And the way he keeps a straight (and yet strangely bored) face during the crushing of three other grasshoppers is pure evil awesome.
The moment the bird's finally hoisted up and put in place, Tuck and Roll pop out of its beak announcing, "YOU'RE FIRED!" to everyone below. Doubles as a Crowning Moment of Funny AND a Brick Joke!
I gotta say, one of the 'awesome' moments in the movie is when the circus arrives at the ant hill. The timing to the music is absolutely perfect, showing the feet of the troupe landing on the ground impressively.
Each of the circus bugs during the bird fight scene either get their own Crowning Moment of Awesome or a Crowning Moment of Funny. With the exception of Manny, who does nothing the whole time.
Though his hamming it up while pretending to be dying is hilarious.
Even though he really screws things up, P. T. Flea's improvising a flamethrower to use on the fake bird would have been absolutely awesome if it had been a real threat.