Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for December 31, 2023

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    BE THIS GUY  6 months ago

    Tony Bennett hasn’t been gone long enough to be disrespected in this way.

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    BasilBruce  6 months ago

    Pig: “The Sysco kid is a friend of mine.”

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    Bilan  6 months ago

    That joke belongs in San Francisco, 49 square miles surrounded by reality – Paul Kantner, Jefferson Airplane

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    DennisinSeattle Premium Member 6 months ago

    BOO! But yeah , a good boo. Well constructed pun.

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    rogthedodge1  6 months ago

    I left my harp in Sam Clam’s disco!

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    ronaldspence  6 months ago

    good way to end the year, with a groan!

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    Hello Everyone  6 months ago

    So Sunday is PUNday?

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    seismic-2 Premium Member 6 months ago

    Of all the celebrity passings in 2023, Tony’s hit home the hardest. Having listened to him for decades I always felt comforted just knowing that he was still around, and somehow I just hoped that he always would be.

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    Richard S Russell Premium Member 6 months ago

    I think the female version of the name is spelled “Frances”.

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    eromlig  6 months ago

    Where little cable cars / Drive clear across my scars…

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    GreasyOldTam  6 months ago

    I’m so well trained that when I saw all the text I started trying to find the names of states or countries.

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    cracker65  6 months ago

    That was a good one

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    rickgeorges Premium Member 6 months ago

    Shouldn’t she be spelled “Frances”?

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    Imagine  6 months ago

    That took a lot of effort. Both to write and to read.

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    markkahler52  6 months ago

    Like a flag, may Pig’s art always wave!! (?)

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    JoeStoppinghem Premium Member 6 months ago

    I thought he was going with something like , “The sysco kid wants a stand of mine.”

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    iggyman  6 months ago

    Quite good!

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    iggyman  6 months ago

    Noe every time I see a Sysco truck I will think of this!

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    Lenavid  6 months ago

    Classic Pastis! Thank you, Steph! Happy New Year!

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    Ellis97  6 months ago

    Shouldn’t it be, “I left my art in THE sand, Fran?”

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    hariseldon59  6 months ago

    I wonder if Pig serves pork tacos.

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    MS72  6 months ago

    I wondered how he’d work that company’s name into the gag. i gagged!

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    deojaideep aka Courage  6 months ago

    No Baseball bat today, huh Rat?

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    cmerb  6 months ago

    This one is a real " beauty " for sure : )

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    PaulAbbott2  6 months ago

    Boo, hiss

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    russef  6 months ago

    Happy New Year Steph!!!

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    Huckleberry Hiroshima  6 months ago

    Pig’s naked.

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    Linguist  6 months ago

    The late Tony Bennet, among his many talents, was quite an accomplished artist. I’m sure he’d have loved today’s Pastis Pun!

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    rossevrymn  6 months ago

    Nope, you didn’t git me………..not gonna read it.

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    Doug K  6 months ago

    It washed away with the tide.

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    Cary Rodda Premium Member 6 months ago

    Hah! I wasn’t sure a pun was coming but you delivered!

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    Frank Salem Premium Member 6 months ago

    It should be Frances for a woman, not Francis.

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    FrugalFrankie  6 months ago

    So Stephan, not to complain or anything, but the female spelling is Frances, with an “e” not an “i”. It’s a lifelong pet peeve of mine after being put in boy’s gym classes, wood working, etc. (this was the 1960’s) Haha and I ended up with a boy nickname after all!

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    Ignatz Premium Member 6 months ago

    Guessed this one in the first panel, Stephan.

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    Egrayjames  6 months ago

    So Pig has a Sysco trough. Sorry, but I’ve been using that expression for years due to the fact there are very few food suppliers where I live; making most restaurants limited in their offerings.

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    2001conv  6 months ago

    It’s all in the timing.

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    Droptma Styx  6 months ago

    The good news is, Pastis promised this is the last pun for the rest of the year!

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    monya_43  6 months ago

    Hope everyone has a happy and prosperous new year!

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    SusieB  6 months ago

    I admire Pastis and his puns. Takes a talent I certainly don’t have

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    jel354  6 months ago

    A nice and cheesy tribute to Tony Bennett.

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    lproven  6 months ago

    Surely “Frances” rather than “Francis”?

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    royq27  6 months ago

    End the year on a high! Great, unfortunately I left my wallet and phone…

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    jannichols2000  6 months ago

    Very punny!!!!!

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    figuratively speaking  6 months ago

    That pun was so good. It’ll haunt my dreams.

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    Goat from PBS  6 months ago

    Rat, Stephan’s puns will live on forever.

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    Cameron1988 Premium Member 6 months ago

    Saw that one coming

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    carlosrivers  6 months ago

    …and, does rat realize that if Stephan’s art disappears, HE disappears?

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    gigi20  6 months ago

    It took me a second to understand rest-aurant. I’ve never seen it separated like that.

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    Zebrastripes  6 months ago

    LOL! Thanks for another great year of Toons Stephan! ❤️


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    CaveCat87  6 months ago

    Come on, Rat! Lighten up! That’s actually a pretty good one! Admit it!

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    Charles & Susan  Premium Member 6 months ago

    Bravo Steph! Happy New Year!

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    dv  6 months ago

    If he is going to leave his art there, shouldn’t he instead be ordering networking equipment from Cisco systems? Their logo looks like the golden gate bridge after all.

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    brianstreleckis  6 months ago

    No disrespect is meant by this, and these strips ending in song lyrics happen frequently.

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    louhmartin Premium Member 6 months ago

    Some of the comments are about as funny as the pun itself. Happy new year!

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    The Fly Hunter  6 months ago

    I once worked for the competition. Instead of Sysco we called them Psycho. They called us Useless Foodservice. We both said that PFG stood for Pretty F’ing Gross.

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    socalvillaguy Premium Member 6 months ago

    Generally, I like puns…

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    Flossie Mud Duck  6 months ago

    Thanks. It’s been a while since one of these appeared. I’d almost forgotten how to groan.

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    P51Strega  6 months ago

    LOL, Yay a pun strip!

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    P51Strega  6 months ago

    I definitely bennetfitted from reading today’s strip.

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    TwilightFaze  6 months ago

    Laughed a WEEEEEE bit too hard at this one!

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    mpolo11 Premium Member 6 months ago

    One of the most torturous yet!

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    zenyattafan  6 months ago

    Stephan would have to wait until the last day of 2023 to publish the Pun of the Year.

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    KEA  6 months ago

    i actually saw (heard in my head) this one coming

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    Otis Rufus Driftwood  6 months ago

    Happy New Year to all ‘Pearls’ fans.

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    wordsmeet  6 months ago

    Good thing Stephan didn’t name the supplier Sisko or else he’d be sued. :D

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    I'm Sad  6 months ago

    a) Remember in the old days when people read the comics for fun? b) Let us people who have been alive a long time enjoy good stuff like this because c) Good puns are a lot of fun!

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    willie_mctell  6 months ago

    Formerly S. E. Rykoff.

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    Joan Tinnin Premium Member 6 months ago

    Dear Stephan, I absolutely loathe puns. I absolutely adore the brilliance of your puns.

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    Thehag  6 months ago

    Timely. Giant waves hitting the west coast.

    Love these puns.

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    birdcountry99  6 months ago

    “Cisco” kid was a friend of mine….

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    psiciliano Premium Member 6 months ago

    INSERT GROAN EMOJI HERE*** More, please! LOL!

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    alexius23  6 months ago

    Where little cable cars take you half way to the Stars

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    topekaboo street  6 months ago

    For the character in the yellow / gold top, name should be ‘Frances’!

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    luluputu  6 months ago

    Pastis, you make me laugh!

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    jtburgess Premium Member 6 months ago

    Now that’s the kind of ultra contrived humor I expect from this guy.Happy new year, y’all.

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    bigplayray  6 months ago

    I was hoping for something with “The Sysco Kid”. You know… He was a friend of mine!

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    GumbyDammit223  6 months ago

    Hey! At least he called it art!!

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    Richard Perry  6 months ago

    I love Pastis’s cheesy puns.

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    Jaime Jean M  6 months ago

    No matter how hard I try, I can never figure out the pun before the end.

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    Katje  6 months ago

    Happy New Year! And may your next fart be a dry one… :D

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    And So It Goes  6 months ago

    Stephan turely went a long way to make an Un Fun Pun.

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    elgrecousa Premium Member 6 months ago

    Rat should be careful; Pastis may wipe him out of the strip.

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    sperry532  6 months ago

    Oh, my, ghod.

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    M209T Premium Member 6 months ago

    And with that, San Francisco sinks slowly into the west… ;-)

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    DaBump Premium Member 6 months ago

    I saw what was coming with “Francis” and “Sysco,” I just had to see how he got there.

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    Victory  6 months ago


    Anybody else remember (apologies, this is from memory only)

    “Count tree roads. Take me, Holmes, to the plains, I’ll be long”??

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    asrialfeeple  6 months ago

    HAPPY 2024!!

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    eddi-TBH  6 months ago

    Have a punny New Year, y’all.

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    pamela welch Premium Member 6 months ago

    G R O A N & G R O A N – LOLOL

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    ejvj  5 months ago

    I love the puns. Happy New Year, all!

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    jblock1953  5 months ago

    Tony definitely had a sense of humor. He appeared on Saturday Night Live with Alec Baldwin when Alec was doing a Tony Bennett impression hosting the Tony Bennett show when he introduced his special guest Anthony Bennedetto. They sang a duet and the real Tony could hardly keep a straight face.

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    Salty dog Premium Member 5 months ago

    One of the best puns I have read

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    calmom75 Premium Member 5 months ago

    Male spelling is ‘Francis’ – female spelling is ‘Frances’….. just sayin’…

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    gmu328  5 months ago

    Some folks would say this shows disrespect to Tony Bennett, as he hasn’t been gone long enough. However, this no such thing, this is Pastis homage to a great.

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    beekeeper333  5 months ago

    My favorite is I left my harp in Sam Clam’s disco!

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    Goat from PBS  5 months ago

    Happy 22nd birthday, Pearls! Nothing like celebrating with a pun.

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