"The Criminal Apes Sketch Comedy Team" is an internet based comedy variety show that was started by Pat Bell and Rey Shepherd in 2008. Beginning with The Real Life Adventures of Brad and Eddie. Since 2008, that first skit has received well over one thousand views on YouTube and cleared the way for more episodes utilizing a bigger crew of directors, cameramen and the like. Pat and Rey saw the opportunity to expand their talents into a broader territory, and The Criminal Apes Sketch Comedy Team was born. Influenced by shows like "The State" and "It's Always Sunny" and not unlike "Saturday Night Live, or Mad TV, Criminal Apes is a sketch comedy team of talented individuals who seek to film quality, thought provoking and sometimes controversial comedy. We have actors, directors, producers and extras ready to be a part of a now expanding team venture that started with two guys and a goal to make people laugh.
Criminal Apes has a fan site set up on Facebook and are in talks to produce their own website in the near future. These were created due to the demand by fans to see more, and the need for a Home base for fans to leave comments, post concerns and creative ideas, as well as leave their contact information so they too can be involved with our team and films and thereby expand our fan base and, hopefully, a new found love for the arts. Encouraging people to get involved as a community may lead to a new found appreciation for the arts in their own community as well. Which is another reason we are committed whole heartedly to this endeavor. Our venture supports art appreciation and encourages people to indulge in their creative side in a friendly and welcoming environment. We support free speech and diversity, as one of our mottos is Either its all funny, or none of it is. Our goal is to get people to explore, and also, criticize and analyze the world they live in, which is the hallmark of any great artist.
What we are doing as a local team of comedians and filmmakers is not unlike our local theater groups. Much like these organizations, we aim to bring the arts to our local community, not on stage, but on screen. Giving our patrons the opportunity to be part of the arts and to dive into the creative waters of filmmaking. We have found many enthusiastic patrons up for the task. Please feel free to visit "The Criminal Apes Sketch Comedy Team" on Facebook and see for yourself. Don't let the name fool you. Everything we film is 100% legal and 100% hilarious.
How You Can Help
Criminal Apes is looking for financial assistance for equipment to film our work on a more regular basis. Thereby keeping our momentum going and our name growing. Our contributors and local businesses have been very generous for letting us use their equipment to film and publicize our work. But like any other hard working American, they have obligations to their respected jobs and families. We need to have access to our own equipment to keep things moving and any financial contributions would be much appreciated. We are asking friends, family and fans to help aid us in this endeavor. Thank you for your time. And remember, in these hard times, sometimes laughter is the best medicine.