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Whatever happened to the clever comedy?
on 27 March 2009
I read this book after reading a Dilbert compilation from ten years earlier, and my, what a difference. Gone are the clever twists at the end of each cartoon, and instead there is just a single level point made - in many cases these just give a feeling of "what?" It's almost like these are written by a different author - is that possible - the strips are being farmed out to other writers without the inherent wit of Scott Adams? I can recall in one of the books, Scott Adams revealed his principles of comedy writing - that any joke ought to have two items, cuteness, meanness, etc - but the strips in this book don't meet that criteria, there's just a single mildly amusing event, no cutting point. The Sunday strips which are longer are still pretty good, but the daily ones suffer from a severe quality problem. My advice is to buy the earlier books, before about 1998, because by this time - I think the book dates from 2004 - the comedy value has severely dropped.