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Season One

Episode One
Leprechaun Opening
Sam Drinking Mt. Dew
Library Gangs
Sam Drinking More Mt. Dew
Real Stories of the Hallway Patrol 1
Real Stories of the Hallway Patrol 2
Sam Drink ALL the Mt. Dew

A good way to start a sketch comedy show is to rip something off. Stealing the “I’m the Leprechaun!” gag from the movie Wayne’s World, the show opens and moves to the sketch Library gangs. Shot with the director, Frank, reading a list of questions with some general ideas of answers, it is the most scripted sketch in the first episode. Unlike the clever mockumentary Spinal Tap, which used an outline and improv to create comic genius, RASH used laziness and making-it-up-as-we-went-along to create slightly humorous effects. The Real Stories of the Hallway Patrol 2 sketch’s script is literally as follows:

“Sam goes to library and sees Josh. Josh heads to locker room where Brian is waiting. Sam follows.”

That sketch went on an unbearable 15 minutes. In one shot! Very Robert Altman of us, no? No it is not. But we learned a lot, and one of those things was that we needed five members (5 Kids in the Hall, 5 Pythons– six if you count Gilliam!) We added John.

Episode Two
Nude Woman
Freshman’s Homecoming Float
A Musical Interlude*
Two Dogs, Mosquitoes, Cats in Love*
How Not To Eat Candy From a Vending Machine*
Padding*
Two Monkeys in Love*
Bed and Breakfast*
Two Worms in Love*
I’d Rather Watch…*
Good Son, Bad Son
How Not To End A Show

Still considered the best episode, RASH peaked early thanks to Sam’s 12 hour Monty Python binge. In the next few days, feeling he’d discovered the secret to their comedy was normal situations plus a twist plus an odd character, Episode Two was written quickly. It included the best use of short running gags, and sketches that didn’t run to long. Scripts per say were still out of the equation but outlines were more fleshed out and generally discussed prior to filming. If only we’d moved on to the theory of a “second take”. This episode, if any, would be the one to place in archives.

Episode Three (Lost)
Frank’s Pee
Power Walker
Chair Racing
The Quentin Tarantino Happy Fun Hour

Episode Three, the “Lost Episode”, was filmed in a day and edited another. A script for a third episode had been written. It included a revamped version of Bed and Breakfast, however, when Frank told Sam it was due in two days the plan was ditched in favor of quickness. The opening for this episode was Frank (we think). It was a POV shot of him peeing. Ripping off was our greatest ability (at the time we called in an homage, but like the Charlie’s Angles movies, they were actually just rip offs). A direct steal from Adam Sandler, our longest pee video included the idea that Frank forgets to turn off the camera and holds it on his shoulder while “peeing”. This sounds funnier than it was. The Power Walker sketch was meant to be shot in the mall, but it was shot on the highway outside in March. Maybe we didn’t put it in the episode since the dialogue was ruined by wind. At least we shouldn’t have. There were other sketches, as of now lost.

Episode Four (Also Lost)
Ancient Chinese Secret
Sausage Guys
Substitute Teacher
Chinese Cowboy

The “Also Lost Episode” is not entirely lost. We still have the footage in original form but don’t know how we constructed it. Again, we had some general ideas but with the failure of Episode Three’s script and general laziness we fell back to the outline idea. Some of these were outright horrendous and should NEVER be placed online.

Episode Five
Josh Wants to Open
Drive Through Pizza Place 1*
Clones
Drive Through Pizza Place 2*
Can I be in the Band 2
Hootie and the Stone Temple Bush Jam
Drive Through Pizza 3*
Can I be in the Band 3
Drive Through Pizza 4*
Ze Janitor*
Drive Through Pizza 5*
Get Rid of the Clones

Not a Bad episode in retrospect. Ze Janitor was a long monologue made up as it was filmed with some planning. The voice was suppose to be French but quickly turned to Adam Sandler’s Goat Character. It made a good segway into the Drive Through Pizza bits which worked quite well if too long. This episode also featured Richie Sutcliffe quite a bit. He didn’t return for another episode however. For some reason we also forgot to edit in the first of the Can I Be in the Band sketch which sets up the other 2 Can I Be in the Band sketches. Silly us.

Episode Six
Dedication
Fang Boy
The V-Slicer
Garage Sale
Captain Coffee’s Kiddie Coral
Interview with the Camera

Also known as “The Violence Episode”, this episode was dedicated to a guy who worked in Madison who was absolutely huge but talked with this little girl voice. So in it, two of us used that little voice before beating up our only customer in Garage Sale. And Captain Coffee’s Kiddie Coral involved hitting children, an all time American favorite. Interview With the Camera was the worst bit of all time. Shot month before and then abandoned, I can only assume it was added here for padding.

*These sketches and more appear on the Best of Classic RASH compilation
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Season Two

Episode Seven
Dick Nixon
Evil Twin
The Andy-Christ
Sporks

You may notice a lack of Brian in this episode. That’s because on filming day, we lost him. Finally we called his house and found that he had his wisdom teeth taken out and was a bit too loopy on Codeine to do anything but sleep. So, no Brian. Sporks was a remake of Fang Boy… or maybe it was the other way around… can’t remember. Either we thought the sporks idea was good enough for its own episode or we thought Fang Boy was. We really can’t remember which is which. Dick Nixon was truly one of the great openings, Satan lights and all.

The Dick Nixon sketch is available in the Best of Classic RASH compilation

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Pool Sharks

A short film shot for Season Two was a huge upgrade. It involved a few takes (yes, SECOND TAKES) and much heavier editing and shot composition. The general idea was a rip-off of Kingpin. The ending was truly a question. So, I just put a pool cue in my mouth and made the shot. If I got it, the ending would be happy. If not, sad. That said, Josh thinks that Pool Sharks should not be put up on the website and is "really really bad". Sam begs to differ, and says that it is merely "really bad".

Download "Pool Sharks" (41.2 Megabytes, iPod Formatted)

Space Saga 4

This is our most glorious project, kinda. It was the sequel to Space Saga, a short film made by Josh and Frank in middle-school. It was rewritten by John and Sam mostly with more rip offs and homage's than you could imagine. Blues Brothers, Adam Sandler, Terminator 2, Star Trek, Star Wars, Super Mario (he had a cameo), Holy Grail, and even Richie Sutcliffe — Super Guy (a short made by others in the class). I think we had second takes, and enough montages to choke a camel. Some nasty computer graphics were also there. The final outcome… pretty poor. But that was to be corrected the following year. Other friends made appearances, some to become full fledged members of the RASH troop in the future.

The Florida Tapes

The Florida Tapes were a bad idea from the start. It so happened that the entire RASH team and then some were going down to Florida for spring break. We thought it would be great to bring a camera along, maybe film an episode of RASH on location. Of course, coming up with a script or even some ideas before going would have been a good idea. What we filmed was an unrepentant 6 hours of footage. Some of it involved conversations about reality TV shows that involved starving people before feeding them to rats, a disquieting contest involving who out of the group has the most hair per body region, musings about Waffle Houses (something many of us had never encounterd in frosty Wisconsin), and a recording of a hotel TV as Real Sex was playing caps off the last tape. From this 6 hour stash, we used approx. 5 seconds in an acctual project. We plan to edit the tapes down to a little montage and include it on a DVD in the future. In the near-er future, we may put a few clips from it here on the site.

Season Three

Space Sage 4—The Special Edition

The next year Sam and Brian B. graduated and left RASH. Brian D. came into the picture much more prominently. The script was patched up and the re-filming occurred. In the technical sense, it was far superior, including improved composition and sound. Some chemistry was missing and some of the sequences that were tailored to Sam and Brian (one specifically between them) didn’t work at all with new people. But improvements a plenty made for a better feature, and nearly the end of RASH.

Season Four

Episode Eight
(The Final Episode)
Rhubarb Man
Hell
Bake Sale
Be Like Frank

Josh and Frank were now gone as well. John and Brian D. ran the show. Other new members included Cam and Tavis (who had a small part in Episode Two). What can one say about Hell? The best sketch, hands down. It was technically above all others and more thought out. Hell is an all around great place, with really high quality carnival snacks. And Rhubarb Man? Nobody expects Rhubarb Man!

Rhubarb Man and Hell appear in the Best of Classic RASH compilation.
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Other Classical Work

We start with a short made for and English class. This is the true beginnings of RASH. Before there was a concept and a name, Frank and Sam worked on a number of short projects for various history and English classes. The first was a short about the Underground Railroad. Given a one page script/outline by Frank, Sam fleshed it to a five page script in the form of a Dr. Seuss book. Yes, a Dr. Seuss book about the Underground Railroad….filmed with Frank as the runaway slave (forgive us, we grew up in a high school that combined two towns totally 3000 white Christians and 3 minorities). The two edited the footage together for the first collaborative effort. Later came the Fugitive Slave Law Act, starring Sam as the Slave, Brian B as the Slave Owner, Slave’s Mother, and Harriet Tubman, and John as the cameraman/narrator.

Luckily most all of this work has been lost. However, we’ve found one atonal little morsel made in 97-98.

Download "Edgar Allen Poe - The Musical" (17.9MB, iPod Formatted)