Christmas is a time of togetherness, acceptance. A time to forget about our differences and break bread, with cherished loved ones and new acquaintances alike. We are all family at Christmas. So, it is in that spirit that we present this tale of a square peg being welcomed to the family table. All of the characters are revealed to be flawed, and we learn that the greatest gift of all is to be true to one’s self. Of course, Christmas is also a time of steadfast moral clarity, so we should remind you not to let the title character off the hook for being the sickest freak of them all. Happy Holidays from Wrestling Team!
Everything in Hollywood is a remake these days. Or a remake of a remake. The movie biz is turning in on itself, and everyone is eating themselves alive in an orgy of death and cannibalism. So, we thought, why not join in the feast!
“The Bones of Crazy Randy” is a remake of the very first video Wrestling Team ever made: “An Appliance to Murder”. Originally written for a Film Kitchen short contest “Appliance” broke the only two rules the contest had: 1) to be about an appliance (it wasn’t) and 2) to be no more than 4 minutes in length (it wasn’t). The story of a rabbi doomed to eternal life and of a bar mitzvah gone divinely wrong is still weird and fun, and we always wanted to do something proper with it. We still don’t have the equipment we need to really do it up right, but until we get real jobs, an office-chair-as-a-dolly will have to suffice.
Wrestling Team are bitter, petty little failures, and naturally we resent those who have gotten the breaks in life we rightfully deserve. And what better target for our ire than the privileged, blue-blooded co-opters of Vampire Weekend? Hey, if our ancestors had the good sense to be rich, it would be us skanking on Paul Simon’s grave right now, not you turds! The class war is coming, dudes, so watch your backs! By the way, if we hit the Powerball we’re switching sides. Also, “Contra” is pretty great.
We wrote a comic book in 2008 based on two characters we had created: Vun Kleinlin, the celebrity ghost, and Thalia, the conservative muse of comedy. The two are joined together by a mystical fuck up, which explains why Vun would have to hang out with someone as horrible as Thalia. The comic (which you can order by sending us an e-mail at email@example.com) was drawn by our pal and Wrestling Team family member Beano. Beano then helped us make the first of what hopefully will be many Vun K and Thalia cartoons.
Mark and I used National Sketch Writing Month last September to try and discipline ourselves to write more normal sketches. For the most part, we were successful, but by the end of the month, I was feeling incredibly antsy and just wanted to let loose. The result is Laugh Stains #3: an infomercial about Phantoms! This is also my first attempt at using Final Cut Pro to animate. And also the third appearance of our new omnicorp Xrntivy International! So many milestones!
Wrestling Team is back with more Laugh Stains! Laugh Stains, the comedy video podcast that n’everyone is n’talking about has returned for round two! This week, Wrestling Team is burning up the charts with a club banger that two-steps with Death. Remember, you cannot truly fight until you have faced your enemy. Let go, embrace your destiny, and join The Skull in battle.
It’s the dawn of a new era for Wrestling Team: the premiere of our re-branded video podcast, “Laugh Stains!” Laugh Stains will offer the same Wrestling Team-style chuckles that you have come to expect but in a more visually-interesting package. And at a more consistent pace. So subscribe to our feed, or whatever it is …that you do with these things. Another goal of ours is to understand what Web 2.0 means. The first Laugh Stains Adventure, “Love & Death,” was inspired by the Chris Morris series “Jam.” We are lip-syncing to an audio sketch that we did for Unicorn Mountain, and we can only hope to achieve even a fraction of the cognitive dissonance that is Morris’ stock in trade. Enjoy.