The Secrets of
"Funnybot"

by Wild Willie Westwood, with sources from all over the Web


References

Star Trek TOS: "The Changeling" - most of the story after Funnybot starts saying "I am Funnybot" ("I am Nomad") and leading to it being hauled off with antigravs - but he was rehabilitated instead of being beamed into space in order to explode.
Dr. Who - Funnybot has the body of a Dalek and uses the word "Exterminate!" (Nomad used the word "Sterilize!")
Star Wars - Funnybot accessing the mainframe like R2-D2 does.

The Comedy Award here is literally a chicken crossing a road ("Why did the chicken cross the road?")

The Hollywood Stars gunning after the students:
Adam Sandler, Conan O'Brien, Dane Cook, David Spade, Ellen deGeneres, Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel, Kevin James, Louie CK, Martin Lawrence, Rob Schnieder, Russel Brand, Zach Galifinakis

Where was Osama bin Laden? Well... When Funnybot is typing up his material, a sketch of Osama bin Laden can be seen on the cork board behind the boys. Later on, Barack Obama says a line that he actually did say some days earlier (May 1, 2011 speech - "On nights like this one, we can say to those families who lost loved ones to al Qaeda's terror: justice has been done").

Damien makes a cameo appearance in the gym among the other kids. He finds the Comedy Awards so boring he falls asleep before anyone else does. He also appears among the kids later on, when the Germans have them hostage.

Wendy is the best dressed student in the audience at the first annual Comedy Awards. Her hair is shiny, she's wearing earrings and makeup, and she's not wearing her usual beret.

There was once a fan, Fruitbowl, who wrote up possible names for kids we see on the show but never heard from. One of these he called "Tripply" for the three bangs he has on his head. That kid spoke for the first time ever this episode, and his line? "It's the Germans!" A boy like him, but without the scarf, appeared back in Season 3's "Jewbilee" as a Jew Scout inductee.

Funny how PM Angela Merkel has the most masculine voice among the Germans. :D Matt Stone provides her voice.

Looks like Mad Libs is going to stick around: Funnybot sometimes sounds as if words have been plugged into its jokes, as those words are pronounced at a lower pitch.

Family Funbot - Funnybot playing all the roles in the movie is something Eddie Murphy did in a few of his films when he was younger.

Mercury Theater, Hollywood Forum, they can't keep their locations straight.

Charlie Sheen reference: A sign next to Funnybot's dressing room says "One And a Half Men." Posters for "Letterman's Show" (The Late Show with David Letterman) and "Hawaii 911" (the new Hawaii 50) are nearby.

If you look to the right of President Obama (left side of the screen) when he's addressing the world at the White House, you'll notice a Hall of Mirrors effect - the wall on that side doesn't touch the ground, but disappears behind it.

You can see Funnybot among the crown when the steel ball is about to be dropped into a large hole and buried, and that's before he's revealed a half minute later.

Some notes on the German, provided by a few of my readers:

"Niemand fucking Schritt!" - "Nobody fucking move!" but the real translations for this would actually be 'Niemand bewegt sich verfickt noch mal!' or 'Keinen verfickten Schritt!' but that's not what he said.

"Die egal und dei Comedy Awarding thing" - should be "Uns ist diese Comedy Award Sache egal." (This Comedy Award thing is all the same to us, or We don't care about this Comedy Award thing.)

The German verb "sterben" (to die) has an English cognate - "starve."