What's Going On in The Wide Wide World of Comedy Fiends?!

What have we been up to? Short answer: Lots of stuff, dawgs.

For the long answer, read on.

The month of January was spent prepping for our Z-Fest Film Festival short entitled Invest in Yourself. If you're a die-hard Comedy Fiends fan you know that that was actually what one of our previous shorts was entitled. Well, we remade it. YES. We pulled a Hollywood and we revamped it HARD. You can check the original below. 

We added a few bells and whistles to this version, plus we co-produced it with Woolly Rhino Productions to make it extra legit. We'll release it online sometime after March 9th, because that's when it screens at the festival. You can check out a bunch snazzy behind the scenes photos below, but first...

There is one more thing you should know. We're releasing a completely new short in March that relates to St. Patrick's Day. And then in April we're going to release another one which has already been shot. You know what? We're going to be giving you a lot of goods this year so stay tuned and give us a shout whenever to show us that you're there, because we like hearing from you. Stay frosty and enjoy an assload of behind-the-scenes photos below.

 Our lead Joe and Comedy Fiends regular, Nathan, discussing thermodynamics. 

Our lead Joe and Comedy Fiends regular, Nathan, discussing thermodynamics. 

 Our actress Kelli trying to remember where the nearest White Castle is located. She eventually figured it out.

Our actress Kelli trying to remember where the nearest White Castle is located. She eventually figured it out.

 Joe demanding his own trailer with a water bed in it. Yes, a water bed. We thought those died in 1996 too.

Joe demanding his own trailer with a water bed in it. Yes, a water bed. We thought those died in 1996 too.

 Assistant Camera, McKade, smashing equipment together. 

Assistant Camera, McKade, smashing equipment together. 

 Director Mike testing out his brand new look. We told him to stick with it. It worked for Dahmer. 

Director Mike testing out his brand new look. We told him to stick with it. It worked for Dahmer. 

 Writer/Producer Kellen acting like he's taking photos of people, but he's not. He doesn't even know what that thing is in his hands. 

Writer/Producer Kellen acting like he's taking photos of people, but he's not. He doesn't even know what that thing is in his hands. 

 This pig came onto our set, uninvited. We told him to leave, but he refused. He wanted to watch us work and we were like fine. You're welcome for that story.

This pig came onto our set, uninvited. We told him to leave, but he refused. He wanted to watch us work and we were like fine. You're welcome for that story.

 Cinematographer Bryce holding back vomit. 

Cinematographer Bryce holding back vomit. 

 Writer/Producer Billy drinks from a Seattle mug, dreams of Seattle. 

Writer/Producer Billy drinks from a Seattle mug, dreams of Seattle. 

 An essential prop hangs out. 

An essential prop hangs out. 

 A photo of another fat pig who just wanted to watch us work. 

A photo of another fat pig who just wanted to watch us work. 

 Someone's pants ripped. That's how you know it's going to be a good shoot.

Someone's pants ripped. That's how you know it's going to be a good shoot.

 A necessary black and white photo of everybody running around and Mike being blurry.

A necessary black and white photo of everybody running around and Mike being blurry.

 A black and white photo of Mike not being blurry.

A black and white photo of Mike not being blurry.

 Wow, there's a lot of elbow in this shot. 

Wow, there's a lot of elbow in this shot. 

 Joe in character, chilling in his filth.

Joe in character, chilling in his filth.

 Kelli and Joe just mad hanging out in between takes. 

Kelli and Joe just mad hanging out in between takes. 

 Bryce dreaming of chicken nuggets. 

Bryce dreaming of chicken nuggets. 

 Our murder-stab-stab-blood-gut room. 

Our murder-stab-stab-blood-gut room. 

 Bryce and McKade pose in front of their work. Really good work fellas. 

Bryce and McKade pose in front of their work. Really good work fellas. 

 This BAMF (Will) is the killer. Straight up fright all up in ya right now. Check your diapee 'cause it's probably full. 

This BAMF (Will) is the killer. Straight up fright all up in ya right now. Check your diapee 'cause it's probably full. 

 Dead guy Luke gets splashed with blood. 

Dead guy Luke gets splashed with blood. 

 Dead guy Luke busy being very dead. Good job, bud! 

Dead guy Luke busy being very dead. Good job, bud! 

 Will stabs Luke. Joe takes a photo. #memories

Will stabs Luke. Joe takes a photo. #memories

 He's a pro. Very relaxed on set. Very confident. Would not shut the hell up about how good  Justice League  was.

He's a pro. Very relaxed on set. Very confident. Would not shut the hell up about how good Justice League was.

 Just two pals having a TIGHT day. 

Just two pals having a TIGHT day. 

 Mike and Bryce at the Z-fest kickoff party going over the shot list for the next day.

Mike and Bryce at the Z-fest kickoff party going over the shot list for the next day.

 A god among men, our grip Trevor, stares at a wall. That's like all he did while on set. It was weird, but he helped out a little so we were like "Cool dude, you do you."

A god among men, our grip Trevor, stares at a wall. That's like all he did while on set. It was weird, but he helped out a little so we were like "Cool dude, you do you."

 A photo of God. 

A photo of God. 

 Another essential prop.

Another essential prop.

 Bryce complaining about how this mustache just won't leave his face.

Bryce complaining about how this mustache just won't leave his face.

 Director Mike messing around with a FAKE GUN. IT'S FAKE. 

Director Mike messing around with a FAKE GUN. IT'S FAKE. 

 Joe and Nathan working together like real adults. 

Joe and Nathan working together like real adults. 

 Nathan looking like he just skipped out on 5th hour study hall to get some soda at the gas station.

Nathan looking like he just skipped out on 5th hour study hall to get some soda at the gas station.

 Director Mike telling Joe and Nathan Dane Cook jokes. 

Director Mike telling Joe and Nathan Dane Cook jokes. 

 A photo of this shitty looking skull that was featured in the trailer for the first "Spooking Hour with Vincent Price." It somehow showed up on set. 

A photo of this shitty looking skull that was featured in the trailer for the first "Spooking Hour with Vincent Price." It somehow showed up on set. 

 Mike trying to stay warm and SUCCEEDING. 

Mike trying to stay warm and SUCCEEDING. 

 Bunch of dudes just hanging out trying to figure out life or some shit shut up.

Bunch of dudes just hanging out trying to figure out life or some shit shut up.

 Nathan? Joe? I can't tell anymore. 

Nathan? Joe? I can't tell anymore. 

 Joe scarfin' up like a boss. 

Joe scarfin' up like a boss. 

 Kelli tickling Nathan. HAHA. Oh wow, that's a good joke. 

Kelli tickling Nathan. HAHA. Oh wow, that's a good joke. 

 TWINS. 

TWINS. 

 Joe trying to take a nap. 

Joe trying to take a nap. 

 Bryce considering leaving and getting chicken mcnuggets. 

Bryce considering leaving and getting chicken mcnuggets. 

 Mike watching our talented actors rehearse while Nathan sleeps on the floor. 

Mike watching our talented actors rehearse while Nathan sleeps on the floor. 

Random Snaps

After our weekly Comedy Fiends meeting we decided to stand in the snow and take photos. 

 Convinced Billy to stand under a light. 

Convinced Billy to stand under a light. 

 The scene outside while writing. 

The scene outside while writing. 

 Not sure why both of us look pissed in every photo we take. 

Not sure why both of us look pissed in every photo we take. 

'Til next time. 

A CF Update

Greetings fellow fiends!

Sadly, we haven’t had time to produce a sketch to release this month because we’ve been occupied with holiday festivities and endless Nic Cage movie marathons. That being said, we’re still going to give you a nice little treat since we haven’t shared any new content since late December. We’ll dive into the Comedy Fiends archives and outline a selection of slightly humorous behind-the-scenes details regarding one of the sketches from 2016.

Last January we released “An Old Salt’s Tale” for all the world to see. A few folks loved it, many didn’t understand what in the wide wide world of sports was happening. The feedback from the folks that disliked it said it took way too long to reach the big, visual punchline at the end. There are many “jokes” we sprinkled throughout it, but they’re all in the dialogue, which is probably why it doesn’t register for the viewers that disliked it; visual punchlines are more successful than aural ones. Unless we’re talking about flatulence. Perfect example: the timeless Eddie Murphy film The Nutty Professor. :)

How did the idea for the Old Salt come to be? Billy and I dreamt up this ever-inebriated man via Facebook messages and text message chains. At the end of every text chain/FB message it was revealed the Old Man was either on the toilet or he didn’t have any pants on. Classy. Initially, it never occurred to us he’d be an old sailor, but we needed a reason for him to ramble for a ridiculous amount of time. That’s when we thought about the infamous Quint monologue from Jaws. We’d make the sketch an homage to one of the greatest monologues in film history. There are a several similarities between that scene and "An Old Salt's Tale,” the caliber of performance not being one of them.

Filming the big monologue in the bathroom went, for the most part, well. It was a heavy amount of dialogue to memorize and we had to do 8 to 10 takes. One moment I remember vividly is my cat springing onto a loosely attached shelf in the closet and knocking it down in the middle of a take. The shelf almost hit Mike, the cinematographer, which would’ve been a bad turn of events. Orson usually ends up knocking things over during shoots so it’s an occurrence we’re getting more and more accustomed to. Another blooper-esque detail: I ran baby powder through my hair to make it appear gray, but a small amount found a home on my peacoat collar. It’s clearly visible in the shot if you look for it. Congratulations if you noticed it on the first viewing. You win a pack of menthol cigarettes.

We filmed the exterior shots on a sidewalk right outside my apartment on a very frigid Sunday. It was -7, the perfect temperature to lay on a concrete sidewalk. Before we ventured into the cold, we concocted a fake blood mixture out of ketchup, chocolate, and antibacterial soap. Once we were outside, I quickly dumped the fake blood on the sidewalk to lay next to for the shot and it froze immediately. We stared at it. The blood looked like shit. Just a frozen blob plopped onto the sidewalk. Very unrealistic. We were so cold we decided to go with it. LET IT RIDE, BABY. We quickly grabbed a few takes and then hopped into my slightly warmer car to review them. We quickly realized we had to make a few adjustments even though our bodies didn't want to. We stepped out into the cold and did a few more takes. Eventually, we got it. As we drove away, we saw a guy walking his dog along the sidewalk and it started licking the frozen blob of fake blood. A few days later I checked to see if there was any sign of the fake blood on the sidewalk. Nothing. I imagine all of the neighborhood dogs walked past it and had a quick little snack. If that is the case, thanks for cleaning that up, guys. Really appreciate it. Hope that chocolate and soap didn’t murder your insides.

After having a year to reflect on what we’ve created, Billy and I are very satisfied with the final product, but acknowledge its imperfections. There’s always room for improvement. Give it another watch if you’re willing. Maybe you’ll pick up on the jokes buried in the dialogue. If you don’t, just remember: a lot of dogs ate fake blood to get this sketch made.

You’ll hear from us next month.

-Alastor Moody