The Exquisite Corpse Project, 2012 - ★★★½

The Exquisite Corpse Project, 2012 - ★★★½

"Have you ever noticed that the world we live in is really, really, weird?" - Adayit (Megan Raye Manzi)

Not exceptionally funny but still wryly amusing thanks to its brilliant concept. Five friends who are members of a comedy sketch troupe 'Olde English' that over the past couple of years have gone their own separate way. Decide to get the olde band back together by making a film. The catch being its made 'exquisite corpse' style, with each writer only knowing a brief fragment of the previous members contribution. The finished story (that of course becomes secondary) plays out during the film while the troupe collectively riff around it, often breaking away fully in meta styled real life documentary chunks.

I'm politely late to the NY internet collective 'Olde English' brand of comedy, but having really enjoyed Raphael Bob-Waksbergs surrealist 'BoJack Horseman' recently, figured I should give their work a whirl. Exquisite Corpse Project works best when the writers are trying to stitch each other up by making the story so hard or inanely dull to follow. Like the film-within-the-film its not fully realized, but definitely worth seeing, especially to anyone with passing interests in comedy or the communal writing process.

Originally taken from Letterboxd

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