Two silent penultimate panels for this Labor Day Monday:
Andy Capp by Roger Mahoney and Roger Kettle
On the Fastrack by Bill Holbrook
The awkward pause is such a comedy cliche today, you can't watch a sit-com or a beer commercial without seeing one. It's become so integral to the way we tell jokes some have forgotten how to be funny without them.
Today's Sally Forth tries to make a gag out of nothing but an awkward pause.
Today's Andy Capp uses an awkward pause that just doesn't happen anywhere except in the universe of forced comedy--right in the middle of a person's thoughts.
There are just too many other ways to be funny to only use this trick.