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 their take on a 90s classic.
Ben: On the theme of music videos that are also by Raphael, I really liked one of our sketches called Breakfast at Tiffany’s. It started as a live sketch, and it’s a really fun live sketch because the first minute, minute and a half?
Raphael: No comedy.
Ben: Is no comedy. It is literally Adam and Raphael singing the beginning of Deep Blue Something’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. Word-for-word, note-for-note, Adam’s playing the guitar. It’s a perfect reproduction.
Raphael: Pretty sincerely, but not so sincerely that that’s the joke. We’re just doing the song.
Ben: So when you play it live, the audience is just sitting there. First they laugh when they hear the song, and then 30 seconds in they’re like, where’s the fucking joke? And they’re just sitting there like this [hunched forward], and then a minute in, they’ve gotten kind of bored and they sit back.
Raphael: Then when the joke comes…
Ben: When the joke comes they just fucking explode.
Raphael: I remember Ben was like, we have to make a video of this, this’ll be huge. And I was really resistant to the idea because when it’s live you have that captive audience, so if they’re bored for a minute they can’t go anywhere. But I was sure they were gonna click the video and watch a minute of just me singing and click away before the punchline came. But I think it works, I think people like it.
Ben: Yeah, it works.
Raphael: A lot of times I see people link it and say, “Keep watching! Watch to the end. Wait for it, it’s coming.”
Ben: I haven’t read the comments on that video in a long time, but I’m sure there are people that didn’t know it was a comedy video and liked Deep Blue Something, and then get really pissed off that we ruined it.
The Exquisite Corpse Project is available for download for $5 from Splitsider Presents.