One Punch Reviews #26: Scott Meets Family Circus
The spoof Scott Meets Family Circus by comedian Scott Gairdner has found itself an unlikely battle between two titans of journalism: The Huffington Post and the Washington Post. It all started when Huffington praised the spoof and posted several selections on its site. Back at the Washington Post, Michael Cavna of the Comic Riffs section shot back that Scott Meets Family Circus was “a calcified deposit of seriously unfunny on the humorous “humerus” that is the HuffPost’s funny bone.” Oh, snap, son! That’s, like, trash talk straight out of an Ivy League playground!
So who’s right? The Post … or The Post? Perhaps a site that specializes in webcomics can cast the deciding vote. Perhaps a site like … The Webcomic Overlook.
Frankly, I don’t know why Family Circus ends up drawing more hatred than its contemporaries. It’s not like Hi & Lois or Blondie or Dennis the Menace is less out-of-touch with the times, yet none of those seem to draw the amount of hate that Family Circus gets. I mean… it’s just so innocuous, you know? The way Family Circus haters act, you figure that someone who looked suspiciously like Jeffy gave them wedgies in junior high, then drove over to their house and killed their dog by crushing its spine under the heel while laughing maniacally.
Readers of The Webcomic Overlook should know that I have no issue with comic strip mockery. I’ve got a sidebar with a bunch of handy comic mockery links, and this site is honorary comic mocker on at least two blogrolls. What I do have an issue with is when something’s not funny. And Scott Meets Family Circus? It’s not funny at all. It’s just mean spirited. It’s page after page of Scott showing up to tell the Keane kids how stupid they are. In a bizarre irony befitting of O. Henry, the comic whose sole purpose is to expose the Family Circus as repetitive and unfunny is actually much, much more repetitive and unfunny.
Actually, that’s unfair. It’s not totally repetitive. Towards the end, Scott seems to get bored drawing himself as the Keane kids’ cruel adult tormentor and instead draws himself having an affair with Ma Keane, then drawing himself a black friend to assist him in his torment. At which point Scott Meets Family Circus transcends being merely unfunny to being pathetic.
So, when it comes down to a titanic battle of the political blog versus the grand old newspaper, bet on the latter. Especially if the latter has a John Philip Sousa march named after it.
Far superior Family Circus mockery, by the way? The Family Circus of Values. Yeah, it’s just as bitter … but it’s far more imaginative and double the vocabulary.
Rating: 1 star (out of 5).
Posted on February 12, 2010, in 1 Star, comedy webcomic, One Punch Reviews, spoof, The Webcomic Overlook, webcomics and tagged Family Circus, Scott Meets Family CIrcus. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.