Sunday Funnies – LOLs, April 16th, 2023

Two comics from Ian with the common element of unpaid internships, which he notes “seem to be everywhere at the moment!”

And finally, an Ewww-LOL from BillR. It’s the “number 2” that clinches it!


  1. There’s finally been some cracking down on unpaid internships the last few years. Also, on general working for free, except in Mary Worth.

  2. Mary Worth’s friend or advisee is helping out unpaid at the veterinary clinic, yes, but we can figure she’s taking compensation in the form of getting emotional hooks into the vet himself.

  3. Can anyone tell me where the “evil-looking brunette’s picks up the beret-wearing rabbit who is into BDSM” thing comes from or why it’s funny?

    The Bliss cartoon has a problem, for me: I was distracted by the One, Two, Three Dog Night aspect to the point that I didn’t realize for far too long it was supposed to be about cats & dogs.

    That America song is over 50 years old. Who is the audience for Ellis? (Of course, for all I know, that strip is 49 years old).

  4. @Carl Fink- the comic with the evil-looking brunette/ beret-wearing bunny is:
    C’est la Vie by Jennifer Babcock ; the brunette is “Mona” her bunny is ‘Monsieur Smokey”. Not sure about the safe word

  5. Thanks for filling that in, Nathan. Part of the lore of the comic is that M. Smokey communicates with Mona via thought bubbles; so maybe the joke here is that thinking it is not an effective way to invoke a safeword!

    But I’m not sure if there is some parody element implied by the “Love Is…” title. Or simply an allusion to introduce the picture?

  6. The C’est La Vie comic is from this date- 8 Nov 2009; ( it doesn’t seem to be part of a larger story, other than Mona always trying to find a romantic partner (maybe a cautionary tale about establishing boundaries/ safe words for when she finally does find one!?)

  7. The “C’est La Vie” comic is certainly referencing the “Love Is …” comics, not only by the words but also the distinctive font. (But I wouldn’t claim that Monsieur Smokey being clothesless is a reference to the similar condition of the “Love Is ..” characters, part of its signature.)

  8. Not sure if there is a direct connection, or not, but Schulz published a Peanuts adjacent book in the sixties titled “Happiness is a Warm Puppy” which was wildly popular, and started a whole trend of “{noun} is … {definition}” sayings. Love Story’s “Love is never having to say you’re sorry.” as well as the Beatles’ “Happiness is a Warm Gun” can probably be traced back to this phenomenon. Whether the Love Is… comic came from this also, is anybody’s guess, but I should point out that the characters are now fully clothed lest today’s youth be corrupted by images of frolicking nude lovers.

    And another side rant. I went out to to verify the date of Love Story and it now appears to require that you log in under an account of your choice – none of which I choose. WTF?

  9. I use often, with only a suggestion that I switch to the app. I’ve not been asked to log in.

  10. And then there was MAD Magazine’s tribute to “Happiness Is A Warm Puppy”: “Misery Is A Cold Hot Dog.”

    Misery is … running barefoot through the grass, and then finding out you’re in a cow pasture.

  11. Thanks, Brian, that was quite interesting. I was only semi-aware of GoComics having these features — if you start from the C’est La Vie page and click About, the short write-up there ought to hade a link to this in-depth profile, one would think…. Maybe I just missed it.

  12. IMDB, once great, has been slowly circling the drain since Amazon acquired them, death by a thousand cuts. I’ve given up on the site for a couple years now, going to Wikipedia instead — they tend to have almost all the vanilla info I’m looking for — as for the extra special stuff IMDB used to be known for, they don’t have it anymore either (or at least keep hiding it, putting it behind paywalls and such, making it unusable), so what’s the point of IMDB anymore?

  13. I agree, IMDb used to be great, but has sunk into impenetrable advertising. For a while it was just the mobile/tablet App that was getting so bad while the main website itself remained pretty usable; but now the website too is like that. If you can get past the logos, pictured scenes, and even video clips for unrelated current popular features, the full data listings for an actor or a film are available only with knowledge of where to click, and until you do are obscured by “Known For” displays. Also, as larK points out, fun and useful categories like trivia, goofs, soundtracks, connections, are still available but only with some effort.

    I entered a trial subscription to IMBdPRO — it at least makes the data listings easy to find and navigate, instead of obscured by promotional material. But also buried among a lot of “pro” features not that important to typical curious fan. Like the awareness ratings for actors.

  14. I used to (occasionally) enjoy reading trivia and goofs for various movies at IMDb, but the only time I use it now is for German movies that do not have a rating at Rotten Tomatoes. IMDb’s ratings are not as reliable (they almost always land in the 6 to 8 range, with a very narrow standard deviation), but they are sometimes the only alternative.

    P.S. The most annoying thing about IMDb on mobile devices is that the website insists on translating the titles to the browser’s language (on Safari for iOS, that means the device’s language). English titles for German movies are bad enough, but being inflicted with German titles for American films is truly annoying.

  15. IMDb has one great value – “Who was that?/What were they in?” “I forget what his name is and I can’t sleep until…”

    Tonight being an example we were watching a rerun of “NCIS” and I knew that I knew an actor from some other show and had to look it up.

    Also there is “I can’t remember what he/she was in – but (name of celebrity) was in it with them – look up the other celebrity and follow the info back to who the other actor is and what they were in.

  16. I used to have a block, unable to remember the name of actor Kevin Corrigan. But using Meryl’s technique witn IMDb, I knew he had been in a certain sitcom around the early 2000s, whose title however I never remembered. But I did know the name of another lead actor in that sitcom, Donal Logue. So, looking him up and scrolling down his long list of credits, finally Grounded for Life rings a bell. And finally clicking over to the show’s page and checking the cast list reveals Kevin Corrigan’s name.

  17. I never have to resort to IMDb to look up that sort of information, the filmographies at Wikipedia are normally very reliable, and the website interface there is much cleaner and quicker to load than the spam and clickbait infested collection of ads at IMDb.

  18. Yes, but.

    My response to Meryl, describing my use of a roundabout technique like hers, was from the time of the OLD IMDb – where you put in an actor’s name and hey-presto there is the listing of all their credits, in order, no fumbling around to get past the “known for” area etc.; or, put in the name of a movie and hey-presto, there is a list of cast and crew.

  19. @ Mitch – My intent was not to criticize your (former) methods, but merely to point out a better alternative for the current situation. There may be others around here (besides Meryl) who might benefit.

  20. Tonight being an example we were watching a rerun of “NCIS” and I knew that I knew an actor from some other show and had to look it up.

    Well? Who was it? Way to leave us hanging.

  21. My apologies – I did not get back to the site until my usual Monday night (early Tuesday am) visit last night and I had to get off rather quicker than normal as it was later than usual.

    I admit that I no longer remember who the actor was or what part he played.

    My mind is no longer what it used to be since I found out last year that I have a repressed memory and my mind seems to spend most of its energy trying to figure out and bring back the memory as it is driving me (and I am driving Robert) crazy . I now have to write down what Robert said he wanted for dinner in our home office as in the walk downstairs I forget – though unusual and exciting things which happened to me back when I was 3 years old I still remember.

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