Let me give all the fake outrage enthusiasts a head start on their Change.org petitions, their Facebook protest groups and their calls to television execs concerning Comedy Central’s new animated series Brickleberry. Here are the things about which you’ll be outraged: the making fun of a child quadruple amputee, animal abuse, overt racism (against blacks, Mexicans, Colombians and Koreans), jokes about AIDS, jokes about abortions, jokes about alcoholism, making light of the Klu Klux Klan, the implied imminent rape of a bear cub, jokes about rednecks and making fun of war veterans. Allow me also to apologize in advance if you feel I’ve missed anything once you’ve watched (for research purposes only, of course) the series premiere on Sept. 25 at 10:30 pm.
I write all of this because of the months-long not-so-positive rape joke-themed buzz around Daniel Tosh, one of the show’s executive producers (and the voice of the aforementioned cub) and because of a report that was circulating in July about how Brickleberry producers were scrambling at the last minute to remove many mentions of rape in the premiere episode before its screening at Comic-Con. (Comedy Central declined to comment when we asked about that).
Because of this, the Tosh connection has been a blessing and a curse for the upcoming show. It seems, that although Tosh likely had very little to do with developing the series, his name is what pushed the show to series. You see, Fox had ordered a Brickleberry pilot in February of 2010, but Tosh wasn’t attached to the project. At that point the show’s creators Waco O’Guin and Roger Black (known for their super bizarre MTV2 sketch show Stankervision, which ran from 2005-2006) were pitching. Fox passed. But with the power Tosh now yields, Comedy Central will continue its tradition of successful animated series, including Futurama, Ugly Americans and, of course, South Park.
The premiere episode, “Welcome to Brickleberry” is a fast-paced, hilarious introduction to the lovable fuck-ups in charge of the titular national park. Tourism dollars are down and the gang of six needs to find a way to reverse the trend. Naturally, they constantly get in the way of themselves.
Steve (voiced by Dave Herman of Office Space and MadTV fame) is constantly named Ranger of the Month, despite his habit of accidentally maiming and killing living things. Head ranger Woody (Tom Kenny, SpongeBob Squarepants himself) is a war veteran with terrible ideas, Denzel (Jerry Minor) likes to bang old women and doesn’t know what an owl is, Connie (Roger Black) is a giant lesbian who spends the entire first episode creeping on Ethel (Kaitlin Olson from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), the new girl with an abortion-laden past. And then there’s Malloy, who kind-hearted Woody took in after an unfortunate incident involving the cub’s parents. Malloy likes snacks and is a total asshole.
By episode’s end, there hasn’t been much accomplished— but blood spills, fires erupt and punches fly. That’s enough for me to tune into at least the second episode of the 10-week season.
You can check out more about the show at the official Brickleberry site.