Olde English Looks Back at ‘O’Doul’s’ and ‘The Applicant’

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Splitsider is thrilled to offer our first digital download, The Exquisite Corpse Project, a fantastic film from the former members of legendary sketch group Olde English. I recently sat down with the guys to look through some of their classic Olde English sketches. Here, the group looked back at a couple videos of their favorite videos that played with format. 

Joel: One I really like that, uh, is the O’Doul’s rap because my sister-in-law is pregnant and she’s been drinking O’Doul’s and she hates it. [Laughs] But what can she do? And I showed her the O’Doul’s rap and she loved it. It made her day. She showed it to all her pregnant friends, and they all got such a kick out of it.

Raphael: I think one thing we really glommed on to really early is playing with formats. Starting with that and going from there. So for example, the O’Doul’s sketch is a music video and we tried to make the music video really well. And  focus on the music video aspect as much as the comedy of it.

Raphael: You know, another one I really like is called The Applicant. It’s a movie trailer.

Ben: That’s one of my favorites.

Raphael: And it was really important to make this look like a movie trailer. A lot of times you see a sketch movie trailer and it’s full scenes. Like, no. Movie trailers have a look to them. You never go more than 15 seconds on one scene. Keep it fast paced, keep it moving. We don’t have to tell a whole story, we just have to hint at different story elements.

Caleb: Rhythm escalates.

Raphael: Yeah, the rhythm escalates, the music picks up. We really tried to make it look like a movie trailer. I think it really benefits from that.

The Exquisite Corpse Project is available for download for $5 from Splitsider Presents.