SMBC Theater is an online sketch comedy series. It was created by Zach Weiner of Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, which is often abbreviated as SMBC, hence this name. It is written by Weiner and James Ashby.
The humour varies from comments on politics to crude sex joke and relationship humour.
This series contains examples of:
- The Alcoholic: The sketch "Intervention" is about one doing an intervention for his friends for not being more supportive of his drinking habit.
- Blasphemous Boast: From the DVD Commentary. Zach doesn't look like Jesus, Jesus looks like Zach.
- Bestiality Is Depraved:
- Bigger Is Better in Bed: Turned Up to Eleven in "Prognosis". Jon dreams about getting a disease that makes his penis grow and grow until it kills him and explodes. He's disappointed when it turns out not to be real.
- Black Comedy Rape: One short has Wonder Woman masquerading as a superheroine called "The Sodomizer," who saves people, then ominously asks them to bend over and pick something up for her.
- Both Sides Have a Point: Deconstructed in "Both Sides", a parody of Bill O'Reilly's "No Spin Zone". They introduce sides like "Eyeglasses vs Stabbing Yourself With a Steak Knife" to show that not all points are equally valid.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: In "The Plumber", James is a brilliant and surprisingly inexpensive plumber who unfortunately insists that Zach and Kelly watch while he fixes their plumbing in an incredibly Squicky way.
- Crazy-Prepared: James intercepted the Ebola Zach sent to James' sister, put it in a jar, labeled it "The Ebola I Intercepted", and kept it on his person in case he got in a ''staring contest'' with Zach, so he could trump Zach's "The Antidote To The Ebola I Mailed Your Sister" move.
- Death by Sex: In "Superman vs. Aliens", Superman reveals this as his preferred way of killing bad guys.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Even after he becomes heartless and money-obsessed in "James Gets Rich", James is appalled at the idea of creating a new type of financial derivative.
- Fan Disservice: This trope is fulfilled often and liberally, not the least by James. Examples include him doing a sexy dance on the menu screen of Goes to Hell, dressed up as the devil, complete with red body makeup, whilst not wearing a shirt, and his character in The Plumber.
- Jackass Genie: Subverted in "Genie". The genie tries to give James and Zach's wishes horrible consequences but gets frustrated when they don't seem to care.
- Kind Restraints: In Passive Aggressive Werewolf, a passive aggressive werewolf has his unofficial girlfriend tie him up to avoid harming people, only to get into an argument with her about it.
- The Magic Poker Equation: The ''World Poker Championships starts with a Full House, and a Royal Flush. This is followed by the fictitious Royal Ace House, before switching games to Uno and Checkmate, then a few Nobel Prizes. Briefly subverted, as Dominion Over the Earth and Dominion Over the Universe are outranked by the Nobel Big Penis Prize. The round ends with someone shooting hellfire from his eyes melting the souls of the other contestants.
- Only Sane Man:
- In King James, only one guy realizes that a guy who pulls a sword out of a rock is not a good candidate for king and that magic and dragons aren't real and that includes James himself.
- The gay son in "Orientation" is this, due to his parents not getting how homosexuality works and that there's no gay gold.
- Poison Chalice Switcheroo: The Wife in "Divorce Negotiation" trades a diamond for the antidote he thinks she put in her husband's wine. She then trades the car for the antidote to the poison he thought was the antidote to the poison in his wine. She then trades their house for the antidote to the poison he thought was the antidote to the poison he thought was the antidote to the poison in his wine. She then trades custody for the antidote to the poison he thought was the antidote to the poison he thought was the antidote to the poison he thought was the antidote to the poison in his wine. Not wanting custody, he goes happily goes along with the last one.
- The Reveal: "That's right! Your incestuous murder-child was Hitler AND Stalin!"
- Take That Me: The main writers (and executive producers) are James and Zach, yet their characters are usually them as themselves, playing them up as horrible, lazy unsympathetic people.
- This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: Combined with Sophisticated as Hell in Problem Solved. When newly elected U.S. President James Ashby is annoyed that his adviser keeps objecting to his ridiculous and irresponsible policy decisions, he says: "I'm sorry? Did you win a plurality of the Electoral College, bitch?"
- Vomit Indiscretion Shot: In "The Mancreep", James discovers that his uncanny ability to simulate cunnilingus with his tongue and the palm of his hand causes everyone else to have these. He decides to use it to fight crime.
- You Killed My Father: Parodied in "Worst Haunting Ever".Dad: You must avenge me on my kiiiiiilllllllleeeeeeeeers...Son: You weren't killed. You drank twelve beers a day for 30 years. You died of cirrhosis.