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Tune in Tonight: A Salute to Barney Rubble, Master of Disguise (Part 1)

Tune in Tonight: A Salute to Barney Rubble, Master of Disguise (Part 1)

When you think “master of disguise,” you might think of Sherlock Holmes, or Ethan Hunt in the Mission: Impossible movies. You may even think of Dana Carvey as Pistachio Disguisey, the hero of The Master of Disguise, which someone on the internet right now is swearing is an underrated comedy gem.

But what of Barney Rubble, who’s dedicated more than forty years of his life to creating elaborate disguises for the sole purpose of relieving his best friend of his ample supply of breakfast cereal? Barney could have put his skill for costume design into show business, or more nefarious endeavors, such as robbing the First National Bank of Bedrock, but no, it’s Pebbles he wants, Cocoa or Fruity, it matters to him not. He could just ask Fred “Hey, man, think I can have some of that cereal?”, but that would be too easy. For Barney, the pursuit of cereal has become a quest, a challenge, the sport of kings. The Pebbles would taste less fruity if they were simply given to him; stealing by way of deception is what gives them their zest.

With that, let us now remember some of the most notable of Barney’s disguises, as we ponder how it was possible that he had plenty of money to spend on wigs and props, but not enough to buy his own goddamn cereal.

Traveling salesman

Traveling salesman

Frog

Frog

Mr. Spock

Mr. Spock

Indiana Jones

Indiana Jones

Bearded man

Bearded man

Starving mother with child

Starving mother with child

Sumo wrestler (kind of racist)

Sumo wrestler (kind of racist)

Punk rocker

Punk rocker

The Beast from “Beauty and the Beast”

The Beast from “Beauty and the Beast”

Crocodile Dundee

Crocodile Dundee

Thor, the God of High Fructose Corn Syrup

Thor, the God of High Fructose Corn Syrup

Spaceman

Spaceman

Mermaid that makes Fred question his sexuality

Mermaid that makes Fred question his sexuality

Future Man (maybe     Jean Beauvoir     of the Plasmatics?)

Future Man (maybe Jean Beauvoir of the Plasmatics?)

Chinese man on unicycle (both elaborate and racist)

Chinese man on unicycle (both elaborate and racist)

Stay tuned for the exciting SECOND HALF of this long overdue homage, in which we focus on Barney’s even more creative (and highly questionable) disguises.

Tune in Tonight: A Salute to Barney Rubble, Master of Disguise (Part 2)

Tune in Tonight: A Salute to Barney Rubble, Master of Disguise (Part 2)

Kill by Kill Ep. 63: When Subtext is Just Text

Kill by Kill Ep. 63: When Subtext is Just Text