One of the best things that can happen to a comedy addict like me is being reunited with a sketch team I previously loved, and then rather stupidly, completely forgot the name of. You can hold your jokes of “If they were that good, you wouldn’t have forgotten them!” right in your venomous throats. I have a lot on my mind; some of it is going to slip through. I forgot my girlfriend’s birthday this year for example. Though she phrases it as “I forgot we just broke up” but that’s picking nits.
So anyway I recently re-found these refreshing comedians doing what they do best under the name Handsome Donkey (which should have been harder to forget). It’s a different kind of comedy then most new media sketch teams. Think one part surreal, with another few parts subtle and then 100 times the production value and cinematic expertise.
While this first sketch is nearly 3 times longer than most of their work, it’s still the only thing worthy of starting off your donkey experience. Sorry, I mean Handsome Donkey experience… what happens in Tijuana stays in Tijuana.
This BTW is the sketch that brought them to my attention, and one of my top five long form sketches of all time:
I love that. Why? Because it’s funny and it’s a very poignant exploration of the use of montage in movies. I am also strangely charmed by the inclusion of the young girl in it as a main character. Considering how hard it is to find actors and actresses that can be funny at that age, and the general trend in more and more “adult” content in sketch, this is a rare find indeed. This girl is pretty funny btw, and I wonder why she’s not in more stuff instead of the insipid Dakota Fannings of the world…
Wait isn’t Dakota like 30 now? Did anyone see Push? Anyone? I digress…
Here is another charming offering from the boys and another send up of over-used video tropes. This one gets a little awkward…
That’s funnier to me than I think it probably should be. Of course this has a lot to do with their commitment to the joke, and less about how deeply funny the joke is. These guys continually remind me of the comedy style typified in the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. This may also be because of all the 80’s music and references.
So I’m not the only person who feels for these charming 80’s obsessed cinematographers turned comedians turned cinematographers. Crackle also contracted them to produce a series of shorts all about two dudes in an office playing “Would you rather?” Here are a few of them:
That ought to make the right point about their work. It’s all so much more subtle than current sketch online but somehow just as funny and weirdly compelling. Plus something about these guys is just charming. I’ve noticed a lot of the guys who are good at comedy are also huge jerks… and I feel like these guys would help me paint my house. Is that strange? Probably not.
Look for more of the Handsome Donkey at their website here: http: /handsomedonkey.com/
On top of sketch work they also post faux-news articles for The Onion from time to time. It’s pretty good, but the shorts, sketches, and the rest are where they really shine. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see these guys taking on longer form projects like television and film very soon.