In 1998, Forbes and I started writing some ideas and the occasional script for what would be our first ever comedy video project, "Comic Wit". We were still in high school (only just) when we finally got around to doing a spot of filming. It was the final week of school for us both, which is why we got away with doing what we did.
The end result wasn't exactly what we had originally planned. Instead, it was an attempt at performing a newsroom sketch (which would later become a trademark of ours in our "Ducksel FM" series), followed by random acts of randomness with our good friend, Warren Constable-Brown, leading to a short and incomplete tour of the school. Also, due to some of the shenanigans while filming, we had the camera confiscated at the end, bringing production to a stand-still. The end result was a roughly 45-minute momento of our last week of high school.
Fast forward to around 2006-07. By this time we had quite a few episodes of "Ducksel FM" under our belts. I had discovered that MySpace (remember that?) had the ability to create comedy profiles for celebrities and lesser-known wannabes (such as ourselves) to promote their work. It was around this time that we tried putting ourselves out there with our comedy for the first time, as we had no real way of doing so until then. It was around this time that we made it known that we had a comedy video to share. However, we lacked the funding and the technology to get it online, let alone a computer.
In 2008, the time of the 10th anniversary of the existence of "Comic Wit" was approaching, and we wanted to celebrate this, because it also meant a decade of our comedy in general. Still lacking the technology at this time, the best option we could go with was making a soundtrack album of the video by recording the audio using the methods I know best. Obviously, only certain parts could be used due to some physical humour being present in the video. We then recorded an intro for the album along with a commentary. This album finally came out in December 2008. The commentary and intro pieces were recorded around September marking an approximate anniversary date of when the writing phase began.
For a few years now, I've been trying so hard to get this video online for you all to see. I once bought a DVD recorder from online. The machine worked well, but for some reason the remote control didn't work at all (and I needed it in order to make it do what it's supposed to). So I found myself waiting longer, missing the 15th anniversary mark for the video (in 2013).
But there has since been a breakthrough...
In the past week, I was able to grab a sweet deal for a new DVD recorder - with a working remote - but held back from announcing this, just in case that fell through as well. It's taken a while for me to get used to the functions - and to get past the frustration that I have to use a video converter just to rip the videos onto the computer - but I can now safely say that we now have the capabilities to transfer from VHS to PC/Mac!
Which is where the special announcement comes in. As of a few hours ago, I recorded "Comic Wit" onto a blank DVD and have successfully ripped it onto the hard drive. Therefore, it is with great pleasure for me to announce that your wait to see "Comic Wit" is nearly over!
There will be a few touch-up editing processes to go through first, along with a few extra bits here and there, but you can expect this video to be online sometime soon! Exciting times, yes? You're actually gonna get some new and/or unreleased material from us!
In addition to "Comic Wit", having a DVD recorder also means that we can finally go through "The Gosney Tapes" - a collection of VHS recordings by Forbes containing his Playstation 2 music compositions that haven't been released yet. This will commence a series of new releases for his Gosney project.
I love being the bearer of good news!
Will keep you posted on the progess we're making in both "Comic Wit" and Go