In a new blog feature called “BOTC Fan Fiction,” the members of Back of the Class contribute shortform fiction that we’re fans of (because we wrote it).
EXCERPTED PASSAGES FROM MITT ROMNEY’S PERSONAL CAMPAIGN JOURNAL
By Jesse Porter
2 June 2011
Officially announced my candidacy today! Extremely eager to hit the campaign trail and share my message of fiscally-sound federal governance with the American people. Also looking forward to increasing voter awareness of how rich I am. One of the great joys of the electoral process is being able to impress people by anecdotally making reference to my tremendous wealth, and I can’t wait to start sneaking some folksy, endearing allusions to my huge personal fortune into my speeches. (For some reason, Matt and the rest of the team have been cautioning me against this tactic; I suppose they think we should save our best stuff for the home stretch.)
5 July 2011
Ann and I hosted a $5,000-a-plate fundraiser in New York today. I had this great quip where I went, “five-thousand bucks? I guess we made it in time for the early bird special!” but I’m not sure if anybody heard. Feeling particularly jovial after inhaling some stray vapors wafting off of my guests’ glasses of La Tâche, I decided to pay for everybody’s dinner, although it was subsequently explained to me how that sort of defeats the purpose. [Read more →]
It’s been two years since Blood of TigerCat released “My Mom’s On Facebook.” Between YouTube, Vimeo, Funny or Die, and the numerous Czech-subtitled versions, the video has been viewed over 2.5 million times. Thank you to all of our fans out there who have viewed and shared our video! (Or, as we would say if we were in the Czech Republic, “děkuji to all of our fans out there who have viewed and shared our video!”)
We’re thinking of releasing an updated version for 2012. After all, much has changed on Facebook in those two years. Here’s a rough version of the lyrics… let us know your thoughts!
My Mom’s On Facebook 2012
There used to be a special place that always looked the same…
A sanctuary in cyberspace, but then it got really lame…
Why does Facebook go through updates all the freakin’ time?
My page looks like a mess because of this new redesign…!
First they changed the settings so it’s hard to get e-mail.
Then Timeline came along and set a new standard for “fail.”
It feels like they do updates just to mess around with us.
It’s getting to the point I’ll have to switch to Google Plus.
(But not really…)
CHORUS My mom’s on Facebook… But it’s not that easy to use. My mom’s on Facebook… Zuckerberg just wants to confuse. My mom’s on Facebook… They threw these redesigns at us… My mom’s on Facebook… …and now she can’t find my status.
Consider this a sketch comedy masterclass on how to keep expenses low: our brand new video features costumes that have already appeared in previous Back of the Class sketches! Do you remember which ones?
Due to the inspired recycling of these vital costume pieces, Back of the Class saved nearly $12.40 on the costume budget alone, which went a long way toward paying Borders the $1800 they charged us for one hour of exterior shooting.
We’re pleased to announce that our live tour will not be canceled, as it never existed in the first place! Our more perceptive readers would’ve presumably realized this already, given the myriad hints hidden in our tour announcement: for example, one of the comedians we claimed to be playing with is deceased, and no fewer than 60% of the “comedy clubs” on the schedule are fictional — just like our live comedy career! Consider this a belated April Fools joke from your favorite sketch comedians.
We’re sorry to announce that we’re canceling our upcoming live tour. In the planning of this ambitious undertaking, it became clear that too many creative differences existed between members of Back of the Class for the tour to possibly proceed as planned. For example, Max kept insisting that we trash the tour bus, with no regard to whether or not we got billed for that, and the rest of us were unable to convince him that this would be not only inadvisable but impossible, given that we had no tour bus. Also, Dan decided he didn’t want to take time off from not working, which certainly threw a wrench into things.
Check back here soon to see if and when these dates will be rescheduled.
After four years spent toiling in the unforgiving, un-lucrative world of web video, Back of the Class is proud to announce our first-ever nationwide comedy tour! During the upcoming summer months, we’ll be performing at a number of awesome venues, alongside a really impressive lineup of stand-ups and other sketch groups. Check the schedule below to see if we’re coming to a city near you!
06/17 - @ Tres Picos Comedy Club in Albuquerque, New Mexico (with Joe Mande) 06/20 - @ Giggle Gulch in Tyler, Texas (with Picnicface) 06/22 - @ The Grand Old Opera (not to be confused with the similarly-named Grand Old Opry) in Lebanon, Tennessee (with Olde English) 06/28 - @ The Laugh Roaster in Midlands, Texas (with Waverly Films) 07/01 - @ Jerry’s Chicken n’ Comedy in Pensacola, Florida (with The Landline) 07/04 - @ Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC (with the 42nd Infantry Division Army Band) 07/11 - @ The LOL Comedy Dungeon in Belvedere, Ohio (with Rob Delaney) 07/13 - @ Funny Horizons Comedy Club in Endicott, New York (with Greg Giraldo) 07/19 - @ The Erie County Wastewater Treatment Facility in Girard, Pennsylvania (with Horsehead Businessman) 08/03 - @ The Ha-Ha Hole in Culver City, California (with Dane Cook)
Back of the Class spent the last few months perfecting their new neuro-technological image enhancement device, Christmas Goggles, just in time for the holiday season. With very little scientific experience between the four of us, it was actually a really arduous and time-consuming project. You can imagine how relieved we were when we finally finished it and could move on to making a fun infomercial.
Next time, we’re actually considering just making the commercial, and not the actual product. What do you guys think? Is that cheating?
Concerned by the political homogeneity made prevalent by the perpetuation of a two-party system, the four members of Back of the Class decided to run as third-, fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-party candidates in the 2010 race for California’s governorship. Several minutes later, though, we realized that would be a lot of work, and decided to just make a funny sketch about a gubernatorial candidate instead. Enter Royce Carver.
Within hours of being posted, Royce has already been featured on several political websites. Our favorite thus far is this shout out on the French site ilovepolitics, which appeared under the headline “Royce Carver, le candidat qui veut tuer vos enfants” (“the candidate who wants to kill your children”).