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Published on October 23rd, 2006 | by Iris Hogan


JIBJAB and Landis present the Great Sketch Experiment

ShareShare on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on Twitter, the political jokesters who rocked the nation with their 2004 election spoof, is holding a nationwide short film competition known as “The Great Sketch Experiment.” Six shorts have been chosen to work with director John Landis. The winner gets a $10,000 and a development deal with Jibjab. Each comedic short spoofs our beloved criminal justice system.

The Competitors:

  • Elephant Larry – a New York City based sketch comedy group notorious for winning the Sketch Fights Competition at “Carolines” on Broadway.
  • Train of Thought – a sketch comedy troupe based in Seattle, Washington.
  • Famous Last Nerds – the duo, based in Los Angeles, recently completed staff writing 10 episodes of Robot Chicken on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. They are currently working on a contemporary version of cartoon classic “Underdog”.
  • Riegel & Blatt – comedy writers based in Los Angeles, won the 2004 Austin Film Festivals Teleplay Competition for their Curb Your Enthusiasm spec script.
  • Mark & Ari – the duo, based in New York, have been performing improv, sketch and standup since 1997.
  • Karla – the Los Angeles based duo has spent five years traveling the world of sketch anywhere from the Chicago Sketch Festival to the ImprovAcadia in Bar Harbor Maine.

Personal favorites go to “Small World” by Mark & Ari, “Tall Cop Short Cop” by Elephant Larry, and “Tom and Tina” by Train of Thought; “Small World” and “Tom and Tina” edge out for the tie. You can watch the sketch shorts now at and vote for your favorite team. Don’t forget to let me know which sketch pieces you love and which you hate.

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  • JackBauer007

    I dunno, I thought Tall Cop Short Cop was too slapstick.

  • Tony

    MARK & ARI ALL THE WAY!!!!!!!

  • Jackie

    Not a fan of the Karla sketch. I thought “Tom and Tina” was superb!

  • Jean

    Come on guys — it’s all about LOOSE CANNON. Cheesy, hilarious and unexpected.

    Tom & Tina… eh.

  • Bags

    truth be told, when the daughter dropped the gun on the table and said “i’m telling mommy” the Bag Man nearly spat his chai out. Bags’ vote is still at the jury though

  • Kristin

    Tom and Tina!

  • Henrick

    I second that —- Tom n Tina

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