A joint production by Kris Straub (of Starslip and Chainsawsuit) and Scott Kurtz (of PvP), now appearing on Penny Arcade TV,Blamimation is a monthly series of comedic Flash shorts. Each episode generally consists of a couple of brief sketches bookended by a Framing Device about Straub and Kurtz's adventures. Recurring sketches include:
Credits Gag: The season 1 finale ends with a credit reel, complete with "corrections" from the series so far. Penny Arcade business guru Robert Khoo is listed under "Special Thanks", followed immediately by "Thanks Redacted".
"Gift of the Magi" Plot: Parodied in one Blam, where the air conditioner cuts out during a heatwave. Kris buys Scott some freon for the air conditioner, which Scott has sold in order to buy Kris a snow cone. Alas, Kris is unable to enjoy the snow cone because he traded his head for the freon.
Mike Krahulik, AKA Gabe, does two quick lines in Episode 9. He returns in Episode 15 to propose and make Blams.
Also in Episode 15, Jerry Holkins AKA Tycho appears for a quick what's up. He returns as a guest in Episode 17.
In S2E2, MC Frontalot is the dungeon keeper.
Involuntary Shapeshifting: Monster Nash is presented as a thriller about a man who needs to avoid looking at or hearing any mention of the moon/bandages/blood/bats/pyramids/etc. or else he'll turn into all monsters, simultaneously.
Hilarious Outtakes: During the sketches. Sometimes they'll redo flubbed lines, mock each other for mistakes, or scribble out animation errors.
Idiot Ball: Held by everyone apart from the Sharpe brothers in Get Sharpe.
I'm a Humanitarian: Kris and Scott discover that, during the Alliday festivities, they killed and consumed someone.
Inspector Javert: The Major, a General Ross Expy who wants to find out Nash's connection with all these monster attacks.
Motor Mouth: The so-called "Blam Cadence" used by both Blamimators in their interstitial bits is as follows: A SERIES of PHRASES, PUNCTuated at RANdom, aSCENDing in pitch and then suddenlydippingbackdownthehillconstantlygainingspeeduntilyouretalkingfasterthanyoucanthink. It's basically engineered to guarantee slip-ups. Mike Krahulik made a huge effort to match the style in his guest appearance, whereas Jerry Holkins deliberately broke it.
Old Shame: Deep King was the earliest (non-PVP-related) Blam, created long before Straub and Kurtz had figured out Blamimation's unique voice. The creators maintain it goes on far too long and doesn't contain any real jokes. (Although Straub is apparently still pretty proud of the Malcolm McDowell voice he used for the narrator.)
Recycled INSPACE: Get Sharper, in which a cyborg Red Sharpe solves cybercrimes on a Moon colony.
Perhaps the most literal playing of this trope, as the pilot episode is completely identical to the pilot of Get Sharpe, with words like cyber and digital inserted into lines and scouters and antennae added to everyone and everthing.