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After a long absence, Sifl & Olly have made a triumphant return. After being pulled from MTV in 1999, Liam Lynch's slacker sock puppets have been resurrected to review fake video games (and sing about mother%&*in pie. (Previously.) Liam Lynch took questions at Gawker earlier this afternoon.
posted by dortmunder (47 comments total) 33 users marked this as a favorite

 
I'll take the risk of falling several miles below the usual standards for comments here and make the easy joke:

Crescent fresh!
posted by Ipsifendus at 1:01 PM on September 10, 2012 [4 favorites]


I have been waiting for this for so long!

If it turns out just to be Precious Roy making me a sucker again, I will most certainly not be crescent fresh.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 1:06 PM on September 10, 2012 [2 favorites]


rock!
posted by xbonesgt at 1:06 PM on September 10, 2012 [2 favorites]


Whatever.
posted by tommasz at 1:08 PM on September 10, 2012 [2 favorites]


BOOTY BONUS!
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 1:12 PM on September 10, 2012


Ok, having made a thoroughly useless comment, one made even more useless by the fact that it just repeats a joke made in the title of this post, I'll try to do better. The humor on the original "Sifl & Olly" show came closer than anything I've ever seen on TV to resembling the type of stuff that used to pass for humor between my friends and I back in the day.

As case in point: one of my friends in high school was taking a radio broadcasting class, and part of the class was doing small bits of the actual broadcasts on the local public radio station. He got assigned to do a weather report one day, which I heard as I was driving to school. I can remember it word for word:

"The weather today in the metropolitan area looks just great. We'll have falling hot rocks from the sun at about 12, and the at around 3 o'clock, or rather, exactly at 3 o'clock, according to my calculations, we'll have 50,000 mile an hour winds. So return to your homes and tidy up."

Sifl and Olly never featured a weather report skit, so far as I know, but if they had, wouldn't it have sounded more or less exactly like that?
posted by Ipsifendus at 1:15 PM on September 10, 2012 [2 favorites]


I'm hoping there is a lot of Zafo to come.
posted by cirrostratus at 1:17 PM on September 10, 2012


I've never heard of them, I guess they're the american version of Ed the Sock.
posted by Harpocrates at 1:17 PM on September 10, 2012


I'm a huge Sifl & Olly fan but this stuff isn't as funny as the original show, and I think that's mostly because it feels so much more scripted. One of the best things about Sifl & Olly was that you could tell most of it was just two guys recording themselves making stuff up as they went along (even during the songs). Since it was all done with puppets, they could record a huge amount of audio most of which probably wasn't funny, then edit it down to just the best parts, and act them out with puppets to make the show. I think they have abandoned that process for the new version and it's not nearly as good because of that.
posted by burnmp3s at 1:22 PM on September 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


As you might expect, I am excited about this.
posted by supercres at 1:23 PM on September 10, 2012 [17 favorites]


Also, Liam Lynch has mentioned that these new segments are entirely his work, with Matt Crocco just coming in at the end to record his voice parts. So yeah, it'll definitely have a different dynamic.

Still, it's given me an excuse to rerun my torrented episodes. Can't believe it hasn't been syndicated in the last ten years on one of MTV's Viacom sister station.
posted by supercres at 1:26 PM on September 10, 2012


Calls calls calls, calls from the public, calls calls calls...calls.
posted by joseph_elmhurst at 1:27 PM on September 10, 2012


well crap...I thought it was THIS olly.
posted by HuronBob at 1:28 PM on September 10, 2012


Sifl and Olly invented a lot of things, including front lawns.

Glad to have them back.
posted by xingcat at 1:33 PM on September 10, 2012


Also, it seems there may be news soon about the release of the MTV episodes. Rock!

I'm firing up the chicken-flavored air conditioning in anticipation.
posted by supercres at 1:34 PM on September 10, 2012


I am so happy that there is going to be more Sifl and Olly. It was one of the first shows that I watched with my now-husband in college, and I suspect that our relationship wouldn't be the same without it. It's ridiculous how many phrases from the show are part of our regular "vocabulary".

BUY MY POTATO POWERED PANTS! YOU GUYS ARE SUCKERS!
posted by ashirys at 1:35 PM on September 10, 2012


You have serious-ass pirate problems.
posted by Kitteh at 1:57 PM on September 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


I want to like this but... it's not as good as I remembered it back in the day, tbh.
posted by gen at 1:58 PM on September 10, 2012


Lately, Liam has been doing ridiculous parodies of electronic cigarette reviews on YouTube under the name RavenVapes5v510. I love Liam Lynch.
posted by jason_steakums at 2:01 PM on September 10, 2012


Oh, also, definitely give Liam's album Fake Songs a shot, he does dead-on Bjork- and Pixies-style songs among others.
posted by jason_steakums at 2:04 PM on September 10, 2012


"Every cigarette I light is a tiny smoke signal for the Angel of Death!"
posted by ph00dz at 2:06 PM on September 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


So excited. I was a junior in college when I watched them live on MTV. It's one of those things that just really takes you back to a happy place & time mentally. I still sing "prostitute laundry" to myself during boring meetings at work...
posted by cyclotronboy at 2:19 PM on September 10, 2012


I would watch Sifl & Olly illicitly late at night as a young teen and feel soooooo cool. I was always under the impression that it was shockingly ahead of its time. But it's been so long you'd think it'd feel outdated now.

The new episode was hilarious, and it hasn't changed a bit. And it felt perfectly current. Is it just that I was really impressionable and Sifl & Olly formed my tastes in weirdo short form video comedy, or is Silf & Olly why weirdo short form video comedy is the way it is today?

Overthinking it, I know. Eeeeee I'm so excited!
posted by Mizu at 2:33 PM on September 10, 2012


Wow, I think I just, non-ironically, made the squee noise when reading this.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 2:34 PM on September 10, 2012


Sifl & Olly? You mean those guys that used to hang out with Chester?
posted by Panjandrum at 2:44 PM on September 10, 2012


Motherfuckin' Pie has quickly entered the repertoire of Things I Sing At My Dogs, the highest honor I can bestow upon a song.
posted by unsupervised at 2:46 PM on September 10, 2012 [2 favorites]


Prostitute laundry!
posted by Rykey at 2:46 PM on September 10, 2012


(ROCK!)
posted by radwolf76 at 2:53 PM on September 10, 2012


Yay!
posted by likeatoaster at 2:53 PM on September 10, 2012


I've got laser eyes! And I know what you're thinking!
posted by kaibutsu at 3:03 PM on September 10, 2012 [1 favorite]


Does this mean the party at Dude's house is back on?
posted by whuppy at 3:10 PM on September 10, 2012


Am I old if my thought went to: Kukla, Fran and Ollie[1]?

*going to listen to my Spike Jones wax cylinders*

[1]Kukla, Fran and Ollie is an early American television show using puppets, originally created for children but soon watched by more adults than children. It did not have a script and was entirely ad-libbed. It first aired from 1947–1957.
posted by rough ashlar at 3:18 PM on September 10, 2012


I wore my Chester T-shirt until it was threadbare. Now maybe I can get a crescent fresh one.
posted by Mittenz at 3:47 PM on September 10, 2012


I don't know what Caesar thought when he got to the Ides of March...
posted by slkinsey at 4:11 PM on September 10, 2012


If it wasn't for Sifl and Olly, I'd never have learned how to get to llama school (which BTW are all real LA streets, that do not intersect).
posted by joechip at 4:57 PM on September 10, 2012


In Floridaaaa....?
posted by not_on_display at 7:52 PM on September 10, 2012


I want to like this but... it's not as good as I remembered it back in the day, tbh.

Have you stood up?
posted by en forme de poire at 7:59 PM on September 10, 2012 [2 favorites]


This made my day. Thanks.
posted by medusa at 8:49 PM on September 10, 2012


That robot took my sandwich.
posted by supercres at 8:58 PM on September 10, 2012


I now have too many linked tabs open and my entire day is looking like it will be nothing but Sifl & Olly. This will be a good day.
posted by Molesome at 2:53 AM on September 11, 2012


Thank you so much for posting! Olly's voice has matured. I look forward to Sifl macking on Olly's mom some more. And Chester looks ... Chesterier ... in HD!

If you need to reach me, I'll be up here in the cabinet!
posted by not_on_display at 4:06 AM on September 11, 2012


This is so exciting. I watched Sifl & Olly obsessively with my college friends, and this seems just as great as it was back then. Best of the web indeed.
posted by scottreynen at 6:22 AM on September 11, 2012


Rock 'n' roll friends check each other's books back in!!
posted by pupperduck at 10:38 AM on September 11, 2012


This is great news(!), but supercres's Gawker link is exactly what I've been waiting to hear for YEARS now. The "Season 3" DVD is fun and all but does not even begin to fill the void of not owning the two actual seasons of the show.
posted by jessypie at 10:48 AM on September 11, 2012


Here's the first video in the post, without the weird playlist link.

This is so crescent fresh.
posted by Pronoiac at 2:19 PM on September 11, 2012


Screw that, this is my united states of whatever.
posted by readygo at 5:20 PM on September 11, 2012


4 hours of the original stuff, in glorious low definition.
posted by Rykey at 4:32 AM on September 12, 2012


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