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 an early, low-budget college sketch.
Joel: I’ve got another one, an old one again. Time Capsule.
Caleb: Oh wow, that’s so good.
Joel: A very, very old sketch. Really poorly made.
Adam: This is another college one.
Joel: Yeah, a college one. Those are the ones I’m gonna talk about because that’s my reference point. But you know, it’s silly. It’s a very simple concept. It’s a group of friends have buried a time capsule some absurd amount of time beforehand – a group of weirdo guys who all have women’s names – and one of them may or may not have put a time bomb in the time capsule. It’s a really thin premise. [They all laugh.] But I just loved it. I still love it. I just feel like it’s one of those stupid concept things that you just can’t help but giggle at. You just giggle at the thought of it. And in execution it wasn’t terrific, and whatever. I still like it. It has a place in my heart, you know.
Raphael: But I think what was strong about us in the college years is that we did have so many different kinds of things that we thought were funny. There was a large diversity of the kind of comedy we did. That’s in the movie also, that we all have different styles. There was awhile after college where we started trying to define ourselves a little more. Like, this is the comedy group we are. This is our voice, which I think you need to some extent, but I also really enjoy watching the old sketches and being like, “I would never write a sketch that now.” And I love it, and it’s hilarious.
Joel: Yeah, because it’s a whole different route. If that actually did have a production budget, that would be really silly. But we were pushing in all these different directions at that time.
The Exquisite Corpse Project is available for download for $5 from Splitsider Presents.