being the target for that much abuse and had it shut down.

    Good times…

  6. actually, for maximum ha-ha — “christ, what an asshole (in bed). That’s what she said.”

  7. Didn’t Aristophanes do this to Euripides in the Frogs with “He dropped his lamp”? It was the perfect deflator. Christ hadn’t been born yet, so he had to work with what he had.

  8. CORRECTION: not very funny with New Yorker cartoons, but extremely funny with Family Circus. It may be the first laughs that Family Circus has delivered in its history.

  9. Well replacing the ALL the punchlines of Family Circus with “Christ, what an asshole,” probably only reduces the total number of gags by three. It never ceases to amaze me that the strip doesn’t even have a weeks worth of gags in rotation.

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