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In order to make this work in my standard format I had to change things from my original vision. If I was presenting this all at once It would have been the first panel, then one of Jessica performing the “felt job” then Ed reacting. This still works because you will fill in the blank until I actually show it. Or I could just never show what I decided it was, which might also be funny. In any case, if this was animated, the puppet hand would slowly rise until it was covering Ed’s eyes, rather than a fast move.

Part of what makes puppet comedy work is how much the people involved are willing to play along with the bit. It also works if some of the people don’t buy in at all. The performer has to be able to improv fairly well. Ed & Mike are both creative, play tabletop games, and other things that are basically performing arts on some level. At its core puppetry isn’t all that different from putting on a mask and pretending to be someone else, which is something all humans at one time or another.

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This is so funny and well executed; Ed’s reaction sells it better than anything I can imagine could.

Oh totally. I’m in the jump cut away and never show it side.

True. Imagination is very powerful. Keep the “felt job” totally there in our imaginations, it will be more lewd than anything anyone can draw.

I mean, if the punchline is an anticlimax, then leaving it in makes it funnier than leaving it up to imagination – but a week of strips leaving it in the imagination and *then* delivering the anticlimax allows for more time for the punchline to build, both “at the time” and “during archive binges”.

I love how even in the first few strips you were already referencing the muppets.
Now Ed really is waggling his arms muppet style, just in a different sense of the word

Ed’s puppet may be a snarky, surly son of a bitch, but man, he’s always right there and ready to take one for the team. Give the puppet his ups.

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