#613 – Busker

When I lived in Boston I wanted to play music on the subway platforms. I frequently saw some really good musicians playing there. I put together a set list and practiced it as if I was there and imagined the people walking by trying to ignore me. In the end I think I was lacking the ego required to pull something like that off. Maybe if I was out of work and needed the money things would have been different.


50 thoughts on “#613 – Busker”

  1. mr toast says:

    this reminds me of that joke
    “you can tune a guitar, but you can’t tuna fish”

  2. 3davideo says:

    Hey, he’s got a bass! *pdunk crish*

  3. Vidja says:

    I’m guessing, performance week

  4. £cake says:

    Now Biff plays bass.

  5. Kurast says:

    Our jazz group tried to do one of those side-show kind of things.

    Apparently the city of Seattle requires that you have a permit to perform music for tips.

  6. Genesismonk says:

    Dang, Mr toast beat me to it.

    Though I have to wonder what that sounded like. Knowing Biff, it could be anything.

  7. Richard says:

    He’s playing a bass, right? (Woot! That only works when you can write these puns down!)

  8. Drakey says:

    You know, I’d tip him better. Any man who goes to the effort to get a fish like that and play it in the subway deserves some money.

  9. i.half4 says:

    I was going to suggest another theme, but it sounded too fishy.

  10. LazerWulf says:

    I think Biff is playing the wrong kind of bass.

    *Sorry. It had to be said.*

  11. Chris says:

    So many bad puns I think I puked a little.

    I suppose playing a fish in the morning might be OK but I’m guessing that by mid-afternoon you’d have to chuck money at Biff from at least 10 yards to avoid the gut wrenching smell.

  12. Colin says:

    i think you would have done okay.

  13. RG says:

    I’d give him a seriously big tip if I find him in the subway.

  14. Gadora says:

    So he plays the bass?

  15. SEA says:

    It sounds fishy.

    I remember the tuna fish from the one with the tuna flavoured sunblock.

    Also, the Halloween Biff avatar is itsy!

  16. MaskedMan says:

    All the good jokes are taken, so I’ll be pedantic: Biff can’t be playing bass; that’s clearly a tuna.

  17. Kurast says:

    I believe the proper portmanteau of jokes is “Can tune a guitar but can’t tuna bass”

  18. Mastermenthe says:

    I just realized, every single person/first-timer who read TBOF archives has said, “I just read the archives from beginning to end! Great stuff! Looking forward to more!” or something of the like.

    That says something about your stuff, Chris.

  19. Micah says:

    *Sings* Fish heads, fish heads, rolly polly fish heads! Fish heads! Fish heads! Eat them up, YUM!

  20. Twilightfairy says:

    heh Biff is playing a fish. I’d tip him too.

  21. i.half4 says:

    @ Chris / SEA: “itsy?”

    @ Masked Man / Kurast: Bdddrump, Pshhhh!

  22. Jackson says:

    I’d compliment Biff on his musical skills, but I know he’s just fishing for compliments.

  23. thinkaboutit says:

    s-so..m-many b-b-bad.. p-puns *twitch twitch* can’t.. take.. much m-more *twitch twitch*

    *insert another bad fish pun here*

    AAAAAH!! *dies* X_X

  24. “Biff’s new bass guitar doesn’t play as well as his old one did.”

  25. Jackson says:

    And unfortunately, all you can play on an instrument like that is scales.

    Man, I’m on a roll here. …A salmon roll.

  26. 3davideo says:

    Hey, I got the bass one first. 😛

  27. Wizard says:

    Luring in new listeners?

    (Sorry, the good fish puns were already taken.)

  28. I just needed a Biff Alternate for the first time in a while.

  29. no name says:

    Biff’s outlines look thicker than usual. Just noticed.

  30. Speakerblast says:



  31. Micah says:

    Does Biff play for scale?

  32. Chezetoats says:

    This is awesome! (Sorry, no bad puns from me)

    @ Jackson: That was actually very original, I laughed harder than than with the comic! Great job, you earn 10 points for not using a dumb overused pun!

  33. Chezetoats says:

    Now I’ll use a pun: Biff must be playing to earn Gil (Any Final Fantasy fan will know what I mean).

  34. Amy says:

    @ Chezetoats – LOL!

    @ Micah – Ask a Fish Head anything you want to / they won’t answer / they…can’t…talk

  35. Micah says:

    @Amy-I took a fish head out to see a movie. Didn’t have to pay to get it in.

  36. Amy says:

    @ Micah – Roly poly fish heads are never seen drinking cappucino in italian restaurants with oriental women…yeahhhh…

  37. Pottery says:

    Actually it technically should be possible to play a fish if and only if the scales are designed in such a way that once Biff slides his fingernails across the scales they will resonate and thus produce sound. With practice he should eventually be able to play ‘Canon in D’
    As a sidenote, I name the new species of fish ‘Thannus sonorous’.

  38. Frozeth says:

    you should have written, “Biff tries playing the bass”

  39. Ence says:

    I had that exact same joke running around in my head for the longest time, but I could never figure out how to present it. You beat me to it.

  40. jykcor says:

    IIIII GET IT!!!!!!

    it’s a salmon!

  41. dragonbrad says:

    i haven’t posted a comment in a while( sigh ) but now i have to go find a giant fish, i have a guitar just like biffs, and now he sold, i dont even like most fish

  42. Samuel says:

    Yay! You finally made my idea from last year come true that Biff should play the bass!

  43. Nokore says:

    If I find Biff, I’m going to give him a kiss on the cheek and some suntan lotion. >>;

  44. Band Geek says:

    I’m surprised no one has made the obvious Majora’s Mask comment yet.
    It’s obvious Biff is trying to be the guitar-playing Zora dude you watch die on the beach. Zelda fans, are you out there?

  45. MontyFang says:

    And I happen to be a bass player, I got a really good kick out of this one.

  46. Zach Light says:

    Hehehe, he is a bass player.
    That reminds me of the Zora instrument from The Ledgend of Zelda: Majoras Mask.

  47. Mags says:

    What Zach Light said.
    This picture suddenly reminds me of the Zora instrument.
    Does that mean that Biff was reincarnated from Zoras? That’d explain his ability to breath underwater.

  48. Sporkinator says:

    Where will you be when the bass drops?

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