You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers

Sometimes people ask me questions. When they do, I answer them. But then a thought comes to me: “Well, that’s all well and good for this man, but what of all those who have carried such questions silently within their hearts, yet are denied satisfaction?” Well, dear reader, suffer in silence no longer: I have come down from my cloud to lift you from confusion and doubt into the bosom of enlightenment.

Where’s the new videos, hoss?

Glad you asked! We’re going to be gearing up for another round of production soon. In the meantime, Super Deluxe still has a backlog of videos that have yet to be posted on their site, so expect to see those shortly. We’d prefer that they be published immediately, of course; but then, we’d also prefer that there be a new episode of The Office every day, and that’s not gonna happen either. Rest assured, new videos are coming.

What’s up with November’s Very Fresh?

Unfortunately, it’s canceled. (For those of you who have never seen this blog before, Very Fresh is our monthly show at the UCB Theatre.) Though I can’t confirm the details as of yet, the word is that a certain prominent comedienne may or may not be hosting a certain show that may or may not be related to a certain writers’ strike. All vagary aside, though, the fact of the matter is that our show was bumped to make way for Something Really Cool, so I encourage you to keep an eye on the UCB’s schedule.

So when’s the next time I can see you guys live?

That would be December 15th at midnight at the UCB Theatre. We’ll be posting the guest list soon, but it’s shaping up to be a great show. More details soon!

Hey, speaking of which, what do you guys think of the writers’ strike?

We support it fully. And frankly, we can’t stop talking about it. As young comedians who hope to soon be working in the television and film industries, it’s nothing short of inspiring to see so many of the writers and performers we admire out on the picket lines. If you’re not sure where you stand on the issue, I suggest watching this video by the writers and cast of The Office, or reading this opinion piece by the co-creator of Lost; both explain, in clear terms, how the studios are trying to avoiding paying the writers for their work. And considering that, in the future, we’d like to be paid for our work as well, we think the strike is a pretty good idea.

What’s Olde English’s favorite TV show?

Are you kidding? Kid Nation, for sure. Ignore everything you’ve heard about the show — it’s inventive, challenging, and addictive. It’s the show Nickelodeon has always wanted to make but never, ever could. It’s also the only show that all of us watch every single week, and our Thursday-morning meetings now require half an hour of watercooler talk before we can get started. (Raphael, the biggest fan, loved the show so much that he created a mean-spirited message-board contest based on a recent episode.) Seriously, just watch the damn show already.

Oh hey, didn’t I see you guys on TV?

You did! A month or two ago, Raphael and I were in a series of Comedy Central promos for the Helio Ocean line of phones. (Their tagline is “Don’t call it a phone!“, which is weird, because it’s a phone.) They were only aired during a single episode of “Friday Night Standup”, so if you saw them that means you are really good at not blinking. Overall, though, the experience was a ton of fun. Raphael and I were given free reign to develop the characters however we liked (our choices: “Spazzy Ken Swizzle” and “Mordo the Scientist”), and being in the center of a thirty-person shoot was an educational experience in itself. We think the spots came out quite well, but judge for yourself:

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Here are the rest of the spots: 1, 2, 3, 4. (The first features fellow New York comedians Chris Principe and Sara Taylor, who were a blast to work with.)

That’s all for now. Any questions?

16 Comments on “You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers”

  1. Loreto Says:

    Dear Olde English,
    I’m not here to say I’m your greatest fan, that I’ve been watching you since you started, know every name of your sketches and the name of every single one of you that appears on them. – Cause I don’t .
    I’ve been watching for quite a long time, maybe since 2004, and I can honestly say I love you guys.
    I live in Chile (South America), speaking Spanish as my home language, and must say… we do not sympathies what we call “Humor Gringo” – which can be translated as “U.S. people humor” – … but you guys, you are different. You completely blew my mind away with smart, witty, and beyond original sketches. I have caught myself checking your page on daily bases to see if you have posted something new, same thing with Super Delux.
    I’m really happy you’re doing so well, that a lot of doors are opening for you, that you have live presentations, etc etc. (even though I can’t really go and see you, I’m hoping you make a hit tv show, which will some day be bought by a local cable company and air it down here)

    I can’t say you’ve changed my life… but I can honestly say you’ve made it happier.

    I know Americans don’t kiss hello or goodbye, but we do. So I send you lot’s of hugs and kisses. – to everyone there-.

    Loreto

    Ps: I would’ve loved to post something longer, but this was hard enough. (My word language corrector it’s over heated – as I said before, I speak Spanish – I just hope what I wrote makes sense).

    And I am a girl… just in case – since my name ends with an “o”… I didn’t want you guys to be confused.-

    ^^

  2. Adam Says:

    Aw, thank you, Loreto! That’s one of the nicest (and coolest!) comments we’ve ever received! (And probably makes you our furthest-away fan!)

  3. feee Says:

    KidNation… my uncle watches that show. So does my granma, they told me it was good, but truthfully I can not trust their jugdement. But I CAN trust YOUR jugdement, so I’ll give it a try.

  4. feee Says:

    maybe not.

  5. Jubul Says:

    You guys are great. I’m proud that you’re breaking into the whole television scene, even if it’s just a commercial for helio. (..is it or isn’t it a phone?) Anyway, I love you guys.

    ..and I’m waiting for your new videos on Super Deluxe. Waiting, waiting, waiting.

  6. Kenny Says:

    Ha, I actually saw those tv spots when they first aired. It was pretty surprising, but they were also hilarious.

  7. Tim The Tyrant Says:

    You guys suck so great :-O

  8. sarah hayley Says:

    Loreto’s note is totally sweet, but way to ignore a good handful of Australian ex-active board members, Adam. Get with the program! Also, Loreto, your english is pretty damn good if you ask me.

  9. Adam Says:

    sarah, as far as I’m concerned, Chile is a lot further away from here than Australia. Not literally, but you know. The other kind.

  10. sarah hayley Says:

    Well, then, what about Estonia?

  11. Loreto Says:

    Oh my!
    You read it!
    You answered!

    Not enough words to explain how happy I am!

    *An emoticon might do the trick…*

    =D

  12. lunchgirl Says:

    Dear you,

    Thanks a lot for posting that link to Kid Nation. I have spent the last 7 hours watching. Now I’m gonna be sad when I have to work on Wednesday nights.

    Love,
    Me

  13. Asif Says:

    ahaha

    never saw these spots. you guys are special.

  14. Brian Says:

    I love Kid Nation.

  15. Valerie Says:

    Okay, I am soo glad that someone else loves kid nation as much as i did! None of my friends watched it, so you know that awkward feeling you get when you’re watching t.v. all alone and then something exciting happens and you get all excited so you look over to share you excitement with someone.. and no one is there? Yeah.. pretty much every episode!

    Anyways, thanks for the update which I’m 2 months late for

  16. DF Says:

    Eroticonss…mmm! haha
    Made me laugh – and something flew from my nose into my coffee. Damn you!

    The Lost sketch was awesome too!

    BTW, I’m from Brasil (Chile Is still further away though)

    Hey Raphael (and others), check out my webcomic, Modern Love (website link)
    []s
    DF

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