I kind of stumbled upon BriTANick (rhymes with titanic) while watching different sketch/improv groups on youtube and they are one of the best.
Brian and Nick first met in Atlanta, GA at the Atlanta Workshop Players Performing Arts Camp. In 2004 they shipped off to New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. They worked together sporadically until finally deciding to unite themselves under the BriTANicK flag. Here’s how it works, Brian and Nick write, direct, edit, and act in all of the videos. If ever they are in need of assistance, as is often the case, they call upon their army of friends to come to the rescue.
Here are a few of their videos:
Academy Award Winning Movie Trailer
The Bathroom Pep Talk
The Morning Routine
Two longer projects:
Eagles Are Turning People Into Horses: The Movie
Brian McElhaney’s 2008 NYU Thesis Film, based on a script he and Nick Kocher wrote that garnered no support or money from any of the faculty, and nearly got him thrown out of class.
Portlandia is a fantastic sketch comedy show on IFC starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein. The second season just started and we are in store for ten episodes as opposed to the first season’s six. The first season is available on DVD or from itunes or most of the episodes can be pieced together from the clips on Hulu.
Even if you have never been to Portland (I haven’t), you will love this show. It is like the best sketches from SNL + a dash of familiar weird people + hippie/hipster mocking = HILARIOUS! Carrie and Fred play versions of themselves and lots of other reoccurring characters. Each episode has one main story broken up into three or four parts with other sketches throughout.
They are going on a live tour (yay!) and you can check out the dates here.