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Despite the substantial number of budding actors in Free Country, USA, many of the main characters appear to have poor acting abilities. In many commercials and stage-productions, the actors talk awkwardly and with little enthusiasm, and may occasionally laugh unconvincingly. On some occasions, even The Brothers Chaps themselves will indulge in some deliberately poor acting.

[edit] Appearances

  • Fluffy Puff Commercial — While filming the Fluffy Puff Marshmallows commercial, Homestar Runner mispronounces and later forgets his lines.
  • First Time Here — Homestar once again forgets his lines and goes through 126 takes before Strong Bad bursts in to mock Homestar for being unable to remember his lines.
  • A Decemberween Pageant — Most of the characters speak flatly throughout the pageant.
    • Homestar is unaware that he is on stage when he talks to Marzipan at the beginning.
    • Bubs mishears one of Strong Bad's lines and later mispronounces the word "gold".
    • Strong Bad is later "attacked" by a squid and reacts unenthusiastically.
    • In one scene, Strong Bad, Bubs, and Marzipan attempt to ad lib while Strong Sad prepares for his line, but do so with much difficulty.
  • Email suntan — Strong Sad reads his Ab-Abber 2000 testimonial with a slow, stilted tone, like he's reading off a teleprompter. He then talks to Strong Bad off camera while it's still recording.
  • Email stunt double — All of the characters seem to speak quite slowly during the clips.
  • Cheat Commandos — When Strong Bad provides the voices of each Cheat Commando toy, he speaks haltingly and unenthusiastically.
  • Email dangeresque 3 — Most of the dialogue in this movie can be considered to be clichéd.
    • Coach Z misses his cue, speaks awkwardly on the phone and manages to muddle his line before turning to the camera and asking "How was that?"
    • Strong Bad and Homestar seem to forget their lines during the racquetball scene, requiring them to ad lib, and laugh unconvincingly near the end of the movie.
  • Marzipan's Answering Machine Version 9.2 — Homestar does poor imitations of Marzipan, Strong Bad, Coach Z, Strong Sad, and himself after he accidentally leaves a bad message on Marzipan's answering machine.
  • Sample of StyleThe Brothers Chaps talk in cheesy voices throughout the skit.
  • Blubb-O's Commercial — Strong Bad and Homestar Runner act unenthusiastically during this advert.
  • SBCG4AP Gameplay Trailer — For the entire duration of this trailer, Strong Bad and Homestar speak unconvincingly and with little enthusiasm.
    • At one point, Strong Bad calls Homestar "Hom...star" and, towards the end, quickly tells The Cheat to "Shut up."
  • SBCG4AP Tutorial — Bubs forgets his part at first. When reminded, he speaks very flatly and unemotionally when he's supposed to be sad.
    • Strong Bad and Strong Sad also say their lines rather impassively.
    • All three characters break out of their parts and speak to each other normally throughout the tutorial.
  • Email being meanCoach Z's Nicetown Players, consisting of Coach Z, Marzipan, and Strong Mad, act poorly during their sketch about being nice; many of their lines are non sequiturs.
    • Strong Mad misses his cue and later breaks character to tease Coach Z.
  • Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective — The clichés and unconvincing deliveries prevalent in the first two Dangeresque movies are still common.
    • Strong Bad accidentally starts to answer the door before Marzipan knocks.
    • Marzipan breaks character to criticize Strong Bad's explanation of the formula's origin and later again to remind him that she did not want to get her hair cut for the role.
    • Strong Bad has to call Marzipan by her real name instead of her character's name in order for her to notice his distraction.
    • Bubs continues to constantly mispronounce Dangeresque.
    • Bubs also mispronounces Perducci as "Per-dookie".
    • Homestar as Uzi Bazooka breaks character during the threat video to ask if he should be evil and to order a melonade.
    • Coach Z breaks character to say that the resolution to the kidnapping case was dumb.
    • Strong Bad never actually tells Senor Cardgage that he is in a movie or gives him a script, and then pretends that what Senor Cardgage is saying is coherent to the movie.
    • Strong Bad tells the King of Town to be more emotional when crying over losing the architectural plans to Dangeresque.
    • Strong Bad breaks out in laughter when he is supposed to threaten a cross-dressing Poopsmith.
    • Senor Cardgage walks away when he is supposed to be dead.
    • Marzipan is seen walking away after "jumping out of a helicopter."
    • Homestar has trouble trying to determine where to put emphasis in the statement "Come and get him!"
    • When Strong Sad plays the Irish informant, he throws in an irrelevant quote from Dangeresque 1: Dangeresque, Too? because he hasn't gotten the latest script update.
    • Marzipan accidentally calls Strong Bad by his real name instead of his character's name.
    • In his final scene, the King of Town breaks character and walks off, telling the crew to call his agent if they need him.
    • The Cheat hesitates to say his own character's name (Craig), although this may be for dramatic effect.
  • Coach Z's 110% — For the duration of the commercial, Coach Z speaks in a "more toned-down voice" than usual, thus sounding very static and detached.
    • Strong Bad pauses awkwardly during his prerecorded endorsement, and says his line with little enthusiasm.
    • In one scene, Homestar acts exhausted and out of breath after a sports game, before suddenly switching to a more enthusiastic manner to advertise the video.
  • A Death Defying Decemberween — Homestar, Coach Z and Bubs make a cheaply made holiday special in a holiday-themed set.
    • In addition to the badly-made set and canned laughter, the characters speak in overstressed voices, making them sound fake, and Homestar and Bubs laugh unenthusiastically.
    • Coach Z and Bubs can be seen throwing the "snow" outside the window and Coach Z's arm appears in the shot as he pulls away the cup of Hot Jones.
  • Sbemailiarized! — Strong Bad's acting in the Sbemailiarized toons is very forced, particularly during the first example shown.
  • Email hremail 3184 — While waiting for Strong Sad's Pop-Tart to explode, Strong Bad pretends to eat cereal from a bowl (empty, no less) and describes the "cereal" as "sooooo cerealy".
  • Email independent — Homestar Runner is referred to as a washed-up actor and acts very stilted and dispassionate in Strong Sad's film.
  • Poker Night at the Inventory — Strong Bad and Max attempt to do a plug for Telltale Games's store, with Strong Bad speaking in the usual monotone and with Max forgetting his line and reading the punctuation in the URL out loud.
  • Squintmojis — Homestar tiredly mumbles his Squintmoji testimonial.
  • Dangeresque Puppet Squad: The Hot Jones Hijack — Homestar Runner as Stingy Relenque breaks character to insist that his lines are totally French. He also adds lines such as "I'm still falling!" and "I can't believe I bounced!" in reference to his figurine stunt double.
  • Trogdor!! The Board Game Video — Strong Bad and Homestar Runner act out a game of Trogdor!! The Board Game in a flat monotone.
  • Stack 'Em to the Heavens! — Strong Bad and Homestar again play the toon's titular game in flat, bored voices and this time can't even fake enthusiasm on victory.
  • Expando Deck Promo — Strong Bad and Homestar, a third time, play with the titular expansion deck in bored, flat voices and even do things normally done enthusiastically, such as imitating a siren, in bored monotone.

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