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The Castlefunnies

Strong Bad Email #112

Zack asks Strong Bad why the King of Town has a Poopsmith, and Strong Bad tells him about the Castlefunnies.

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Bad, West Is Lip, The King of Town, The Poopsmith (as Mushy Chamberpot), Homestar Runner, The Knight (easter egg), Strong Mad (easter egg)

Date: August 30, 2004



STRONG BAD: {singing} Let's get it over with! With the e-mail style, get it over with!

{pulls up e-mail and reads it}

 hey SB,
 why does the king of town have a

 your friend,
 west islip, NY

{Strong Bad pronounces SB as one word}

STRONG BAD: Whoa! West Islip. Sounds like some kind of British New Wave band. "And coming in this week at #4, it's those androgynous boys from Hertfordshire, West Is Lip {sound of a tape player switching on, music starts playing} with their hit single "She Partied Without Dancing."

WEST IS LIP: {singing} She partied without dancing. She partied with my heart.

{music stops, Strong Bad starts typing}

STRONG BAD: Anyways, Jack, the King of Town's just always had a Poopsmith. Even way back when they got their start as an old syndicated newspaper comic. You know, back when comics didn't seem to need jokes or humor or readers under the age of ninety-one.

{Cut to desk. Panel One of The Castlefunnies slides into the scene, featuring the KOT speaking to Mushy Chamberpot who is working at a pile of you-know-what.}

THE KING OF TOWN: {caption} I fell down and lost my crown.

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} It was called "The Castlefunnies," which I guess was a pathetic attempt by the authors into fooling you {Panel two slides on the screen, we see the KOT's hip is throbbing and Mushy digging into the pile} into thinking it was actually funny.

THE KING OF TOWN: {caption} D'ya have any hip rub in thar?

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} It mostly featured the King of Town {Panel three slides in. Mushy looks irritated and has the King's crown on his shovel along with some you-know-what} complaining about his ailing hip joints to the Poopsmith.

THE KING OF TOWN: {caption} That's no ointment!

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} Talking a lot about ointments... {Panel four slides on the screen, with the KOT addressing the reader} and salves.

THE KING OF TOWN: {caption} Cures what ails ya!!

{Second comic appears. The KOT is standing by himself}

THE KING OF TOWN: {caption, thought balloon} Yep, I'm old.

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} Back then, it was considered a form of treason to print the word "poop" in the paper, so instead they called the Poopsmith {Panel two slides onto the screen. The KOT is addressing Mushy} "Mushy Chamberpot," which is actually pretty funny sounding.

THE KING OF TOWN: {caption} I say, Mushy, do you have a pittance for me'self?

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} Anyways, Mushy could only talk in {Panel three slides on the screen. Mushy is speaking while the KOT laughs in the background} word clouds filled with commas, which I think had just been discovered and were apparently considered comic gold.

MUSHY CHAMBERPOT: {caption} ,,,,,,,,,,,


{Panel four slides on the screen. The sun appears to be setting, and the KOT is addressing Mushy, who is once again working at the pile.}

THE KING OF TOWN: {caption} Ahem. I need money to get that new fangled sur-jur-ee to fix my hips.

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} Oh yeah, I can see why THIS masterwork took two dudes to write it. One to NOT think of something funny, {Panel five slides on the screen. The KOT is addressing the reader again while a squirrel with a bag of money runs away in the background} and the other to think of something NOT funny.

THE KING OF TOWN: {caption} A quarter never asked is a quarter never given!

{Third comic appears. Panel one features the KOT scurrying along.}

THE KING OF TOWN: {caption} Today is 'Goodtime Day!'

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} So later on, as readership began to dwindle, {Panel two slides on the screen. The KOT is addressing Homestar and Strong Bad} they'd throw me and Homestar in there as guests and hope they'd be mooching off our popularity.

THE KING OF TOWN: {caption} Who be you?

{Panel three slides on the screen. Strong Bad and Homestar are talking}

STRONG BAD: {caption} How could you forget STRONG BAD???

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {caption} Wha 'bout me?

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} It worked for maybe a week or so, but then the strip was sadly canceled {Panel four slides on the screen. The KOT addresses Strong Bad and Homestar as Strong Bad punches Homestar in the face} when the last living reader

THE KING OF TOWN: {caption} You're the worst of friends.

{Panel five slides on the screen. The KOT, Strong Bad, and Homestar are dressed up in Civil War garb in front of a tombstone that reads "Let's call him Chester: 'He loved The Castlefunnies.'"}

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} a Civil War veteran and creamed corn enthusiast, died.

THE KING OF TOWN: {caption} Thank you to All Our Reader.

{Cut back to the Compy 386 and Strong Bad's typing}

STRONG BAD: They tried to creep back into the mainstream years later with the release of the "King Castlefunny Pencil Moistener?!" But, considering, the Dry Pencil Scare of '47 only lasted 3 days, they didn't sell too many.

{Strong Bad clears the screen of text.}

STRONG BAD: Well, Zack, there you have it. The King of Town still wasn't funny. What a surprise. I'm going to start the Who Put Pasta Salad in Strong Mad's Underdrawer Drawer Scare of '04. Or. And I'm out.

{Strong Bad gets up from this chair and leaves. The Paper comes down}

Easter Eggs

  • Click "west islip" at the beginning to see an audio cassette of the band, "West Is Lip".
  • Click the commas in Mushy's speech bubble to see a picture of the comma's discovery by Sir Loodabert Comma
  • Click on the word "moistener" in the sentence "King Castlefunny Pencil Moistener" to see a picture of what the product looks like.
  • In the last scene click on the sentence "Who Put Pasta Salad In Strong Mad's UnderDrawer Drawer Scare of '04" to see a little movie of Strong Mad eating pasta salad out of his underpants drawer.
{Cut to Strong Mad's room. We see Strong Mad eating pasta salad out of his underwear drawer.}
  • Click "still wasn't funny" in the end to see more comics.
THE KING OF TOWN: I think my hip got knocked outta joint on the polo grounds.
KNIGHT: I didn't know you played polo.
THE KING OF TOWN: Are you crazy? I'm too old to play polo.
KNIGHT: Then what were you doing there?
THE KING OF TOWN: Whudderya askin' me for??

Fun Facts

  • "The Castle Funnies" comic is co-authored by Lem Sportsinterviews and Levert Burtmore, both of whom are previously known authors and cartoonists.
  • Everybody in the comic has a nose, a feature that most cast members currently lack.
  • The art style is somewhat reminiscent of B.C. or The Wizard of Id.
  • Mushy Chamberpot only speaking in commas is a reference to Woodstock from the classic comic strip Peanuts, who could only speak using apostrophes.
  • Like the storybook in "flashback", it is debatable whether this comic is really part of H*R continuity or not.
  • There is debate as to whether or not Strong Bad actually answered Zack's question.
  • The spoon in Strong Mad's easter egg is the one Homestar uses as "Colonel" of the Homestarmy.
  • "New Wave" was an '80s musical genre, a strong precursor to modern day dance pop. A strong part of the style came out of England (with bands such as "Frankie Goes to Hollywood" and "Tears for Fears") and slightly androgynous appearances were a standard part of its visual style.
  • The table that the funnies are showed on is the same table that was in Strong Bad's 2 kids books, Everyone is Different (shown in kids' book), and That Time of Year (the Decemberween in July thing).
  • The KOT's line in the fifth panel of the second comic is a reference to "giving quarter", or showing mercy to a nearly vanquished enemy, who has "asked for quarter", or begged for mercy.
  • If you zoom in close up at the comic (in the SWF file), the color is a square shape image TBC filled the characters in with.

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