Olde English (sketch comedy)

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Olde English
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Members of Olde English in 2010 (from left): Ben Popik, Raphael Bob-Waksberg, David Segal, Caleb Bark, and Adam Conover
MediumFilm, theatre
Years active2002–2013
GenresSketch comedy
MembersCaleb Bark
Raphael Bob-Waksberg
Joel Clark
Adam Conover
Jon Dame
Tavit Geudelekian
Adam Janos
Jesse Novak
Ben Popik
Suzanne Richardson
Shira Sandler
Hana Scott-Suhrstedt
David Segal
Websitewww.oldeenglish.org Edit this at Wikidata

Olde English was an American sketch comedy troupe based in New York City. The group published over 100 comedy shorts on the Internet,[1] and performed live at several venues and festivals in the US.


Olde English was formed by a group of students at Bard College, and was originally conceived by Ben Popik. While traveling in Europe during the summer of 2002, Popik chose the name for the group and began writing some of the early sketches. In the fall of 2002, Popik returned to Bard and held auditions for the group.[2] Olde English consisted of Adam Conover, Ben Popik, Raphael Bob-Waksberg, Dave Segal, and Caleb Bark in 2013, although several others have joined and left over the years.[3]

Olde English produced videos for its website since 2002, usually posting one sketch every two weeks.[4] In 2004, Olde English released its first self-produced DVD, Gorilla Warfare.[5]

The group gained increased popularity in 2003 when their video "Gym Class" became a viral hit.[citation needed] In 2006, the group released a video titled "One Picture Every Day", starring Ben Popik and featuring an original song by former member Jesse Novak.[6] The sketch is a parody of an internet phenomenon popularized by Noah Kalina and Jonathan Keller. The video was seen on Good Morning America[7] as well as a Mountain Dew ad campaign.[8] On January 17, 2007, Olde English announced that its videos would be regularly featured on the comedy website Super Deluxe.[9]

Olde English performed live at the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival (2005),[10] the San Francisco Sketchfest (2005–2007)[11] and the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival (2007).[12]

Olde English's "Free NYC Rap", a rap music video protesting the restrictions for independent New York City filmmakers that were proposed in Fall 2007, was nominated for a 2007 ECNY award.[13]

Other projects[edit]

The members of Olde English—along with former members Joel Clark and Jesse Novak, as well as longtime collaborator Chioke Nassor—completed their first feature film, The Exquisite Corpse Project in 2012. The film first premiered at festivals in June 2012, and became available for commercial download at the end of April 2013.[14]


  1. ^ "Olde English video archive". Retrieved 2007-04-02.
  2. ^ "Olde English message board: "Frequently Asked Questions"".
  3. ^ "Olde English Blog - "Where's Olde English?"".
  4. ^ "Archive of sketches published by Olde English in 2006". Retrieved 2007-04-01.
  5. ^ "Olde English message board: "Gorilla Warfare! Free!"". Retrieved 2007-04-01.
  6. ^ "YouTube - "Ben Takes a Picture of Himself Every Day"". Retrieved 2007-04-02.
  7. ^ "Olde English blog - "Olde English on Good Morning America!"". Retrieved 2007-04-02.
  8. ^ ""Stay Sharp" Mountain Dew ad campaign site". Retrieved 2007-04-01.
  9. ^ "Big Announcement – Super Deluxe".
  10. ^ "Chicago Sketchfest: 2005 Groups".
  11. ^ "San Francisco Sketchfest Archive".
  12. ^ Frankel, Daniel (2007-02-27). "Variety Magazine: "Festival Streams Online Laughs"".
  13. ^ "ECNY Awards: 2007 Nominees".
  14. ^ "Security Check Required". Retrieved 30 May 2016.

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