Wednesday Hump Day Cartoons: Sometimes you shouldn’t even bother getting out of bed in the morning. 

“The Fool”

(Notice in the antique card above the pussy is grabbing back.)

So…have you seen the latest tweet from the Head Twit in Charge?


This is really not why it is sometimes best to stay in bed…yesterday Robert Osborne, the host of TCM passed away in his sleep.



Robert Osborne, host of Turner Classic Movies, has died –

Robert Osborne, the film aficionado who shared his knowledge and passion for movies with millions of viewers as the longtime host of Turner Classic Movies, has died. He was 84.


Osborne has been on TCM since it made its on-air debut in April 1994.
A cause of death has not been announced.
Osborne, a Washington native, moved to Hollywood to pursue a career in acting and was once mentored by Lucille Ball, according to an official bio on his website.

Robert Osborne, Host Of Turner Classic Movies, Dies At 84 : The Two-Way : NPR

NPR film critic Bob Mondello also highlighted Osborne’s “encyclopedic” knowledge of film history.

Osborne “grew up before the Internet made film research easy — before there was even a book keeping track of Oscar winners,” Bob told our Newscast unit. “So he spent hours at his college library scribbling notes that eventually helped him write film reference books, fill a column for The Hollywood Reporter, and host decades of Turner Classic Movies.”

According to his biography, Osborne was born in a small town in Washington state and studied journalism before he headed to Hollywood, where Lucille Ball encouraged his writing career.

He had a brief acting career — his biography mentions the pilot of The Beverly Hillbillies, and Bob Mondello notes uncredited bit parts in Psycho and Spartacus — but it was his work as a host and historian that earned him a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

He wrote the “Rambling Reporter” column in The Hollywood Reporter for more than 25 years, and wrote a series of official histories of the Academy Awards.

Osborne was the first host of Turner Classic Movies, when the network launched in 1994. He has been the face and voice of the network ever since, although he was eventually joined by two other hosts and had cut back on his duties in the last few years.

About a year ago, in an interview with Mo Rocca on CBS Sunday Morning, Osborne said he’d been training his whole life to host TCM — without imagining it would be an option. “I was preparing for my ideal job that didn’t exist,” he said.

He also told Rocca why he believed movies matter.

“I think we have to have dreams,” he said in the CBS interview. “We need a little Carmen Miranda with all her tutti frutti hats. And we need some Fred and Ginger dancing. We need Gene Kelly hanging off that lamppost. We need to be taken into a fantasy world, and not be afraid to go there occasionally.”

Robert Osborne dies at 84; genial student of films hosted Turner Classic Movies – LA Times

Robert Osborne, who displayed an encyclopedic knowledge — and love — of film history as the primary host of Turner Classic Movies, died Monday morning at age 84, said his partner of 20 years, theater director and producer David Staller.

Osborne died of natural causes in his sleep at home in New York City, Staller said.

“It’s difficult to imagine a planet without him,” Staller said. “He made the choice to call it a day, and he wants everyone to know that he’ll see them at the after party.”

More stories of Robert here:

Robert Osborne Dead: Turner Classic Movies Host Was 84 | Hollywood Reporter

Robert Osborne: a classic gentleman – latimes

TCM Host Robert Osborne Dead at 84; Survived by Same-Sex Partner |

Robert Osborne, Turner Classic Movies Host And Oscars Expert, Dies At 84 | The Huffington Post

Robert Osborne, Turner Classic Movies host, is dead at 84.– Via Slate

Robert Osborne Is Dead, and Classic Movie Fans Are Bereft – Via Jezebel

TCM announces plans to honor longtime host Robert Osborne – LA Times

Turner Classic Movies on Tuesday announced plans to honor longtime host Robert Osborne with a 48-hour tribute featuring a selection of long-form interviews from his 23-year tenure with the channel.


The tribute on March 18-19 will include interviews from Osborne’s interview series “Private Screenings,” including conversations with Liza Minnelli, Peter O’Toole, Debbie Reynolds and Ernest Borgnine. The network will also feature the 2013 installment of “Private Screenings” featuring Alec Baldwin interviewing Osborne.

“Robert was embraced by devoted fans who saw him as a trusted expert and friend. His calming presence, gentlemanly style, encyclopedic knowledge of film history, fervent support for film preservation and highly personal interviewing style all combined to make him a truly world-class host,” TCM general manager Jennifer Dorian said in a statement released Monday.

Here’s the full “TCM Remembers Robert Osborne” schedule (all times Eastern):

March 18
6 a.m. – “Private Screenings: Robert Osborne”
7:30 a.m. – “Private Screenings: Norman Jewison”
9 a.m. – “Robert Osborne’s 20th Anniversary Tribute”
10:15 a.m. – “Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival: Alan Arkin”
11:30 a.m. – “Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival: Luise Rainer”
12:15 p.m. –  “Private Screenings: Liza Minnelli”
1:30 p.m. –  “Private Screenings: Robert Osborne”
3 p.m. –  “Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival: Eva Marie Saint”
4:15 p.m. –  “Robert Osborne’s 20th Anniversary Tribute”
5:30 p.m. –  “Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival: Peter O’Toole”
6:45 p.m. –  “Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival: Kim Novak”
8 p.m. –  Robert Osborne introduces “Gone with the Wind” in his first-ever on-air appearance as a TCM host
8:05 p.m. – “Private Screenings: Robert Osborne”
9:30 p.m. –  “Private Screenings: Debbie Reynolds”
10:30 p.m. –  “Private Screenings: Betty Hutton”
11:45 p.m. –  “Private Screenings: Liza Minnelli”
12:45 a.m. – “Private Screenings: Robert Osborne”
2:15 a.m. – “Private Screenings: Norman Jewison”
3:30 a.m. – “Private Screenings: Ernest Borgnine:
4:45 a.m. – “Robert Osborne’s 20th Anniversary Tribute”

March 19
6 a.m. – “Private Screenings: Liza Minnnelli”
7 a.m. – “Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival: Eva Marie Saint”
8:15 a.m. – “Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival: Kim Novak”
9:15 a.m. – “Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival: Peter O’Toole”
10:30 a.m. – “Private Screenings: Robert Osborne”
Noon –  “Robert Osborne’s 20th Anniversary Tribute”
1 p.m. –  “Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival: Alan Arkin”
2:15 p.m. –  “Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival: Luise Rainer”
3 p.m. –  “Private Screenings: Ernest Borgnine”
4:15 p.m. –  “Private Screenings: Norman Jewison”
5:30 p.m. –  “Private Screenings: Robert Osborne”
7 p.m. –  “Private Screenings: Liza Minnelli”
8 p.m. –  “Robert Osborne’s 20th Anniversary Tribute”
9 p.m. –  “Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival: Eva Marie Saint”
10:15 p.m. –  “Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival: Luise Rainer”
11 p.m. –  “Robert Osborne’s 20th Anniversary Tribute”
Midnight – “Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival: Peter O’Toole”
1:15 a.m. – “Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival: Kim Novak”
2:30 a.m. – “Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival: Alan Arkin”
3:45 a.m. – “Private Screenings: Robert Osborne”
5:15 a.m. – “Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival: Luise Rainer”


It is too sad to think of TCM without Robert…Things have been so depressing lately. I don’t know how much I can take…



Now for some comedy:






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17 Comments on “Wednesday Hump Day Cartoons: Sometimes you shouldn’t even bother getting out of bed in the morning. ”

  1. Minkoff Minx says:

    I hope all is well…

    • Enheduanna says:

      JJ thank you for the cartoons!

      I share your grief over the loss of Robert Osborne. I was a huge fan. Keeping the tissue handy for the articles. I feel very fortunate to have been watching TCM from the beginning. I must have received a film school’s worth of knowledge from him.

  2. ANonOMouse says:

    Great Cartoons today JJ. Like you I loved Robert Osborne. I almost feel as if I’ve lost friend, although I’d noticed he’s was not on TCM as frequently as he once was. But at 84 I wasn’t surprised.

    He had a good life and a long life, all any of us can hope for.

  3. quixote says:

    I loved that line about how he’ll see us all at the after party 😀

    And thanks for the great, laugh-out-loud cartoons. I’m glad you got far enough out of bed to give us those!

  4. NW Luna says:

    Good cartoons, as usual, JJ. Thx — we can use the laughter!

  5. NW Luna says:

    The luxury of telling poor people that iPhones are a luxury

    A GOP lawmaker is selling his party’s vision for the U.S. health care system by presenting Americans with a decision: Your iPhone or your health. ….

    if you run the numbers as my colleague Christopher Ingraham did, you quickly find it’s an apples-to-oranges comparison. Even the most expensive iPhone is a tiny fraction of what most people pay for health care every year. …

    Even if you believe scaling back on iPhones and other expenses such as movies or dinners out could make health care more affordable, Chaffetz’s choice to highlight iPhones as an extravagance speaks to a certain relationship to technology that research tells us is dramatically at odds with the economic realities of millions of other Americans. …“Surveys show that lower-income and minority people increasingly rely on smartphones for Internet access, since they can’t afford both home and mobile broadband subscriptions.”

  6. NW Luna says:

    What a

    • bostonboomer says:

      Wow! The revelations are coming thick and fast now. I hope everyone has been watching Rachel Maddow for Russia news. Last night she devoted an hour to connecting the dots in the “Russian connection.”

  7. bostonboomer says:

    Wonderful post! Thank you for all the background on Robert Osborne. I wish I could get TCM, but even so, I’ve seen him enough to know what a terrific interviewer he was. Here’s another piece on him from Vanity Fair.

    From the morning email:


    The world of classic film and TV viewers alike lost an important voice on Monday, when longtime Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne died. In remembering him, Vanity Fair’s own Julie Miller dug up this tribute from Osborne’s friend, actress Eva Marie Saint: “Try to say Robert Osborne without smiling. I love Robert. I love my husband, and then I love Robert Osborne. He is the best interviewer I have ever had. Of all my leading men (Cary Grant, Paul Newman), Robert is my favorite.” Tributes to Osborne poured in from film fans, actors, and journalists who drew inspiration from his decades genially writing and talking about the old movies he loved. “Been on set reporting all day + just heard about Robert Osborne,” our Rebecca Keegan tweeted. (She’s not very good at vacation, but we won’t hold that against her.) “His warmth, class and preparation inspired me as a film fan + a journalist.”

  8. RonStill4Hills says:

    Yesterday someone referred to Il Douchebag as “King Don”. I found that very apt because anyone familiar with Hostess snack cakes knows that “King Dons” are just “Ding Dongs” by another name.

    • bostonboomer says:

      I’m just glad she is asking tough questions of Tillerson. She has been kicked out twice now. I don’t forgive her for other stuff, but happy she’s doing this now.