first aid for the joking victim DEPT.
Comedy is a tough business.
Take it from us — as a comedy
magazine, we know a thing
or two about comedy!
Actually, we know just a
thing about comedy —
that it’s a tough business.
We also know that stand-
up comedy is particularly
tough! Okay, so technically,
we know roughly one-and-
a-half things about comedy.
Still, in an effort to learn
more, we fully intend to read…
1 Keep all political
humor current WRITER: jeff kruse
ARTIST: Rick Tulka
colorist: ryan flanders
2 Observational humor onlytrillion times before.
works when it
hasn’t been observed 73
it Labor Day,
What’s the deal with
Warren G. Harding, huh? Remember the cardinal rule of comedy:
You have to be a pretty
“Brevity is the soul of wit.”
lame president to be
So a priest, a rabbi, an
involved in a scandal
imam, a Buddhist monk,
named after a teapot!
a nun, an atheist, an
aardvark, a parrot, and
a robot walk into a bar…
barack around the clock DEPT.
The news media
typically reviews a new
after his first 100 days
in office, using it as a
barometer to measure
effectiveness. We say pshaw!
(And that’s not so easy to say!)
MAD believes we can find out
everything we’ll need to know
about Barack by reviewing…
WRITERs: Bill fibbers and frank santopadre ARTIST: drew friedman
00: Finish up inaugural address 14-16: Watch trailer for new 28-30: Organize pick-up basketball game with
Supreme Court: Robes vs. Skins
Star Trek movie
01-02: Round up Michelle and kids, give finger
17-19: Begin fundraising for 2012
to Bush and Cheney, head to Oval Office
20: Reject request for exclusive inter-
view with Black President magazine
21-22: Pressure Harry Reid to appoint
Jeremiah Wright new Chaplain of
23-24: Scrape eight years worth of chewing gum off
31-34: Sneak out to Rose Garden for a
03: Remove stupid flag pin from lapel the bottom of the Oval Office desk
04: Rescind order that all White House
35: Decline Barney Frank’s invitation to
TVs be set to FOX News
Sex and the City marathon
05-06: Send thank you note to George
36-37: Make some calls; arrange for
Bush for helping me get elected
Cheney to be put up at Walter Reed
07: Schedule weekly brunch with after his next heart attack
38: Screw with Secret Service agents
08: Submit Keith Olbermann’s name by shouting out, “Hey, it’s almost
for Presidential Medal of Freedom prayer time, which way is Mecca?!”
09: Fill out change of address forms 39: Send mash note to Doris Kearns
10-13: Sneak out to Rose Garden for a quick smoke
40-41: Line new puppy cage with worthless GM stock
25: Go on Facebook; put out a friend
request to Ahmadinejad (with no
26: Remind Biden to “shut his f*#king
27: Check Amazon’s ranking of
The Audacity of Hope
THOUGHT IN THE ACT DEPT.
Inauguration Day in Washington, D.C. — a time for democracy to renew itself. A time for hope, optimism and change. And also a time
for simmering rivalries, past slights and petty disagreements to fester in one’s mind, creating bitterness, hatred, and, in some cases,
the seeds for the next presidential election. Eh, you don’t have to be a mind reader to see where this introduction is going...
To think that So we’re
this all started getting a puppy.
with a five dollar Looks like Barack and I
This is truly bar bet... are BOTH going to spend
a great day for
the next few years getting
minorities in America!
barked at and cleaning
A man with hair plugs is I can’t wait up horrible
now Vice President of to start crushing messes!
Mmmm… the United States! this liberal bastard’s
Michelle, you progressive agenda with
sleek little Nubian a 5-4 Supreme Court There’s ten
princess! decision! seconds left before
he’s sworn in. I still
have time to capture
If Bill comes
within 20 feet of
Sarah Palin, I’m
believe this guy is
gonna get Jesse
succeeding me as
Jackson to cut his
at him — the
I don’t want to cut off
second most powerful
his nuts any more. I’d be
happy just to give him
DESMOND DEVLIN, JEFF KRUSE,
JACOB LAMBERT, FRANK SANTOPADRE
AND DENNIS SNEE
ARTIST: tom richmond