Thursday, 27 August 2009


I popped into Oxfam at lunchtime. Flipping through a book of cartoons I was shocked to discover that The Simpsons had ripped off one of the jokes in it. The book was "The Bedside Leunig" (reprinted 1989) and the joke consisted of a worker-type confronting a boss-type, finally demanding "How do you sleep at night?", only for the boss to reply "I sleep at night between silk sheets on a heated, king size auto-massage water bed with piped music on a very quiet street with a companion whose beauty would make you weep with desire".

I don't remember seeing any of Michael Leunig's drawings before but now I have I'd say he was obviously a big influence on David Shrigley.

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