Dating for Dummies


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Here is a joke with multiple possible meanings. If I had left the bottom caption off, it might mean that the dummy is actually flirting with the woman himself, in some surreal, alter-reality. Which leads one to wonder how things might have gone if they’d gotten amorous. The word “wood” comes to mind.

I chose to include the bottom caption because I think it is funnier to imagine a ventriloquist pretending to be passed out while his dummy hits on a woman. (In a euphemistic sense, this happens in bars all over the world every night––a man is “passed out” drunk but his “dummy” continues to hit on women.)

This interpretation leads to interesting questions, too. Let’s say she agrees to give them a ride home. How does she get both the man and the dummy to her car? Let’s say that somehow she does; what’s the ventriloquist’s next move? Does he “come to” in the car and start charming her, or does he continue to let the dummy do the work? “I hope you’ll excuse my friend. He’s been under a lot of stress lately what with the enormous financial empire he controls and all of the women who are constantly after him. And his pockets are full of chocolate.” (Women like money, guys whom other women find sexy, and chocolate.)

My own technique is much more passive than this one. I stand quietly off to the side for hours until a woman who finds quiet guys interesting decides to talk to me. If I find her attractive, I attempt to be funny. (Women like humor.) If I don’t find her attractive, I hold one of my eyes open too wide and let a teaspoon of drool slither down my chin as I giggle like the Hunchback of Notre Dame. (Women do not like drool or men who make guttural noises.) This method has worked pretty well for me over the years and it is how I snagged my current Special Lady Friend. No ventriloquism necessary.

As I typed this, I could not help but wonder if there are women out there somewhere who are attracted to ventriloquists purely because they may possess a certain manual dexterity that might provide them with delights they had not formerly experienced. Hmm.


17 thoughts on “Dating for Dummies

  1. Perhaps it’s they’re ability to keep a “stiff upper lip.”

    Just a thought… Among many I vocalize each day-And probably shouldn’t.

  2. The dummies creep me out on the same level as clowns (I paused for at least 37 seconds, weighing the creepiness of clowns vs. dummies–it’s a tie). Any human attached to said dummy is unusual–in a gruesome sort of way. I appreciate a man with “wood”, just not wood that is whittled into a likeness of himself.

    • Love that last sentence! You should tweet that: “Regarding ventriloquists; I appreciate a man with “wood,” just not wood that is whittled into a likeness of himself.”

  3. When it comes to the “kindness of strangers”, dummies like this are always looking for a hand out…or should I say, a hand in.

  4. Please help us Jazz Pickles to understand. The name of the photo file featuring you with your current lady friend (and the plucked dead parrot) references “Kim.” However, in your 28 April 2013 blog entry, you reference, “Klamelda.” Which is her real name?

  5. About the photo featuring you and your Special Lady friend: is that a rubber chicken on your shoulder or are you just glad to see her?

    Just askin’…

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