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The Sifl and Olly Show is a TV show that used sock puppets and animation. Musicians Liam Lynch and Matt Crocco, friends since childhood, created and performed the series. The first episode aired on MTV in 1997 and the show was cancelled in 1999. This article describes sock puppets in general. ... Liam Lynch Liam Lynch (born September 5, 1970) is a musician, puppeteer, and director. ... MTV (Music Television) is an American cable television network headquartered in New York City. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ...

Sifl and Olly
Sifl and Olly

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Recent Activity

MTV, who maintains ownership of the first two seasons of Sifl and Olly episodes, was reluctant to release the episodes onto any purchasable format (such as DVD). However, their ownership of the characters has lapsed [citation needed], and as of 2006 Liam Lynch has been including the sock puppets in occasional appearances on his podcasts. The podcasts can be found at http://www.liamlynch.net under the "podcasts" menu option.


History

The Sifl & Olly Show started when Crocco and Lynch were kids taping funny conversations with tape recorders. Throughout the years, they would play the tapes for family and friends. In the early 1990s, while attending college in London, Lynch found some of their old tapes again. He videotaped himself acting out the tapes with sock puppets he named Sifl and Olly. He sent some of the tapes to Crocco as a Christmas present, but also sent copies to MTV and MTV Europe. This article is 150 kilobytes or more in size. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Christmas or Christmas Day is an annual holiday that marks the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. ... MTV (Music Television) is an American cable television network headquartered in New York City. ...


Although MTV America rejected them, MTV Europe liked them. In 1996, MTV-UK began airing Sifl & Olly clips between music videos as "idents." The popularity of the clips led to MTV America offering a half-hour format called The Sifl & Olly Show in July 1998. The show aired late at night, but later on they were moved to the evenings. 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ...


In the first season, clips of Sifl and Olly were mixed with music videos. Whenever the show was aired again, the music videos would be removed, leaving only the comedy clips. The show gained a cult following, but was cancelled after the second season. A third season was recorded and MTV promised to release the episodes on the Internet, but never did. The lost episodes were eventually released on DVD.


Premise

The two main characters were a dark green sock puppet named Sifl and a white sock puppet named Olly. Sifl was the calmer leader of the show while Olly was more excitable and often broke into crazed furies. Their assistant, Chester (made out of an inverted mold for a Buddha statue combined with a sleeve), was a mumbling, often nonsensical character who still claimed to be great at everything. No real living people or animals ever appeared on the show (except the hamster during Precious Roy's foot long hamster sale), only puppets. Media:Example. ...


The show was always very simple and low-budget. Most of the show had the main characters hunched over a microphone with weird images projected in the background. The show had an unscripted feel with the characters talking to each other in realistic, often meandering styles. Sifl and Olly would sing both original and classic songs throughout the show with an original song at the end. Though it featured puppets, the series was not intended for children. The humor, while always good natured, often featured profanity, sexual references, crude humor, bodily functions, and violence.


Regular segments

Often preceded by familiar intro screen and a short theme song, the segments included:

  • Precious Roy's Home Shopping Network - a parody of the Home Shopping Network with bizarre products like Civil War Corpses, CAT Scan Glasses, Chicken flavored air conditioner, and a bottomless swimming pool. The network was run by Precious Roy, who would yell random unrelated lines, ending with "suckers!". The slogan of Precious Roy was "making lots of suckers out of girls and boys." Sifl and Olly were employed as salesmen for the Network, and Olly inexplicably seemed to go progressively insane during these segments, often yelling crazed accusations at callers.
  • Calls from the Public - Sifl and Olly would take calls supposedly from "the public", but they were just random and often bizarre characters (usually sock puppets) who would call with problems or complaints. The most common calls coming from the pair's landlord, who would complain about one or more of their antics, often involving monkeys.
  • Rock Facts - At commercial breaks, the Rock Facts question would be asked and answered when they returned. The answers were always lies and often involved the singer Bj√∂rk. This segment was dropped by the second season.
  • Interview Time - Guests interviewed included Death, an atom, and G-spot & Orgasm. Sometimes they would announce a famous person that was going to be interviewed, but it would always turn out that the guest couldn't make it (unless the guest was in fact an inanimate object).
  • S & O News - Sifl and Olly would pretend to report on the (generally surreal) news. Often Olly would sing nonsensical lyrics to accompany the lead in music (much to the chagrin of Sifl). Sifl, however, would break his professionalism during the segment to refer to his girlfriend, Serena Altschul, either by sending her a message or by praising her.
  • A Word with Chester - Sifl and Olly would take a break from other show activities to speak with their friend Chester, who misinterpreted their questions and in general had difficulty focusing on any one subject for any extended period of time. Olly took point in these segments, because Crocco, who provided the voice for Sifl, also provided the voice of Chester. In the second season, a new segment called "Letters to Chester" was added, which was essentially the same premise (including using the same theme music), with the addition of Olly reading a letter addressed to Chester at the start of the segment.
  • And Now... ROCK - A song is performed by one or more of the characters
  • It's Almost the End of the Show - Every episode ends with a song performed by Sifl and/or Olly, occasionally with vocal assistance by other characters.
  • Kickin' it Old School - Introduced in the second season, a song from the "And Now... ROCK" or "It's Almost the End of the Show" segments is simply re-aired, occasionally with the pre-song banter cut out.

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Characters

  • Sifl - Voiced by Matt Crocco. His body is a dark green sock with yellow, reptilian eyes and what appear to be green leaves protruding from the top of his head. Sifl is often portrayed as the calm leader of the show. He is skilled at picking up women and is something of a technological wiz, capable of building and programming robots and somehow performing maintenance on a spacebound satellite without leaving the studio. Although childhood friends with Olly, he is subtly manipulative and often deceives Olly or uses him as a scapegoat. He is often shown to have wasted the show's budget on mysterious ventures that are never described on screen, resulting in everything from guests canceling to mafia threats. An episode in the second season implies that he was once married to Olly's mom and is, in fact, Olly's father (despite also being childhood friends with Olly).
  • Olly - Voice by Liam Lynch. His body is a white sock with large, brown eyes and a dog-like nose. He wears a sweater, or more specifically a sweater sleeve. Olly is emotional and prone to fits of violence, and prone to bouts of total insanity during Precious Roy ads. He is easily deceived and has difficulty with women. He has difficulty holding back his laughter at times, especially when he's talking with Chester. Olly originally performs My United States of Whatever, one of the most successful songs from Lynch's Fake Songs CD. The song was performed in response to Sifl bringing several of Olly's ex-girlfriends to the show so they could make fun of Olly.
  • Chester - Voiced by Matt Crocco. His body is an inverted mould for a Buddha figurine for a head, while a sweater sleeve composes most of his body. This gives him a distinct shape, resulting in a vacant smile and the appearance of innards in his mouth. His eyes are the same as Olly's, with the addition of large, petal-like eyebrows. Chester announces the beginning of the show, though he is not skilled at the task, occasionally referring to Sifl & Olly by the wrong names (such as Starsky and Hutch), or simply refusing to perform the announcement. Usually laughs softly as he talks. Chester considers himself a Don Juan, though the other characters imply that Chester has never been with a woman. He is very forgetful, often forgetting that he lives in the studio, that he is on a television show, or that the fans in the "Letters to Chester" segments aren't in the studio. He is obsessed with cereal, and it is implied that he eats it constantly, though he is rarely seen doing so on screen. He collects water, which he proudly proclaims to possess the entire set of (in the form of ice, steam, and regular water). He occasionally wanders into other skits, usually while eating a sandwich, and often doesn't realize that the skits aren't real (such as thinking that he had wandered into space while entering the set of a Star Wars parody). He is occasionally sold or traded by Olly, such as being sold to a freak show for $20 or used to pay Sifl's debt to the mafia.
  • Precious Roy - Also voiced by Crocco. His body is a green sock with enormous eyes (pointing in different directions) and a pair of wire glasses. The puppeteer's hand is positioned awkwardly within the sock, adding to Precious' bizarre persona. He is the owner of the "Precious Roy Home Shopping Network," which Sifl & Olly are spokesmen for. He speaks in non sequiturs, seems unaware of what his products actually are, and punctuates his last sentence of the segment with "suckers!".
  • Cody - Voiced by ??? An friend of Sifl and Chester, but not so much Olly. Often Cody will stop by the show to confirm plans with Sifl for later; usually involving hookers or other unseemly behavior.
  • Stealth - Voiced by Liam Lynch. A violent degenerate with a grudge against Olly. (Olly rode a go-kart through Stealth's Bar Mitzvah). Sifl and Olly eventually defeat him by singing Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It", which somehow ejects Stealth from Earth's atmosphere. Is perpetually smoking a cigarette.
  • Julio - A small toddler who calls the show, usually to ask for advice. Although an infant he has surprisingly advanced linguistics.
  • Zafo - A rock musician who speaks in electric guitar distortions. He is idolized by Sifl and Olly as well as a number of other characters in the show. On more than one event the world has been marked for destruction by a creature or object from space that was using the shows "Call from the public" forum to announce a final warning only to be left with a "tough decision to make" when they discovered that Zafo had a show that night.
  • Peto and Flek - The main characters of Sifl and Olly's favorite show from their childhood. Peto is portrayed as being rude and vulgar, while Flek can only speak by saying the sound "guh-guh-guh-guh".
  • Jimmy - Sifl & Olly's camera man, his dialogue usually cannot be heard clearly and he rarely appears on screen.
  • The Landlord - Voiced by Liam Lynch. The landlord for Sifl & Olly's apartment (some episodes, however, imply that the duo actually live in their studio. It is possible that they simply tape their show in their apartment, but some segments clearly imply that the two are "not home" during taping). He is made out of an opaque brown stocking with grey yarn hair and eyebrows. He also has a tattered white sleeve covering most of his body, giving him a disheveled appearance. This is enhanced by the puppeteer, whose knuckles are positioned prominently in the puppet, increasing its aggressive appearance. The Landlord frequently calls during the "Calls to the Public" segments to yell at Sifl and Olly about something they're doing on his property, such as breeding monkeys or building a water slide. He threatens to kick them out regularly, but the duo has already built a moat around their apartment filled with crocodiles and guarded by archer monkeys.
  • Champs 1 Team - A group of students, led by "John from Ohio University," who won the "Sifl & Olly: Free Access to the Moon" contest, in which they were launched in a space ship to the moon for a three-year mission. However, they weren't given any tasks to perform during their mission, and Sifl & Olly assumed the team would simply enjoy the freedom of being on the moon, such as the fact that there are no police on the moon. Before long all of the crew has died but one member, who eventually launches himself into the sun after pushing a wrong button.
  • Grout - Voiced by Matt Crocco. A black and white striped long stocking with round yellow eyes on what look like black pipe cleaners. He is a self-proclaimed space expert who shows up as a guest or as host of his game show, trivia trapezoids.
  • Paul Rogers - Voiced by Matt Crocco. Disgruntled host of 'Functions of the Family', "Your 8000 step plan to better living". Intended as a self-help plan, he apparently went through some bad events recently. As such, his show generally devolves within seconds to him crying about his current situation in life, (specifically "I DON'T HAVE A FAMILY!") and screaming at his unseen announcer, Dale. The typical episode ends with Dale quitting. Paul is one of the few non-sock puppet characters, played by a plastic elf hand puppet.
  • Aesop Jones - A television chef, and another of the few non-sock characters (he is simply a doll dressed like a chef). Aesop's speech is incomprehensible. All his cooking endeavors seem to involve him actually cooking himself, somehow transforming his actual body into whatever it was he was supposed to be cooking (such as covering himself in dough, dipping his head into a vat of lard, and emerging with his head as a perfect, chocolate frosted doughnut). In the second season he has a female assistant (made out of a sock) whom he is romantically involved with.
  • Jargon Scott - A salesperson who often turns up on the "Calls From the Public" portion of the show to try and sell legless dogs to Sifl and Olly. Jargon constantly tries to explain to them the benefits of owning legless dogs, such as: they never run away, you never have to walk them, they're safe around children, etc. When this doesn't convince them to buy, he often enlists the help of a telemarketer named Cindy to use typical telemarketing fast talk and special offers to trick them into buying his "hot, legless dogs." The call usually ends with Jargon interrupting Cindy, exclaiming "You guys don't know what you're missing...I got legless dogs here!"

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Popularity

Fans of the show call themselves "sockheads." There is a lively group online trading videos and petitioning MTV to release the entire series on DVD. One group even recorded a tribute CD recreating some of their favorite songs called Banging on Some Pots and Pans. They also organized a convention in Nashville called Socks 2001. For other cities named Nashville, see Nashville (disambiguation). ...


Also, as the show's only "celebrity guest", skateboarder Tony Hawk made a guest appearance on the show in Season 3, providing his own voice to accompany a puppet made to resemble him. This does not cite its references or sources. ... Tony Hawk This article is about the American skateboarder. ...


Cartoonist Aaron McGruder is also a fan of the show. On one episode of his TV show The Boondocks, Huey exclaims to his Grandfather's girlfriend that he is doing "prostitute laundry", which could be a direct reference to Sifl & Olly's song of the same name. Aaron McGruder (born May 29, 1974 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American cartoonist best known for writing and drawing The Boondocks, a Universal Press Syndicate comic strip about two young African-American brothers from inner-city Chicago now living with their grandfather in a sedate suburb. ... For the originating definition of Boondocks, see Boondock. ...


Award-winning writer J. Michael Straczynski was also a noted fan of the show, and at one time Lynch and Crocco were planning a JMS sock voiced by Straczynski until the show was canceled. [1] Joseph Michael Straczynski (born July 17, 1954) is an award-winning American writer/producer of television series, novels, short stories, comic books, and radio dramas. ...


There is also a brief Sifl n Olly mimic in the "Baloonenstein" episode of Adult Swim's TV show Aqua Teen Hunger Force. About half of the way into the episode Meatwad can be seen watching television. They cut to a close up of the TV screen and it's a pair of sock puppets, one black and one white, dancing back and forth. Aqua Teen Hunger Force (also known as ATHF or simply Aqua Teen) is an American animated television series shown on Cartoon Network as part of its Adult Swim late-night programming block. ...


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