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Strong Bad Email #113
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"Minty gargle."

Ryan N. asks Strong Bad what the secret to his "pizzaz" is. Strong Bad does a journalism interview with himself on his "Strong Bad-Type Interview Progrum" to find out.

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Bad, Strong Bad, The Cheat, Biscuitdoughhandsman (Easter egg)

Places: Computer Room, Strong Badia, Strong Bad's Buffalo-Style Ranch (Easter egg)

Computer: Compy 386

Date: Monday, September 13, 2004

Running Time: 3:19

Page Title: Compy 386!!

DVD: strongbad_email.exe Disc Four


[edit] Transcript

STRONG BAD: {types "strongbad" while singing} Oh, here comes The Strong Baaaaad... {He types "_email.exe".} Oh, here comes The Strong Baaaaad! {He brings up the email and reads it.}

STRONG BAD: Umm... {typing} Did you just call me a dog food gangsta? What is that supposed to mean? {in an Olde English typeface} Ought I to be offended? {clears screen} Anyways... {typing} The secret to my pizzaz/ {says the word "slash"} why am I so cool? {spoken only} Hey, {typed and spoken} good questions Ryguy, let's ask me!!

{music starts and a newspaper background appears}

ANNOUNCER: Tonight, on Strong Bad-Type Interview Progrum:

{The Strong Bad-Type Interview Progrum logo appears.}

ANNOUNCER: Strong Bad aims the barrel of his sawed-off journalism shotgun at his toughest interviewee yet...

{a crosshair appears and moves around the screen revealing the scene underneath it before centering on Strong Bad's head and flashing "LOCKED ON!!"}

ANNOUNCER: ...HIMSLEF! {echoes ridiculously} Eh... I mean... himself.

{The scene changes to Strong Bad's interview stage with the lights dimmed; Strong Bad is talking to someone off-screen with his microphone turned off. The lights fade up and Strong Bad turns toward the camera.}

STRONG BAD: Good evening, mostly people, and welcome to another night of hard-hitting, buffalo-style journalism! As we say every show, let's...

AUDIENCE: Get to tha point!

{The text "GET TO THA POINT" flashes on-screen in colorful graffiti-style writing}

STRONG BAD: Welcome, Strong Bad.

{The camera switches to the rear of Strong Bad to reveal another Strong Bad, this one dressed in a sailor's cap with a corncob pipe, hereafter referred to as "CAPTAIN STRONG BAD" for clarity's sake; aside from the hat and pipe, he's a carbon copy of Strong Bad}

CAPTAIN STRONG BAD: Thank you, Strong Bad.

{The camera shifts back and forth between them as they talk.}

STRONG BAD: So... You're dressed like a ship's captain. Whuh... Um... Why are you dressed like a ship's captain?

CAPTAIN STRONG BAD: I thought that I heard that it was... {looks around} ...the latest style.

STRONG BAD: Absolutely not the case. So... You're still dressed like a ship's captain. Why is that?

CAPTAIN STRONG BAD: Look, I'm telling you, I either saw or read or {quickly under his breath} heard it from The Cheat {normal voice} that it's the latest style!

STRONG BAD: So you say. This "The Cheat" you mentioned... {speaking with slight hint of withheld laughter} is he also dressed like a ship's captain?

CAPTAIN STRONG BAD: Oh, no way. The Cheat's too cool for that.

STRONG BAD: But you don't seem to have that problem.

CAPTAIN STRONG BAD: What... No, wait, you turned it all around on me! I'm cool! I have pizzaz!

STRONG BAD: Uh-huh. And a corncob pipe.

CAPTAIN STRONG BAD: Oh, that's it! This interview is OVERRRR!

{Strong Bad sticks his face in the screen and shakes his fists as the picture fuzzes out.}

{Cue an old-cartoon-style picture of The Cheat next to a pulled power plug with the text "Hang In There" and "Technical Difficulties."}

{After a little while, newspaper background and music returns with a picture of Captain Strong Bad's angry outburst.}

STRONG BAD: {voiceover} So after many fives of dollars and saying "Come oooonnnnnn!" a lot, I got Strong Bad to agree to a second interview, this time on his buffalo-style ranch in Strong Badia.

{Switch to image of Strong Badia with Strong Bad and Captain Strong Bad behind the fence, which zooms to fill the screen and then cranes in on the two Strong Bads.}

STRONG BAD: So, Strong Bad, the peoples want to know... What's the secret to your pizzaz?

CAPTAIN STRONG BAD: Well, for starters, you've gotta have the three G's. Gumption, uh... Gum, like, chew gum, and, um... Gar... gle. Minty gargle.

STRONG BAD: Minty... gargle. {Captain Strong Bad nods.}

{The camera switches to behind the fence, showing that it is far too tall for Strong Bad's head to come above it normally, and that they are both actually hanging from the fence by their arms}

STRONG BAD: Is that really all you got?

CAPTAIN STRONG BAD: Yeah... Yeah, pretty much.

THE CHEAT: {He makes "la-de-da-de-da" The Cheat noises as he comes on-screen and the camera moves back to the front of the fence.}


{The Cheat looks at one, then the other, then the other, faster and faster until finally his head explodes.}

{The scene shifts back to the computer.}

STRONG BAD: {typing} So, I never really got a straight answer outta me, RyGuy. But if you wanna be cool and have pizzas like me, it looks like the secret has a lot to do with fresh breath apparently. Okay, before I go, I'd like to give a shout out to all my Dogfood Gangstas. Canned or Dry, We Neva Die. {speaking} Colors. {typing} Here goes The Strong Baaaaad. {gets up from the stool and continues off-screen} Oh, here goes The Strong Baaaaad!

{The Paper comes down}

[edit] Easter Eggs

In colors!
  • Click on "secret" at the end of the email to see a sneak peek of Strong Bad's next show.
ANNOUNCER: Next week on Strong Bad-Type Interview Progrum... Watch as Strong Bad levels the business end of his 12-gauge journalism bazooka squarely at: Biscuitdoughhandsman!
  • Click on "Dogfood Gangstas" at the end of the email to see a Powered by The Cheat-style graffiti image of Strong Bad as a Dogfood Gangsta.
  • Also click on "The Strong Baaaaad" to get a preview of Strong Bad's old-western-style TV show "The Strong Bad" (In Colors!), created by A. Chimendez.
{Cut to a wooden gate with a sign reading "Buffalo-Style Ranch."}
SINGER: Here comes the Strong Bad! Here comes the Strong Bad! Yeeha!
{The words "The Strong Bad in Colors! Created by A. Chimendez" appear. A bullet hole is shot through the words.}

[edit] Fun Facts

[edit] Explanations

  • To saw off the barrel of a shotgun is a technique to make it more effective at extreme close quarters.

[edit] Trivia

  • The words that scroll across the screen in the intro for the talk show read "MICROPHONES," "TALKING," "2 PEOPLE," "A GLOBE," and "A PLANT."
  • This is the first instance of the word "program" being spelled "progrum".
  • When the Strong Bad in the sailor outfit knocks over the chair in the interview room, The Geddup Noise is heard.
  • According to the DVD commentary, RyGuy is the The Brothers Chaps' nickname for Ryan Sterritt. Additionally, it is his email address.
  • The YouTube description for this email is "Strong Bad interviews himself to find out the secret of his pizzaz."

[edit] Remarks

Slide n' Slide time!
  • "Pizzaz" is spelled incorrectly. The correct spellings are "pizzazz" and "pizazz".
  • Biscuitdoughhandsman is the initial suspect for Strong Bad's crimes in "Strong Bad is in Jail Cartoon", created by Bubs drawing The King of Town's description of Strong Bad. So technically, one could say Strong Bad will be interviewing himself again.
  • Bazookas (or rocket launchers of any type) do not come in a "gauge" as described in the Biscuitdoughhandsman Easter egg. "Gauge" can refer to shotguns, where it is an indirect measurement of the barrel based upon how many balls of buckshot could be made out of a pound of iron for that shotgun. The larger the barrel, the smaller the gauge, as each individual ball of buckshot had to be bigger. (Nowadays the process for making buckshot is different, but the measurement continues to be used.) A rocket launcher's ammunition would be described in how long or wide its rocket is, such as an "87mm rocket".
  • When Captain Strong Bad turns his head during the first part of the interview, his hat seems to slide across the top of his head from side to side.

[edit] Goofs

  • Ship's Captain Strong Bad's right arm is missing during most of the first interview, making his hand float somehow.
    • It re-appears when Ship's Captain Strong Bad shouts "This interview is over."

[edit] Inside References

[edit] Real-World References

  • The interview program may be a reference to Tim Russert's Meet the Press on which Russert often tries to be tough about unimportant topics ("'re still dressed as a ship's captain"). Russert also makes frequent references to his hometown of Buffalo, while Strong Bad makes numerous references to such in this email with the phrase "Buffalo-style."
    • It may also be a reference to the 1980s television show, Buffalo Bill, about an egotistical news talk show host who often antagonized his guests in much the same way Strong Bad does.
  • "This interview is OVER!" is a reference to Professional Wrestling Manager J.J. Dillon, who managed Ric Flair in the early '80s in Georgia (where The Brothers Chaps live). He would end every interview with the same comment.
  • The gunshot sound at the end of the Easter egg (and the style of the hole being blasted from the "The Strong Bad" logo) is taken from the SNES game Super Scope 6—and is the sound used in all the Lazer Blazer games when a shot is fired.
  • Strong Bad dressing up as a captain for an interview is similar to an episode of Seinfeld in which Jerry is forced to wear a pirate shirt for an interview and is asked why he is wearing it by his interviewer several times.
  • The Three G's, also known as "GGG," will be familiar to any Dan Savage (Savage Love) reader. It refers to being Good, Giving and Game in an intimate relationship.
  • The concept for the fictitious TV show The Strong Bad is based on Bonanza, the first regularly broadcast American television program to be filmed in color. In particular, the "Here Comes the Strong Bad" theme shares many traits with Bonanza's: a rising major triad, with the first tone repeated several times with rhythmic values less than a beat, followed by the other two tones, each taking up a full beat.
  • "Canned or Dry, We Neva Die. Colors." is a reference to the song "Colors" by rapper Ice T (specifically, the line "The gangs of L.A. will never die, just multiply, colors").
  • Strong Bad's appearance as a Dogfood Gangster could be based on that of the title character of PaRappa The Rapper.
  • Strong Bad calling Ryan "Ryguy" may be a reference to Fryguy, a boss from Super Mario Bros. 2 or a Shy Guy, a common enemy in the series.

[edit] Fast Forward

  • Strong Bad puts on the ship's captain hat again in modeling.
  • The "Technical Difficulties" screen from this email later donates its format and style to the "Pardon Our Problems" screen in Fall Float Parade.
  • Biscuitdoughhandsman will again be the subject of the never-seen next episode in the email myths & legends.
  • The music used during the technical difficulties is heard again in the SBCG4AP game Homestar Ruiner when Strong Bad finds Homestar all over his house.

[edit] DVD Version

  • The DVD version features hidden creators' commentary. To access it, switch the DVD player's audio language selection while watching.

[edit] Commentary Transcript

(Commentary by: Matt Chapman, Mike Chapman)

MATT: Here's the rare occasion where Mike went out of town and I had to finish an email.

MIKE: That's true. I was in San Francisco and Matt did pretty much the whole thing by himself. Good job, Matt.

MATT: Thanks. Did it come out okay?

MIKE: It did.

MATT: I think—

MIKE: It's the— it's always a good treat when that happens because then I get to watch the email on Monday morning.

MATT: Fresh.

MIKE: Fresh and not really knowing what happens.

MATT: Yeah.

MIKE: So it was good.

{pause until Strong Bad types, "Ought I to be offended?"}

MIKE: That's—

MATT: {laughs} He's got dynamic like, tone sensors on his keyboard.

MIKE: Yeah that knows—

MATT: That can tell when he gets quieter and when he's getting formal. 'Cause I think it does the same thing when he says the, uh, "and Trogdor smote the Kerrek."

MIKE: That's right.

MATT: And turns into that fancy font.

MIKE: That script font.

MATT: {in reference to the Strong Bad-Type Interview Progrum title screen} Talking, a globe, a plant, two people.

{scene cuts to interview}

MIKE: I think that's the same newspaper background from the, uh, Senor Cardgage. The thin in.

MATT: I think you can read some phone numbers on that. We should probably do something about that. {laughs}

{pause until after Strong Bad says "Get to tha point"}

MATT: That background is, uh, almost as good as if not better than the show background as being uh— looking like an old Joe Franklin set or something.

MIKE: Yeah like, uh, Fernwood 2Nite or something. Some '70s talk show. Is that— is that plant—

MATT: Credenza?

MIKE: Yeah, Credenza?

MATT: Yeah. That's Credenza.

MIKE: Umm... we just saw a guy in the parking lot of our office dressed as ship's captain this morning.

MATT: A pail of water—

MIKE: He had a bucket full of water dumping it in the parking lot and he was wearing a ship's captain hat.

MATT: Yeah. He had pizzaz.

MIKE: {laughs} He definitely did.

MATT: Umm so Strong Bad really lays it to himself. Really gives himself the business. With a third d—

MIKE: As only Strong Bad could.

MATT: Yeah. He doesn't react very well. You think he could— he could take it.

MIKE: He just quits. This is a great song. This is a great song! {starts singing} I'll sing it {continues singing and snaps his fingers}

MATT: {makes a The Cheat noise at the end of the song like "meh"}

MIKE: That was good.

{short pause. Start again when Strong Bad says "come on."}

MIKE: Let me— let me see.

MATT: Oh. Microphone I think is one of the words.

MIKE: I don't think there's any thing legible.

MATT: Water. Water Views. Uhhh—

MIKE: Oh! Look at that camera move!

MATT: Yeah thanks.

MIKE: Solid!

MATT: Cinematic.

MIKE: Little dolly action.

MATT: I did go to film school!

{both laugh, then sigh}

MATT: Uhh..


MATT: So I don't even think— I think I already started animating this scene and then realized that, "Wow! You know what they have to either be standing on something or hanging from the fence." So I had 'em hanging from the fence.

MIKE: That was good.

MATT: Umm... uh oh.

BOTH: Here it comes again!

{The Cheat's head explodes}

MATT: That's gotta hurt. That happens—

MIKE: That happens several times. RyGuy is, uh, the nickname of our friend Ryan.

MATT: That's what we call him.

MIKE: Or— Well... I was gonna say something but it was a curse word. {laughs}

MATT: Mike, don't tell— we don't know any curse words!

MIKE: {laughs}

MATT: Shut up! That's like that rap song, Colors by Ice-T. "The gangs in LA will never die, just multiply. Colors."

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