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"Funnybot"
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Episode no. Season 15
Episode 2
Production no. 1502
Original airdate May 4, 2011
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This article is about the episode. For the eponymous character, see Funnybot.

"Funnybot" is the second episode of Season Fifteen, and the 211th overall episode of South Park. It originally aired on May 4, 2011.[1]

Synopsis

During South Park Elementary's first annual "Comedy Awards", Jimmy says that Germans are the least funny people in the world. The Germans are highly insulted. They vow that retaliation toward the kids at the school will be swift and brutal.

Plot

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Plot details follow.

The South Park Special Ed department hosts its first annual comedy awards show. Among the awards given are the award for Most Unfunny People, which goes to the Germans, and the Kathy Griffin Award, given to the celebrity most likely to show up and receive it; Tyler Perry is announced as the winner and immediately walks in to claim it. The only person to laugh at Perry is Token, who appears upset with himself after realizing that no one else in the audience found Perry funny. When the news reaches the Germans, they are irate. The next day, they attack South Park Elementary and take the students hostage. To show the students that Germans are funny, the Germans unveil a robot called Funnybot.

Funnybot takes the comedy world by storm, becoming ubiquitous in all kinds of media. This distresses a number of human comedians, such as Jay Leno and Adam Sandler, who fear for their livelihoods. The comedians decide to storm South Park Elementary, demanding that the students stop Funnybot. The boys, with the addition of Jimmy, take up the task, but it is complicated by Funnybot's increasingly sinister behavior. During a stand-up performance, Funnybot suddenly deploys two rotary cannons from his body and kills nearly all of the 1,100 people in the audience, before shouting his "Awkward!" catchphrase.

The boys manage to gain access to Funnybot, only to discover that he plans to destroy the world as the ultimate joke. Funnybot connects to the defense mainframes of both Russia and the United States, arming the nuclear missiles of both countries. The boys are unable to disconnect Funnybot due to a defensive field surrounding him. However, Kyle remembers that robots can be confused by a logical paradox. Jimmy gives Funnybot a comedy award and asks him how there can be a comedy awards show, because if one accepts an award for being funny, it means they are taking themselves and comedy seriously, which is not funny. This paradox confounds Funnybot, forcing him to disable his defenses so the boys can disconnect him.

Afterwards, the Germans, the boys, the comedians and President Barack Obama overlook a massive hole. The boys push a wooden crate onto a platform where it is encased inside three massive metallic shells; the assembly is lowered into the hole, which is then filled with concrete. Funnybot appears among the crowd, stating that he now knows that comedy is meant to be performed by humans. A noise is heard from the concrete-filled hole, and it is revealed that Perry has been entombed. Jimmy promises never to do another comedy awards show again, but Cartman says that one may still occur anyway as sinister music plays.

Critical Reception

AV Club gave "Funnybot" a "C+" rating saying: "At its root, “Funnybot” was a satire about the artificiality and disposability of so much modern comedy: Armed with his programmed catchphrase (“AWKWARD!”), Funnybot quickly becomes the biggest draw in America, despite the fact that his scatological riffing is essentially a random matrix of 4chan-ready insults (“I wouldn’t let Adam Sandler suck my saggy tits for $1 million worth of Oprah’s tampons”) when it isn’t freeform Dadaist poetry (“Don’t you hate how Mexicans always complain about turtles in their vaginas?”). Based on this, there are probably some who will likely draw comparisons between Funnybot and Charlie Sheen—and certainly the scene where Funnybot decides it would be funny to mow down his entire audience with machine guns, with the audience only seeming to love him more for the abuse, is reminiscent of Sheen’s occasionally disastrous yet bafflingly successful live schadenfreude tour and also that time he shot Kelly Preston. And of course, when it comes time for the boys to put a stop to Funnybot’s growing comedy empire—which has put every comic from Louis C.K. to Dane Cook to Zach Galifianakis to Russell Brand out of business, apparently even taking 7 Up commercials away from poor David Spade—they go and visit Funnybot at his office in CBS, which is right next door to a One And A Half Men poster, wink wink."[2]


IGN gave "Funnybot" a "6.5" rating saying: "The focus of this week's story is comedy, or to be more specific: a comedy awards show, no doubt inspired by the one Comedy Central just had. It's ironic because the comedy awards are the most unfunny thing I've seen on South Park in a while - yes, even taking into account that Jimmy was meant to be bombing as a host. The first ten minutes of the episode are pretty bad by South Park standards, but there are a few spots that made me smile a little. Tyler Perry showing up to accept the Kathy Griffin award was amusing at least, and so was Token's inability to stop laughing at his jokes (and President Obama too, apparently). I was also mildly amused by Cartman's apparent ability to speak fluent German, though I'd probably have liked it more with subtitles."[3] 

References

  1502: "Funnybot" edit
Story Elements

XJ-212 Funnybot • Sandy Cervix • President Wulff • Angela MerkelTyler Perry1st Annual Comedy AwardsThe Hollywood Minute

Media

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Release

South Park: The Complete Fifteenth Season

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