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No Redemption

In the fifteen years since it was released to little fanfare, became a beloved mainstay on cable TV, and entered the American consciousness, I've had a complex, changing relationship with "The Shawshank Redemption."

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Apr 20, 2010, 11:26 pm
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Love the concept (and love the movie), but ... the punchline doesn’t quite work for me. It has to do a bit too much explaining, I think, and doesn’t really zing.

What about something like: “I TOLD you, Warden, that putting “The Shawshank Redemption” in the prison video library was a BAD idea!”

[Please feel free to shake head sadly and think to self, “D*ckhead.”]

Apr 21, 2010, 5:39 am
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No sad head shaking; this is exactly the type of critical dialogue I LIKE and need more of!

I like your proposed caption, but it changes the focus of the joke. I didn’t want to depict a second prisoner who’s followed Andy’s lead and tunneled out of Shawshank himself. I wanted to show a prisoner who simply crawled through the already wide open hole in his cell. So, I guess the focus of the comic is the Warden’s stupidity for assigning a cell with a hole in it to a new inmate.

Any suggestions on how to keep that joke intact with a caption that zzzzzzzzzzzings?

Apr 21, 2010, 6:01 am
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Something like:

“I told you, Warden, we need to REPAIR that wall ‘stead of just puttin’ a new Raquel Welch poster over the hole.”

But then you need some sort of caption or graphic that shows this is Shawshank ...

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