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Wonder Showzen: Cooperation

by Adam Finley, posted May 6th 2006 11:00AM

wonder showzen(S02E06) If there was any doubt in my mind about the brilliance that is Wonder Showzen, it was put to rest by last night's episode, which was by far the funniest and most insane episode so far this season. There are a lot of comedic elements that come easy for Wonder Showzen: the gross-out humor, the surreal twists, and the acid-induced logic, but what really makes the show for me are those moments when it outright defies the viewer to keep watching. Last season they did it with the episode "Patience" in which the whole last half of the episode was just the first half of the episode played backwards. In this episode, after a fight breaks out between the regular show and a bootleg knock-off of the program, they decide to split the television screen 60/40, so the audience can watch both shows at once. Eventually more and more shows begin to take over the television screen, which resulted in four minutes of sometimes as many as eight segments all being shown simultaneously at  equal volume.

There were so many great moments in this episode I can't recall all of them here, but here's what stuck out:

Chauncey lamenting the fact that Wonder Showzen, thanks to people downloading it out of existence, is now "broke as a two-cent nickel up a hobo's dumper" and later, while watching a bootleg version of Wonder Showzen called "Wondur Showzey" he insists everyone "make like an Australian and keep watching this abortion."

Later we're treated to a cartoon in which a pregnant woman is executed via electric chair and gives birth at the same time, prompting the warden to exclaim, "This is the first time they aborted the mother and kept the baby!" The executioner, who turns out to be a donkey in disguise for some reason, adds, "Always love a twist on the classics!"

David Cross also returns for this episode, but with more screen time. He recites a story to a group of children just before having his throat slit by a terrorist. Other highlights included Chauncey vomiting blood into Him's mouth, and a film about the plight of the mushroom cloud which uses the term "tragiluckily." Again, the best episode of the season, me thinks.

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Patience wasn't just the first half replayed. At the end of the rewind there was a fast-speed mini-episode to reward those patient enough to keep watching until the end. Thankfully due to TiVo I just fast-forwarded my way through slowing it down occasionally for the animated and other segments that were designed to work both forwards and backwards.

If you just didn't watch the second half, well, you proved them right.

July 03 2006 at 7:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm actually surprised you were really that confused over Lucy the Donkey appearing at the conclusion of another D.O.G.O.B.G.Y.N segment, the character appears at the end of every skit involving our favourate black child-born-of-white-parents puppy.

Lucy, you're perfect, a perfect JACKASS!

June 15 2006 at 1:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"you come to america you gotta learnta speak ENGLISH"

May 10 2006 at 4:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

dont forget the # "9" terrorist crashing into the "11" buildings! so fast, yet oh so funny.

May 08 2006 at 11:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Don't forget the "We are the World"-esque song about war... who were those adult singers?

And of course Clarence killing the bootleg version of himself.

May 07 2006 at 4:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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