Mike Tyson is continuing his quest to make the public forget about his violent ear-biting days by pursuing a career in comedy. According to a May 11 report by E! Online, the boxer is set to star in a new Adult Swim cartoon that sees him solving mysteries with a little help from a magic face tattoo and a pigeon sidekick. So it sounds kind of like “Scooby-Doo,” but Scooby and Shaggy were all about smoking pot, not dropping acid and hallucinating about tattoos having mystical powers and pigeons talking to them. A talking dog is a little more believable than a talking pigeon, right?
Tyson’s comedy career includes starring in a “50 Shades of Grey” spoof in “Scary Movie 5,” and of course there’s his unforgettable cameo in “The Hangover” (he probably should have stayed away from the second one). He also played Herman Cain in a few Funny or Die videos, and he performs in a one-man show titled “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth.” However, “Mike Tyson Mysteries” sounds like his craziest venture yet. Adult Swim recently announced that the animated series will debut sometime next season, and it focuses on the boxer using his magic face tattoo to solve mysteries. Maybe the infamous ink will tingle like Spider-Man’s Spidey sense whenever trouble is afoot. Mike will voice himself, and he’ll have a “fowl-mouthed” talking pigeon sidekick. Because a “fowl” being “foul” is so hilarious.
Pairing Tyson with a pigeon might seem really random, but the boxer is a big fan of the birds — he raises them, and he even partook in pigeon races on the Animal Planet show “Taking on Tyson.” They’re intelligent animals, and having a pal who can give the boxer a birds-eye view of crime scenes should come in handy on “Mike Tyson Mysteries.” For one of the unlikely detective team’s cases, they’ll investigate “why a famous author/werewolf can’t finish his novel.” Since “50 Shades of Grey” was based on “Twilight” fan fiction and Tyson starred in a “50 Shades” spoof, it can only be assumed that the werewolf will be trying to write an erotic novel about bestiality — it could be based on what would have happened if Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner had ended up together in “Twilight.” Adult Swim once green-lit a cartoon called “Assy McGee” that was about a detective who sounded like Sylvester Stallone but looked like a giant talking butt, so anything is possible (see also: “Squidbillies” and “Aqua Teen Hunger Force”).
So are you looking forward to Tyson’s new cartoon, or does it sound like a disaster? It can only be hoped that Charlie Sheen signs on to voice his talking pigeon sidekick.