When it comes to master of raunch Daniel Tosh, would we expect anything less than scores of cartoon woodland animals humping each other?
The answer to that is no, we would not, and that is exactly what you get when you watch the opening sequence of the pilot episode of “Brickleberry,” Tosh’s newest executive producer gig.
The new Comedy Central animated show follows around a bumbling group of rangers in the fictional Brickleberry National Park. Also in the mix is Malloy, a domesticated bear cub who’s kind of an asshole, voiced by Tosh.
Other voices on the show include Kaitlin Olson of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” Jerry Minor of “Eastbound & Down,” Tom Kenny from “Spongebob Squarepants” and Dave Herman from “Futurama.”
Waco O’Guin and Roger Black, the show’s creators, writers and executive producers, conceived the idea of “Brickleberry” through O’Guin’s father-in-law, a park ranger whose nickname is Woody.
Kenny, the voice of Woody on the show, says he met the “real-life Woody” at the show’s premiere party a few nights ago.
“He’s nothing like the ranger in the show,” Kenny says. “When (Woody) watched the show, he said, ‘This could end my career as a forest ranger!’”
Minor, who plays Denzel, a black park ranger who is scared of the woods, says he tries not to take offense by the stereotypical qualities his character portrays.
“I have to turn my judgment off,” he says. “I know what the show is, everybody gets it, and I don’t take offense personally at anything in the script. I’ll admit it, its pretty stereotypical.”
The actors have formed a consensus about the offensiveness of the show and of adult TV in general: go big or go home.
“In the post-'South Park,' post-'Family Guy' era, if you’re going to make people raise eyebrows, you gotta push harder and go further than five years ago,” Kenny says. “I really respect the show for going for it. If you’re gonna push the envelope, why not go ahead and shred the shit out of that envelope?”
Minor says that the show’s association with ever-controversial Tosh is also likely to boost its success.
Following Tosh’s rape joke disaster a few months ago, some thought the show would shy away from outlandish and extremely offensive humor. They thought wrong. In fact, Malloy, Tosh’s character, is raped in the first episode.
Kenny says the show was not edited for content after Tosh’s offensive remarks, and he commends the producers for standing their ground.
“I think that’s a great decision and the only way to go,” Kenny says. “Once you edit because of one person who heckles, it’s a slippery slope. If you’re gonna go some places, you gotta go there 100 percent.”
Tosh defended the offensive nature of “Brickleberry” with his usual off-putting bluntness after showing a clip on his show “Tosh.0” back in July.
“Do you know why that’s not offensive?” he asks. “Because they are drawings.”
The show premieres at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.