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 video, which they made for their live show at Bard College.
Joel: I’m gonna throw another old one out. One of my favorites is a sketch called Boxcar. And the reason I love it is because I think it showcases some really great performances. We wrote a script and everything but it was sort of open-form, so there was a lot of like improv-ing in front of the camera.
Raphael: There was also, I think, originally a 15-minute edit of it.
Joel: Oh yeah, it’s huge.
Raphael: It got slimmed down to seven minutes, but in the old days, we didn’t know how long a sketch was supposed to be. It was like, we’re gonna take as long as we need to tell this story.
Ben: This was before internet videos. Now if a video’s two minutes long, I get bored halfway through, but at that point, people would watch whatever.
Raphael: We had a captive audience. They weren’t gonna leave the multi-purpose room. There’s nowhere to go at Bard.
Adam: Yeah. Our original shows at Bard were two hours long.
Caleb: At least.
Raphael: With intermission and sketch after sketch after sketch, some of which were 10 minutes long, easy.
The Exquisite Corpse Project is available for download for $5 from Splitsider Presents.