Red, White, and You: Waldo With a Vengeance


Sketch comedy creator Joulethief took a variation on Martin Handford’s near invisible character Waldo. Waldo is the personification of the phrase “hidden in plain sight.” Even when we aren’t staring at the illustrations in Handford’s books, we are constantly looking for the glasséd man in the striped sweater and cap. We see Waldo at the bus station, in the office, scuba diving, on the moon, and sometimes in our homes.

What if all this time, Waldo was looking for you?

In Joulethief’s reality, Waldo is (of course) an agent for the government who is called back to action after years of chopping trees in the woods (see: Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter). In his last mission, all bets are off when Waldo decides to betray his employers and sets off to destroy the institution that made him a legendary man who stands in crowds.

In a moment of utmost sensitivity, Waldo says, “All of these years, people have been trying to find me—the truth is, I don’t think I’ve ever found myself.” He then executes a couple people with his cane that is also a gun.

Take heed, lest Waldo finds you.


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