Tyler Perry last year got angry when the Adult Swim animated series “The Boondocks” made fun of him, partly because he has a working relationship with sister station TBS.
The Atlanta media mogul gets a somewhat gentler skewering on last night’s “South Park,” the 14-year-old Comedy Central animated series.
[SPOILER ALERT if you still want to see the episode and not be surprised]
In the episode, Jimmy decides to host a Comedy Awards (much like Comedy Central itself) in which he gave out a Kathy Griffin award. “It will be given to the person who is most likely to show up to receive their Kathy Griffin award,” Jimmy explained. “Tyler Perry!”
Perry pops up, all excited. “I want to thank you all for this amazing award or as Madea might say, ‘Hallelujerrr.” A black student (known as Token Black) in the audience chuckles and then says, “Oh, God! How embarrassing!”
Later, Perry, dressed as Madea, hangs out at the school, partly because Token Black keeps paying him. At the Comedy Awards, Jimmy also awards Germans as the least funny in the world. Angry, the Germans show up at South Park Elementary and unveil a robot who makes jokes called FunnyBot. It becomes so popular, it usurps the jobs of all comedians, drawing the ire of the likes of Jay Leno and Adam Sandler.
At the end, FunnyBot thinks the funniest joke would be to kill off all human beings. As he’s about to blow up the world, Jimmy decides to ask the FunnyBot a paradox (a la “Star Trek”) finds illogical. “If I accept this, it means I take comedy seriously. If I take comedy seriously, I am not a comedian. Non sequitur!”
Then there’s the punchline at the end. At first, you think Funnybot is being buried and cemented into the ground. But no. It’s Perry! “I am pleased to announce the greatest threat to mankind is gone forever,” an animated Pres. Barack Obama solemnly declares (in an homage to the Osama bin Laden news). “Justice has been done.”
You can watch the episode here.
The “Boondocks” portrayal last year was a thinly veiled fictional rendition of Perry,who was played as a closeted, cross-dressing cult leader. The episode was never aired again after Perry complained.
Perry does not work directly with Viacom, which owns Comedy Central.
By Rodney Ho, firstname.lastname@example.org, AJCRadioTV blog