1. Cats never have to be anywhere at any particular time and are well-known for sleeping most of the day. To Dean, it sounds like a perfect life.

  2. In addition to what Arthur and Kilby said, Dean is taking out his frustration on Spock by interrupting his early morning, post-breakfast nap.

  3. Thanks to whoever it was here that turned me on to Business Cat, on the occasion of its final installment, a couple weeks ago I’ve been meting out the archives since them.

    As CEO, Mr. Cat doesn’t have quite the same promptness expectations as are on an ordinary employee – – or on schoolchildren – – but he does need to get up and go to work, and not forget his briefcase.

  4. “I just don’t get how it’s a joke at all.”

    It’s a relatable situation the reader is familiar with rendered evocatively but simply and recognizable. It is heightened by a futile and impotent vocal response the reader understands and sympathizes with but recognizes as futile and absurd in it’s grandiosity (Americans talk about the “next life” but for most it simply isn’t in or belief system and even if it were we have no choice in it, and even if we did we still have eighty years of the *current* life to muddle through which will be full of school, work, and missed deadlines). The familiar empathetic recognition causes in the reader an emotional build up and release, which causes a similar reaction that humor does.

    Hence although it is not technically a joke, it evokes the same desired response.

    In a way, it’s a bit like the door monitor at CostCo who every time he sees you leaving with a rotisserie chicken in your basket will say “Oh, Boy! No cooking tonight, eh!”. And then he will laugh. Despite not having said *any*thing that can technically be described as humor.

    Only the experience of reading the comic strip is more pleasant.

    …. (dang, CostCo checkout door monitor…. It’s enough to make me dread buying rotisserie chicken…)….

  5. Just tell the CostCo guy that “Actually, I never eat chicken; I’m just taking this gooey slippery animal carcass out to my car to have wild and kinky sex with it.” That should quiet him down for the next time he sees you.

  6. Comics about cat comics seem to be the source of a particular divide between people who appreciate them, and people who don’t (aka Bill).

  7. Years ago, my Airedale’s groomer used to say she wanted to be reincarnated as one of my dogs . . . the dog always came in before a party and we used to have many of them at that time.

  8. That cat could be a few of my dogs . . . no matter where I want to go, one of ’em’s right in the way. When they’re on the bed, it’s a rule of dogdom that dogs weigh about ten times their usual weight, so you can’t move ’em. On a queen bed, I have about 18″ to sleep on. (And I wouldn’t have it any other way, but I was raised as an only child with dogs for siblings.)

  9. I was always jealous of my older sister who was raised as an only child with nothing significant as siblings.


    …. what?…. why are you all looking at me like that?……

  10. Mitch4: I didn’t understand your comment at all, but just did a search to explain it, and . . . wow, that’s really messed up.

  11. Candace Bergen didn’t have to share a bed with her brother. Charlie McCarthy had his own bedroom which was much nicer than hers.

  12. Vents – not dummies.

    There is an episode of Jack Benny where he goes to visit Edgar Bergen. Bergen is not home and Jack sits and talks with Bergen’s wife Frances. As they sit and talk the various vents come out – but portrayed by short people (not sure if little people or children) dressed as them. First Charlie McCarthy comes out and there is a discussion between him and Frances about him coming home on time or such, then a similar with Mortimer Snerd. The entire time Jack is in amazement and shock. Then of course there is a discussion that he did not know that the were real…

  13. Actually, I hesitated about using the word “dummy” but all I could remember as a more polite alternative was “figure”, and I thought that wouldn’t be clear without more context. Thank you for introducing me to “vent”.

  14. Charlie McCarthy is also (in at least one or two scenes) palyed by a small person in the 1942 movie HERE WE GO AGAIN (second of two movies Bergen & crew made with Fibber McGee and Molly), even though the IMDB doesn’t list a credit for Charlie’s human “stand in” (scamper in, more like, since the scene I recall involved Charlie running away from a bear). Since I wasn’t expecting it, it was an Uncanny Valley moment to see Charlie suddenly moving quickly under his own power.

    Mortimer Snerd is also in the movie, but just stands in one place, looking in at a window, so had no need for a human double.

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