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There is a drawing of what appears to be Osama bin Laden on the wall in Funnybot's office. Osama was killed by the United States Navy SEALS two days before this episode aired.
During the moment in the award show when everyone groans about having to sit through 50 awards, in the front row on the left there is a clear Bebe clone, simply with her hair colored orange brown. The normal Bebe is located near the lower middle of the bleachers in front of the Annie Knitts clone. The Annie Knitts copy is located merely 2 kids away on the right section of the bleachers.
In the creators' commentary for the episode, Trey Parker and Matt Stone mention that the idea of Funnybot had been floated around for about 5 years prior to the episode. They also mention that the original concept for the episode would have involved Jimmy Valmer being invited to Japan for a stand-up comedy festival before the Japanese reveal a skyscraper sized version of Funnybot that eventually destroys Tokyo. It would have also included a competition similar to the one used in the martial arts film Enter The Dragon.
They also mention that the final version of the episode was inspired by the Star Trek: The Original Series episode,"The Changeling". Inspiration also came from Matt and Trey being invited to the "Comedy Central Comedy Awards" show, which they didn't want to attend, and how they spent their time there discussing how much they hated the idea of a comedy award show.
References to Popular Culture
Funnybot's appearance and mannerisms are based on various television and movie robots:
Actor/director Tyler Perry and his character, Madea are shown in this episode as a source of comedy for Token.
The fact that Token and Barack Obama can't help laughing at Tyler Perry movies is a reference that his movies contain too much African American humor.
On the wall outside of Funnybot's room, there is a poster showing Two and a Half Men with the text "One and a Half Men", as a reference to actor Charlie Sheen who was fired from the series in March 2011.
When the celebrities rush in to the school, Cartman says "Oh wow, it's Adam Sandler." Being a huge Adam Sandler fan has been clear about Cartman since A.W.E.S.O.M.-O 4000 when 800 of his movie ideas made Adam Sandler the star.
Annie Knitts appears on both the left and right seats during the award show.
Sally Turner is seen twice at the same time when the crowd is first seen at the award show.
Russell Brand is a British comedian, not an American comedian.
German Minister of Finance Wolfgang Schäuble has been paralyzed and has used a wheelchair ever since the assassination attempt on him in 1990, yet he is seen standing behind President Wulff in several scenes.
When Stan says "Yeah, I'm sure glad that's over with." at the end of the episode, his voice sounds unusually pitched, similar to when Trey Parker voiced Dr. David Nelson.