621: Superlative

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Stay while I recount the crazy TF2 kill I managed yesterday, my friends.
Title text: Stay while I recount the crazy TF2 kill I managed yesterday, my friends.

[edit] Explanation

The comic parodies a famous advertisement campaign for the Dos Equis beer brand. In the campaign, Jonathan Goldsmith plays "The Most Interesting Man in the World", a suave elderly gentleman with a number of astonishing life experiences and skills. The campaign's format generally includes the narrator presenting hyperbolic descriptions of the man's accomplishments, followed by the man delivering his signature catchphrase, "I don't always drink beer, but when I do, I prefer Dos Equis.", which has been widely adopted as an internet meme.

Cueball plays the antithesis of the protagonist in the campaign: the least interesting man in the world. Unlike the stories in the advertisement, his affairs tend to bore the listeners. Being the generic everyman, he possesses no outstanding capabilities at all. While the original is said to "speak French... in Russian", Cueball seems to have forgotten his French altogether. He also has apparently nothing of interest to tell, either in real life or in his blog. Instead, he will talk away about his weird dreams and his success in video games. Moreover, he is unable to stand too much beer and therefore absolutely ill-qualified to advertise it.

The title text is a reference to the slogan of the campaign "Stay thirsty, my friends." It also references Team Fortress 2 (TF2), a multi-platform, multi-player First-person shooter game.

[edit] Transcript

He has dreams.
[Cueball is gesturing to Megan.]
Cueball: I was in this weird cross between work and my old house...
Which he'll tell you all about.
He can speak French.
Or could in high school, anyway.
A little.
Cueball: Man, I knew all these tenses and stuff once.
His blog has four posts, all apologies for not posting more.
[Cueball is sitting at a desk, typing.]
Cueball: Sorry, I've been trying to think of stuff to put here.
He is
The least interesting man in the world.
[Cueball is sitting at a table. Megan and Ponytail are paying no attention to him.]
Cueball: I don't always drink beer, but when I do, I stick to a glass or two. Any more and I feel sick.

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A clever comic, but makes it all too clear to me how much more like this guy I am, than Dos Equis man. Cut it out, Randall! 20:44, 3 February 2014 (UTC)

Am I the only one who never saw the Dos Equis commercials when they were on TV, and thought upon seeing The Most Interesting Man In The World in Internet meme-age, that it was actually George Zimmer, Founder & CEO of The Men's Wearhouse? Boct1584 (talk) 14:38, 26 June 2015 (UTC)
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