South Park Season 15-02 ‘Funnybot’ Recap

Some times Matt and Trey produce duds, it doesn’t happen often, but every once in a while we get an episode that’s just not funny. On this week’s episode Jimmy hosts the First Annual Comedy Awards, presented by the Special Ed department. During the ceremony, he announces that the Germans are the least funny people in the world. This doesn’t still too well with them and so they retaliate by creating a robot named Funnybot, which almost starts the next world war.

The two main gags were Funnybot and Tyler Perry, who appears for no apparent reason. The problem here is that both of these gags fell short, resulting in essentially no laughs, at least not from me. I don’t even think I cracked a smile. At that’s rare for me when watching South Park.

Funnybot just wasn’t funny. The concept wasn’t clever or witty and the robot himself didn’t offer up any good jokes. Spitting out one liners like “why doesn’t a chicken wear pants? Because its pecker is on its head” and “what do you see when the Pillsbury Doughboy bends over? Doughnuts,” almost all the robot’s lines resulted in dullness rather than comedy. I get that there is supposed to be a certain level of parody and mocking but still, it was just more boring to watch than it was humourous.

As for Tyler Perry, well the guy just isn’t funny in the first place, plus how many people actually watch his films? Let’s be serious. The episode has only Obama (yes, President Obama) and Token finding Perry funny as the rest of the characters see him for what he is, obnoxious and stupid. Other known personalities that made appearances included Adam Sandler, Jay Leno and a few other familiar faces who fared a bit better than Perry but still were not terribly entertaining.

Like I said before, a dull episode. No laughs, poor attempts at jokes and not one to remember. Last week’s Human CentiPad was a lot better. Let’s hope for a stronger effort next week. And on the bright side, at least I have The Office tomorrow.