Bridge & Humor: Snoopy and Woodstock

Snoopy and Woodstock
Snoopy and Woodstock
Charles M. Schulz
Charles M. Schulz


Charles M. Schulz (1922 – 2000), creator of the world famous comic strip Peanuts, was an avid bridge player, and from time to time Snoopy is portrayed sitting on the roof of his dog house, playing bridge with his feathered friends. You can imagine Schultz’ delight when, in 1997, Snoopy and Woodstock were made Honorary Life Masters by the American Contract Bridge League, the only two players to have ever been so honoured.

Schultz celebrated the occasion with a comic strip showing Snoopy in flying gear, in his alter-ego as the great WW1 flying ace, playing bridge in his off duty time with Woodstock and two other friends all helmeted. ready for action. As declarer in 3NT, and in deep trouble, Snoopy stops the game.

«Sorry, men. We’ll finish that hand when I return.»

He flies off on the dog house, dodging a deadly barrage of anti-aircraft fire, back to base.

«Flying Ace Snoopy reporting, mon capitaine. ….. Yes sir. Everything went bad. Perhaps the capitaine could tell me where I went wrong.»

Snoopy makes the perilous flight back to the bridge game, where the troops are patiently waiting.

«He said I should have led a low heart to the queen.»

On such occasions Schultz’ non-bridge-playing fans were at a loss as to what was going on, but they never seemed to mind too much.