The BattleBots announcer is somehow more entertaining than fighting robots (VIDEO).

The BattleBots Ring Announcer Brings the Funny (and the Punny)

The BattleBots Ring Announcer Brings the Funny (and the Punny)

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Aug. 27 2016 7:15 AM

Enter the Punderdome

The BattleBots ring announcer brings the funny (and the punny).


If you were not yet aware that BattleBots is a thing again, then there are two things you should know: 1) it is, and 2) a guy named Faruq Tauheed is the reason you should be tuning in.  As the ring announcer on latest incarnation of the homemade robot showdown, Tauheed somehow manages to upstage all the metal-crushing, flame-throwing action with his pun-heavy commentary. It’s pretty amazing. Each introduction is as cleverly crafted as the battling bots themselves, tailor-made to squeeze every ounce of humor out of the names and origins of the robo-competitors.

We couldn’t get enough of Tauheed’s seemingly endless supply of wit—not to mention his perfectly dry delivery—so we compiled some of his ringside gems in the above video.

Aymann Ismail is a Slate video producer/editor.

Jessamine Molli is a video producer based in New York.