This cartoon had me cracking up. I thought of this one while I was of course writing. I did a couple Yoda sketches where he was in retirement. But the joke really wasn’t working for me. A couple weeks go by and I came across it again when I was flipping through my sketch book. I knew it could be funny. I just didn’t know how. Many jokes start like this. This usually means that the funny lies in the writing. Maybe a week goes by again and I go back to it this time changing the scene to where Yoda is drinking at a bar and maybe he’s with a friend. Now I just have to come up with something that he would say. I looked up on the internet famous Yoda sayings. Mainly to see how he talks so I can replicate it. I must admit I’m not the best with grammar so my first attempts were wrong. Until one night I was actually putting pencil to paper on this cartoon (without a punchline yet. That’s how funny I knew it was…I just hadn’t found it yet), when I asked my roommate “If Yoda was drinking at a bar what would he say?” I gave him an example of “the tequila in this margarita is strong.” I can’t remember what else transpired except that my roommate gave some suggestions that my word choice was weak and suggested that I use a more action packed verb. This helped out and I landed on Yoda drinking a “Obe One Kenobi” type character under the table. I guess at 900 years old you probably got some serious drinking skills.
I’m very happy that I stuck with this joke. This happens all the time. I’ve got probably a dozen cartoon ideas sitting in my sketchbook waiting for the “Aha!” moment. You just have to work at it a little and change little things or angles to reach the final funny.
Here is the final cartoon which will post this Friday.