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I do comedy, comics, and write about pretty much most things entertainment related. So that's nice.

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"Elephant Larry’s Treehouse: Deep Impact" - New @elephantlarry Treehouse episode! I directed and edited, and appear briefly. But Geoff and Stefan carry it. The fighting in this sketch may be one of my favorite things ever.

Oh, and for those who have been asking, there are two more Treehouse episodes coming out soon, which will complete the first “season” of the show.

"Bear Goggles" - A special Valentine’s Day treat from @elephantlarry.

I directed, edited, and shot this one. Fun facts: Jeff is an ugly girl, and Stefan is a cute but terrifying bear. Geoff and Chris are some guys or something.

Also, this was shot in my cousin’s bar! He came in halfway through the shoot, which he only knew was a sketch, with no details, and saw a guy in drag, a bear hanging out, and a dude with a tranq gun. He left quickly.

"Elephant Larry’s Treehouse - The Pilot" - This is a pilotized version @elephantlarry made of the two Treehouse sketches, before splitting ‘em up for YouTube. As a bonus, I posted the Behind The Scenes I made, which you can check out here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJRoVkse2nU

"Con Air Rap" - Brand new @elephantlarry sketch! I edited and directed, @solomaniac laid down the phat beats, and Con Air continued to be awesome, as always.

Salty language in this one, so if you want a SFW version, you can watch that here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcfbcHS8ePI

'Rudolph The Regular Reindeer' - Written, acted, and produced by Elephant Larry (with one voice by Mamrie Hart) and College Humor; awesome animation by Chelsea Manifold.

Technically I think I directed this, but honestly, it was all the Chelsea and the CH dudes doing a rad job, and me saying, “You guys are doing a rad job!”

Couple of other notes:

  • Jeff did an awesome job laying down the track and editing together the vocals.
  • Jeff also plays Blitzen, along with Mamrie Hart as Donner. Chris is the doctor and Santa, Geoff is the snowman, I’m Rudolph, and Stefan is all of the other reindeer. Normally Stefan plays Donner, but that was a level of weird we didn’t want to add to the sketch.

"The Sneeze!" - New Elephant Larry/Comedy Thunder video, and a good reason to be careful this Winter cold and flu season.

Because hey, why not, I thought I’d start posting some of my old/never performed/never to be performed again sketches online, with commentary about them. And I will call it, “Sketch Time Machine!” And it will be good. Hopefully.

Year Written: 2002

I actually still like this sketch quite a bit, though it never made it into a show. It does need a polish, and in general, the jokes could probably be punchier; but I think the structure is pretty solid, and the game is good, too. So what held it back? Basically, this is as inside baseball as you can get: it’s a sketch written for other sketch comedians.

The idea (which you’ll see when you read the sketch) is based off of a typical recurring premise in sketch comedy. Those sorts of sketches aren’t off limits, they’re just not preferable for two reasons:

1) You shouldn’t count on the majority of your audience being sketch comedians.

2) Don’t give away trade secrets.

The second was what came up the most when discussing this one, that if we did it on stage, it would point out to the audience a formula of sketch that we do time and time again. And if we did that, it would not only make them wise to what we were doing in the future, it would make them foolish for being taken in by it the past. So we never did it, and that’s probably a good thing.

Some sketches are just too good to be shared, am I right? Not this one, but you know, in general.

NOTES:

  • This sketch went through a TON of revisions and re-writes. So many, in fact, that I’m not 100% sure this was the final version. If I remember correctly, at one point, it was even a trilogy.
  • Just so you know I’m not posting everything I’ve ever written, I actually skipped past several sketches in my files before I got to this one. Those weren’t worth even putting up, because they were too half-formed, and poorly written. In case you’re wondering what the ideas were, though, they were: a peach tries to find his family on the NYC subway, but everyone ignores him; two aliens complain about all the stupid satellites dumber aliens send into space; and Jeff Solomon gets blamed for 9/11. Yay.

Here’s the sketch:

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"Happy Birthday, Spaceship!"

I directed this one for Elephant Larry, Chris & Stefan did a rad job on acting, and Stefan knocked it out of the park with edits & FX. Everyone else did an okay job, I GUESS.

Another low-res tease for the upcoming Elephant Larry/College Humor Holiday video. Can you guess what it is yet?

Another low-res tease for the upcoming Elephant Larry/College Humor Holiday video. Can you guess what it is yet?

Elephant Larry has two of my favorite Holiday sketches coming out this year on video… One we’re doing for Comedy Thunder, one for College Humor.
This is a very, very low res still from the CH one - but I guarantee, when you see it full-res and moving, you’re gonna freak out. Well, I did.
More soon…

Elephant Larry has two of my favorite Holiday sketches coming out this year on video… One we’re doing for Comedy Thunder, one for College Humor.

This is a very, very low res still from the CH one - but I guarantee, when you see it full-res and moving, you’re gonna freak out. Well, I did.

More soon…