But it wasn't until at the end of the arc that Bartolomeo's hilarity became great. That was when we first saw his crew, which is called the Barto Club. And they are perfect.
The entire crew consists of Luffy fanboys. I'm not kidding. And the absolute best part? Their ship.
You're so right, Usopp.
That ship is perfect. Everything about the Barto Club is perfect.
This raises several questions. Where did Bartolomeo find all these guys? How did he convince a bunch of Luffy fanboys join him? (Though I suppose they could've bonded over their shared love of Luffy's adventures.) While Bartolomeo himself becoming a fan is now known, what made, say, Gambia decide that Luffy is awesome?
Still, they turned out to be even funnier afterwards, when we found out that they are so incompetent as pirates that they don't even have a navigator. They survived through the first half of Grand Line by calling their grandma every time there was trouble... and her advice is apparently mostly useless.
These guys are basically the comic relief of One Piece. And they are perfect. I so want to see more of them.