Olde English Looks Back at ‘Dishes Like To Be Dirty’

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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…

Adam: Let’s talk about Dishes Like To Be Dirty.

Chioke: Oh, I love that one.

Raphael: That was a difficult one. That was something that I wrote, and I remember thinking, there’s no way we can make this. We’d never done anything quite that ambitious yet.

Chioke: This is a pattern.

Raphael: Right. And it’s this goofy Disney musical kind of thing, with puppets. I remember we shot half of it, and I was like, “We can’t do this, guys. Forget it.” And then I think it was Ben, who was like, “No. No, we can do this.” He hired a puppeteer…

Adam: James Wojtal.

Raphael: Who made everything work.

Adam: He does lots of comedy puppetry work.

Raphael: So, Dishes Like to Be Dirty comes from a real place, because Adam and I were roommates, and we both hated doing dishes.

Adam: Yeah, and I made Raphael do the dishes. Because we had a rule where you didn’t do your own dishes, you just did all of the dishes if it was your turn.

Raphael: Yeah, we had a convoluted strategy which I think actually worked for the most part.

Adam: It worked for the most part.

Raphael: And you didn’t have to do the dishes if you didn’t want to, but until you did the dishes, they were your dishes. They would just keep piling up and piling up.

Caleb: I love that idea. You guys are such weirdos.

Raphael: I remember we had a third roommate once. Our other roommate Max was out of town, so we got this subletter, and told him, “This is how it works. We all have our day to do the dishes, and if you don’t want to do the dishes on your day, that’s okay. But then it doesn’t become the other person’s day until you do the dishes.” So this was our subletter, who’s living there for a month, and he, like, never even stayed the night. He mostly stayed with other people, but it was his turn to do the dishes, so we all just kept making dirty dishes. All—me and Adam—just leaving them in the sink.

Adam: And he went on a trip for two weeks. [They all laugh.] But because it was his turn, neither of us did the dishes.

Raphael: It was still Jackson’s turn. I’m not doing the dishes. And so then, he was like, “Alright, well my month is over.” We’re like, “Well, you gotta come back and do your dishes.” So he came back literally just to do the dishes and then left.

Caleb: You really made him come back to do the dishes?

Raphael: Well, I think we didn’t quite realized what was happening. We thought, like, he’s gonna stay here for a few more nights. We would kind of like joke, like, “It’s still your turn, buddy.” And he did like come back, do the dishes, and then left.

Adam: And we never saw him again.

Caleb: I would be like, “Are you guys gonna do dishes?” And you’d be like, “Jackson’s a terrible roommate.”

Raphael: “Jackson’s not doing the dishes.”

Caleb: “Not cool. I know, it stinks, right?”

Raphael: “I keep making dishes.”

Adam: So the sketch came from Raphael doing the dishes and literally being like, “What if the dishes told me not to do them?”

Raphael: What if I didn’t have to do the dishes?

Adam: Because the dishes sang to me.

Raphael: And for most, if not all, of our musical sketches, I think it’s worth repeating, Jesse Novak wrote our music. He used to be in the group in college, so he wrote a bunch of sketches, but he’s a brilliant, brilliant musician.

Adam: He does the music for The Mindy Project now.

Joel: And the music for the film.

Adam: He does the riding theme.

Caleb: I love that song.

Adam: It’s like how Elton John will do like one song like for a movie and then he’ll win an Oscar?

Raphael: This would be our Oscar song.

Caleb: Which is a beautiful, awesome Brian Wilson-esque peppy song that’s really fun.

Raphael: About friendship.

Adam: Actually, when we put it in the movie, we used “You Make My Dreams Come True” by Hall & Oates as our piece of temp music, and it was exciting and fun. We were like, “You need to make a song…”

Raphael: “You need to beat this.”

Adam: “You need to make a song this fun.”

Raphael: And he did.

Adam: And he did.

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