To me, this rocker guy is inherently comical. Especially the spandex. The obvious joke would have been to give him some lyrics and let him belt them out, but all I could see him doing was the crowd warmup, and this …odd strip sprung up.
The unseen, unexplained narrator character is kind of a departure for me. I prefer to explain everything, almost to a fault. I don’t tend to do the kind of ambiguous humor you’d find in A Softer World, for instance. Too many people compare that strip to PartiallyClips based on our form, but from a writing standpoint we’re very dissimilar. I do enjoy A Softer World, but I know I have never read one and thought, “damn, I wish I had written that as a PartiallyClips.”