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Skippy Shorts is a... unique puppet–based YouTube channel run by NearFar Productions. It stars an insane puppet named Skippy (voiced by Greg Harrisberg), who mainly retells classic stories in his own "style" and answers e-mail questions, along with an ensemble of other crazy puppets, including his best friend Finney (voiced by Jack Rennon), a weird white animal, a trigger-happy cop called the Cop and his friend Iggy Iguana, a senile sociopath named Rufus T., a magical wizard and his apprentice, and many, many others. Almost every video ends with Skippy yelling, "STUPID!", which perfectly sums up the channel's whole style and tone. The channel can be seen here. There is also a second channel called skippythe2nd. It can be seen here.

After years of almost complete inactivity, the channel returned to producing content in a big way, using the "Skippy Shorts 2019" label.

Tropes seen in their videos:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: The Old Lady who wants to be a disgusted Skippy's girlfriend. He reacts by killing her.
  • Aborted Arc:
    Groggle: I like the silent shorts! (gets punched in the face)
  • ...And 99¢: Taken to the extreme with the "Being Just Like Skippy Kit" in "Ask Skippy #14," where Finney mentions the "reasonably low price" - $99999999999999999.02
    The Cop: A deal like that should be...illegal!
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  • Ax-Crazy: Hillary Clinton, who will send her Midget Minions to kill you if you don't vote for her. Also Rufus, who threatened to kill the viewer's grandma if they didn't go see the characters at the 2010 Beverly Hills Film Festival.
  • Bait-and-Switch:
    • Skippy's review of The Trevor and Officer Harry Show in "Ask Skippy #17." He says he'll need one word and everyone (including an apparent child audience) assumes he'll say "STUPID!" He instead throws them a curveball and says, "Salamander!"
    • Episode 2 of "The Andy Cougerman Show" - where Andy and Mr. Sandwich sing "Without You." As it turns out, Mr. Sandwich doesn't love Andy, he's trying to kill him!
  • Berserk Button: Don't make fun of the Cop's mother (or call attention to her mustache).
  • Blatant Lies: "That's cheap!". Also saying that "Clawverbro" is a common name.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: In "Ask Finny #2," Finney claims he pleases the ladies by buying them chocolates, flowers and chocolate flowers.
  • Catchphrase: "STUPID!", "The other day, a guy / girl wrote me...", "YAY!!!", "YEAH!", "I'll be your (enter text here)!".
  • The Chew Toy: Andy Cougerman. He explodes in every one of his appearances.
  • Drop-In Character: Spoofed in The Trevor and Officer Harry Show in "Ask Skippy #17" with Clarence, who walks into the character's house through their pantry.
    Clarence: Like, hey, guys! Can I borrow your mayonnaise? (crowd goes wild)
  • Every Episode Ending: Again, "STUPID!"
  • Fractured Fairy Tale: Many of Skippy's retellings are outright wrong.
  • No Fourth Wall: Skippy and others are well aware that they're puppets.
  • No Indoor Voice: Virtually every character shouts their dialogue at all times.
  • Noodle Implements: The Wizard's Nanny Foo-Foo made his green shirt out of the bones of an epileptic leprechaun!
    • The items found in the "Being Just Like Skippy Kit," such as a gas mask, a bundle of dancing red roses, a George W. Bush mask, a duck and a ham sandwich.
  • Shock and Awe: Skippy's horrible electricity–shocking powers, as seen in "Ask Skippy #21 - Resolutions."
  • Shout-Out: The videos make frequent use of music, pictures, video clips, audio clips and sound effects from other, well-known sources. Sounds from Monty Python and the Holy Grail are used quite often.
  • Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness: On the far end of the silly side, even by the standards of other online comedy videos.
  • Stupid Statement Dance Mix: "Have have you ever been like in like YEAH!"
  • Take That!:
    • Several videos (of the "DUM NEWS" branding) paint certain celebrities and especially politicians in a very negative light, often reducing them to blubbering messes.
    • If Chelsea Clinton is name-dropped, it's usually a joke about her appearance.
  • Thanksgiving Episode: Where Skippy yells at all his friends for not being thankful for him.
  • Very Special Episode: Parodied in "Ask Skippy #17" with The Trevor and Officer Harry Show, where the valuable lesson they learn is to keep their pantry door locked to prevent comic relief Clarence from breaking into their house. Complete with music cue from Full House.



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