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98/365 – Team Submarine!

Team Submarine!  If you don’t already know it, you should remember that name.  Steve O’Brien and Nate Fernhold – the two members of this unbelievable sketch comedy duo.  Last night I had the pleasure of playing a walk on roll on their show for the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival.  These guys have been performing fro 7 years and they just get better and better.  I’m always flattered to be asked to help perform for them.  I’ve helped them with 4 shows, playing minor characters for their famous finales.  Here’s a quick, but non-spoiler, recap of those finales.

1) Old Wolverine.


I'm the best at what I do . . . fart.

Yep.  You got it.  Old Wolverine was ressureected for this show.  Who’s Old Wolverine?  Oh, you poor soul.  This is Old Wolverine from Halloween.  This was Team Submarine’s 2nd Sketchfest performance.  They had done a sketch called Mannequin Dick, referring to the androgynous part of a mannequin.  They had somehow fashonied a loin piece of a mannequin onto to Steve or Nate – I can’t remember.  All I remember was the visual was insane.  At the end of the show, they sang a song called Mannequin Dick and brought out flag wavers, dancers, musicians . . . and a fight between Chewbacca and Old Wolverine.  It made no sense but was quite a sight!

2) Gaybie

Heyyy! Hoooo! Waaa!

Somehow, I can not quite remember the through line to this show.  What I do remember was Steve said he was getting married and Nate kept trying to give Steve a bachelor present in the form of a male stripper – supposedly because he thought Steve was gay.  At one point Steve’s “fiancée” came on stage (played by SNLs Vanessa Bayer) and said he was gay.  At the end of the show, a bunch of us came out and danced for Steve.  We were dressed in diapers, had pacifiers and baby oil all over us.  We were gaybies.

3) Uncle Bob

Take a picture of this!

In on of the more inspired ideas, at the end of a show, Steve and Nate decided to take a picture of the audience to remember the night.  As they snapped pictures they kept finding problems (like the whole Audience blinking in a photo) and removing undesirable elements from the crowd that they thought were ruining the picture – men, tall people, old people, people wearing hats . . . They did this till they were in the house all by themselves and the audience was all on stage behind the camera.  I played Uncle Bob who, when Steve and Nate first hot a good picture of the audience, walked out with a hot dog.  I was supposed to be that uncle who always shows up after a picture was taken so they had to do another one – which led to the removal of undesirables.

4) Dieter

He's as happy as a little girl!

Tonight, I played Dieter – the Saturday Night Live Character played by Mike Meyers who was the German talk show host of Sprockets.

A weird, effeminate man wearing all black and splashed in an oddball German avant-garde, he coined such phrases as “Touch my monkey,” “I’m as happy as a little girl,” and, “Now is the time on Sprockets in which we dance.”   Well, for this show, Steve accidentally hypnotized Nate into being Austin Powers.  By the end of the show, they needed a bunch of Mike Meyers characters to help them foil an evil scientist’s plot to destroy the audience.  So, out pops Wayne from Wayne’s World, Shrek, The LOve Guru and Dieter.  We beat up the scientist and saved the day.  It was magical.

If you ever have a chance to see these guys, please do.   You can visit them at http://teamsubmarine.net/.

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