The Luau

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Strong Bad's "Party"

Marzipan and Strong Bad's parties just happen to fall on the same day, but Strong Bad's seems to fall apart...

Cast (in order of appearance): Marzipan, Homestar Runner, Strong Bad, Strong Mad, The Cheat, Strong Sad, Coach Z, Bubs, The Poopsmith, Pom Pom, Tofu Homestar, The King of Town

Places: Marzipan's Gazebo, Strong Bad's Backyard

Date: 2001

Running Time: 5:36

Page Title: The Luau



{The screen wavers over name tag cards that read "Hello my name is a new homestar runner cartoon" and all the staff, then cut to the luau, with a card reading:}

You're invited to
a Meatless Luau!

Ancient Hawaiian Poetry
read by Strong Sad
accompanied by
Marzipan on her Ukelele
(pronounced oo-koo-lay-lay)


{Eventually the card spins out, revealing a banner reading "Aloha!" Marzipan is walking to some cooking tofu. Homestar appears to be urinating behind the gazebo}

MARZIPAN: Oo-koo-lay-lay. Oo-koo-lay-lay. Mm! Lookin' pretty good. Homestar, come up here right now and watch the tofu, please.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Uhhh... Hang on. I'm um... doing... something.

MARZIPAN: Chop-chop! Everyone's gonna be here any minute.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Uh, Marzipan, I hate to tell you this, but... I don't think anyone's coming to your party. I think they're all going to Strong Bad's Marshmallow Roast!!

{The invitation to Strong Bad's Marshmallow Roast spins onto screen as the old CBS Special music plays. It reads:}

Your invited to a
Marshmallow Roast

when: same day as marzipan's stupid luau

where: my backyard

time: same time as marzipan's stupid luau

MARZIPAN: What?! He scheduled something on the same day as the luau?

{scene transition to Strong Bad, Strong Mad, and The Cheat.}

STRONG BAD: Oh man you guys, this party's gonna be crazy-go-nuts! Check it out! I've got the marshmallows {spreads his hand over said marshmallows}, I've got all the latest releases from the artists of today {cut to boombox playing Poot Slap}, and I've carefully filled out everybody's name tags. {close up of picnic table filled with name tags that all say "Hello, my name is Crap for Brains"} Oh, crap!! I forgot the wood! Come on guys, I know where we can hork some.

{Scene cuts to Marzipan's backyard}

MARZIPAN: Oo-koo-lay-lay. Oo-koo-l {Homestar interrupts with a sigh and comes over but Marzipan continues to sing} ay-lay.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: I've gotta stop drinkin' so much melonade. I think I have a serious problem.

MARZIPAN: You're gonna have a problem if you don't monitor this tofu. I have to tune my oo-koo-lay-lay.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Okay. {singing to himself} A doo doo, a doo doo doo, a doot doo doo doo. A bab-dib do doo doo—

{In the distance, Strong Bad, Strong Mad and The Cheat poke their heads onto the screen from the left, looking at the gazebo. The camera pans right to remove them from the shot, and Strong Sad is revealed standing on the other side of the fire.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh! Strong Sad! How long have you been standing there?

STRONG SAD: Oh, about 20 minutes.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Uh, okay. {takes a step away} That's weird.

{scene transition to Strong Bad's backyard. Poot Slap is playing in the background. Everybody is wearing their "Crap for Brains" name tag.}

STRONG BAD: {walking past the Poopsmith, Bubs and Coach Z) Ah, Crap for Brains, glad to see you could make it! Oh, Crap for Brains, you lookin' good! Now, let's get this freakin' party started! {Lights a match} We'll just get this fire started here. With a little match, and a little fire. {holds match up to firewood, but it doesn't light} And this should probably be working already. Um, and I don't know why this isn't working.

{Cut to Marzipan's gazebo where Strong Sad is holding a book that says "Polynesian Prose."}

STRONG SAD: Kallo koo-koo lay kua ka loo {cut to the tofu where Homestar is standing. Strong Sad's poetry can be heard in the background.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {His head keeps drooping down, then coming back up, resisting the urge to fall asleep.} Zzzzz... Huh! Soooo... Zzzzz... Huh! Boooooooooring.

{Cut to Strong Bad's roast, where eleven burnt matches are sitting on the ground. Strong Bad is kneeling down next to the stack of firewood with a lit match}

STRONG BAD: {frustrated} UUUUUGH! {grumbling} Stupid matches, freakin' light the fire!


BUBS: I'm with Strong Mad! I feel about as hungry as The King of Town on a Saturday!

STRONG BAD: I'm trying! I'm trying! Gtch! {taunting voice} Hello, my name is piece of wood and I don't want to catch fire. Hello, my name is little match, and I don't want to make a fire! {completely aggravated} HELLOOOO! MY NAME IS FIRE, AND I'M NOT COMING TO YOUR STUPID PARTY!!!!!

{Strong Bad knocks a log at the viewer. Homestar then walks onto the scene.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: I'm coming to your stupid party.

POM POM: {bubbles}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh man, Pom Pom! I love Marzipan and everything, but it was terrible!

POM POM: {bubbles}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: No, I don't think she'll notice I'm gone.

{cut to Marzipan's gazebo, where Marzipan is playing her ukelele and Strong Sad is reading poetry. Next to the tofu cooking is another piece of tofu, with Homestar's head drawn on it. It is on top of a piece of tofu which has Homestar's body drawn on it. They are being held up by two long sticks. The tofu cooking catches fire.}

{cut back to Strong Bad's roast. Strong Bad is trying yet again, and unsuccessfully, to make a fire.}

COACH Z: What kind of wood you usin' there, Strong Bad? 'Cause ya know, I know a guy who—

STRONG BAD: I don't know man, I stole this stuff from Marzipan's backyard.

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Uh-oh. You didn't get it from behind the gazebo, did you?

STRONG BAD: Yeah, why?

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Well, it all started when I decided to drink 32 glasses of melonade...

BUBS: Look! There's a fire over there!

{suddenly, smoke arises from somewhere, then everyone looks at each other and runs, except for Strong Bad.}

STRONG BAD: Aaah, come back, you guys, things were just about to start getting crazy-go-nuts!

{Everyone runs to the source of the fire - which happens to be Marzipan's still-flaming tofu. They roast their marshmallows over it.}

MARZIPAN: Look Strong Sad, everybody's here!

STRONG SAD: Oh, how glorious.

MARZIPAN: Hey everybody, how's the tofu? {Cut to Coach Z, Pom Pom, and Bubs chewing on marshmallows, then back to Marzipan} Everyone loves tofu!

{Musical sting, then transition to Strong Bad's place, where he has finally given up and is trying to roast a marshmallow over a lit match. Scattered bags of unopened marshmallows are sitting on the ground.}

STRONG BAD: Hey, you guys, come back! I think I got it all figured out now! Oh, man! What am I supposed to do with all these leftover marshmallows? I bought, like, four hundred pounds!

THE KING OF TOWN: {walking by, humming, then looks at Strong Bad.} Oh, excuse me, but did I hear you say... leftovers?

{close up of a nametag reading "the end for brains"}

{transition to Marzipan's backyard, where Marzipan is talking to the tofu model of Homestar. There is a flame on his "head".}

MARZIPAN: Thanks for helping me with my party today, Homestar. I think it was a really big success! {she nuzzles him} You've been really nice to me the last few minutes! {Tofu Homestar's "head" falls off. Blackout, record scratch} Put your head back on this instant!

{Cut to the Luau Main Page.}

Fun Facts


  • A luau is a type of feast prominent in Hawaiian culture. It consists primarily of traditional Polynesian song and dance and the eating of an ethnic dish called poi, as well as roasting pork and salmon over an open rotisserie. Since Marzipan is a vegetarian, however, she instead roasts a slab of tofu.
  • A ukulele (often spelled "ukelele" in Great Britain) is a small, 4-stringed, guitarlike instrument that originated in Hawaii in the 1880s. English-speakers usually pronounce it "yoo-koo-lay-lee," but Marzipan's pronunciation ("oo-koo-lay-lay") is more authentic.


  • Among the phrases of "Polynesian Prose" that Strong Sad recites are "Kahlua and Creme," an alcoholic drink; and "Meka Leka Hi Meka Heiny Ho," which were Jambi's magic words on the TV show Pee-wee's Playhouse.
  • This the first time Strong Bad uses the term 'crazy-go-nuts', something which will eventually evolve into Crazy Go Nuts University.
  • This is the first time Missy Palmer has been credited as a writer.


  • Strong Bad's invitation says "Your invited," misspelling "you're." This is ironic since Strong Bad has a penchant for scoffing at spelling and grammar mistakes when checking his email.
    • Strong Bad even sings a song about the differences of the two words in local news.
  • When you first see Strong Sad standing next to the fire, in the background, you see the lights across the fence somehow seem to just stop from where scene view would have ended.
  • Interestingly, Strong Bad's Ghetto Blastro displays moving bars even when it isn't playing.
  • The invitation to the Luau says that Strong Sad will be reading "Ancient Hawaiian Poetry", yet his book says "Polynesian Prose."
  • Strong Mad's logo on his chest is slightly different from the previous toon, A Jorb Well Done.
  • The sound effect played while Strong Bad's invitation is displayed is the same one used in old holiday toons.
  • This is another instance of foreign words being mispronounced.


  • When we see Strong Sad for the first time, the lights on the fence stop in midair.
  • When Coach Z turns his head, his "Crap for brains" name tag is reversed.
  • The wheels on the tape do not turn in Strong Bad's Ghetto Blastro.
  • After Strong Bad had "figured it all out", he puts his roasting stick down and the marshmallow disappears.

Inside References

  • The tune Marzipan is playing on the ukelele is the song "Thoughts on a Bird" from the game Audition With Marzipan.

Real-World References

  • The music heard when the invitation to Strong Bad's Marshmallow Roast is shown is a reference to the logo and music that CBS used to preface their specials. The actual opening, used from 1973 to the late 1980's, is viewable here (this requires RealPlayer to view). This was used earlier in A Holiday Greeting.
  • The sound of everybody running is a generic sound effect used in old Hanna-Barbera cartoons.

Fast Forward

  • If you use the right combo, homestar will turn into the tofu version of himself in Halloween Potoin-Ma-Jig

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