There was a time — let’s call it “two weeks ago” — when the only people interested in The Human Centipede were humorous musicals writers, parodical video game constructors, eccentric foot tattoo devotees, tongue-in-cheek sock monkey manufacturers, the folks over at Funnyordie.com, and fans of extreme horror. But this twisted 2010 tale of a crazy German surgeon who stitches together three unfortunate victims to form a, yes, “human centipede” has now invaded mainstream TV comedy.
The recent “I Heart Connecticut” episode of 30 Rock featured not one but two references to director Tom Six’s demented movie, the second of which found a cast member using “centipede” as a verb. (“Alright, let’s move on to the scene in which Slaughterface centipedes Jenna to the docent of the Danbury Railway Museum.”). Now, Comedy Central has announced that this Wednesday’s premiere of the new South Park season will be called “HUMANCENTiPAD” and has Kyle becoming “intimately” involved in the launch of a new Apple product. The network has also released a clip which, like pretty much else connected with what I’ve unilaterally decided to start calling “the ‘Pede,” is NSFW.
But if you’re not at work — or feel unconstrained by the shackles of employment-based “suitability” — feel free to check it out and tell us what you think.