… or RotisserFoosball, depending on how you look at it. In the April 23rd New Yorker, this clever visual and conceptual hybrid of foosball and rotisserie chicken: a game played maniacally by chefs in their kitchen:

(#1) Cartoon by John O’Brien, who often ventures into this hybrid territory

Earlier on this blog, a 6/4/16 posting on the cartoonist Jeff Hobbs, with this FoosKebab cartoon as #4 there:

(#2) Kebabs on a grill, with the skewers treated like the bars in foosball (aka table football)

(#3) A foosball table

In #1, rather than kebabs on skewers, we have chickens on spits in a rotisserie. From NOAD:

noun rotisserie: 1 a cooking appliance with a rotating spit for roasting and barbecuing meat. 2 a restaurant specializing in roasted or barbecued meat.

(#4) Costco rotisserie

Rotisserie chicken is a chicken dish that is cooked on a rotisserie, using direct heat in which the chicken is placed next to the heat source. Electric- or gas-powered heating elements may be used, [supplying] adjustable infrared heat. … Leftover rotisserie chicken may be used in a variety of dishes, such as soup, chicken salad and sandwiches.

… In 2014, Costco sold approximately 76 million rotisserie chickens in the United States. (Wikipedia link)

About the artist John O’Brien, from his website:


John O’Brien was born in Philadelphia, PA in 1953 and graduated from The Philadelphia College of Art in 1975.

In the course of his career, he has worked with many notable publishers, illustrating 83 children’s books, 8 of which he also wrote.  He has done illustrations for publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Washington Times, Global Finance and Worth, and contributed to many other collections, anthologies and textbooks.  He has also had a long relationship with Highlights for Kids Magazine for which he has contributed numerous covers and interior illustrations.

John has also had a long career as a cartoonist for many magazines, most notably The New Yorker, for which he created 17 covers and over 200 interior pieces.  His cartoons have also been featured in the New York Times, Esquire, Fast Company and Omni, among others.

John resides in Delran, New Jersey in the spring and fall.  In the summer he moves to North Wildwood, NJ, where he has been a lifeguard on the North Wildwood Beach Patrol since 1970 and is currently Senior Lifeguard. John spends the winter months in Miami, Florida.

He plays music both professionally and for entertainment, primarily Dixieland and Celtic.  He most enjoys banjo and concertina but also plays piano, bass and guitar.

Two of his “hybrid” covers for the New Yorker:

(#6) 7/16/90: a Venetian gondola and an ice cream sundae

(#7) 2/4/91: a ski slope and a pinball machine

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