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The Sifl And Olly Show was a comedy show on MTV with sock puppets, animation, and music. Created and performed by musicians Liam Lynch and Matt Crocco, friends since childhood. The first episode aired in 1997, and the show was canceled in 1999.The two main characters are a black sock puppet named Sifl and a white sock puppet named Olly. Sifl is the calmer (though less responsible) leader of the show, while Olly is excitable and often breaks into crazed furies. Their assistant Chester is shy and often incoherent, and claims to be great at everything. Only puppets appear on the show, except during Precious Roy's hamster sale.The show is always very simple and low-budget, showing only the characters and background images or animation. The two co-hosts often have a microphone in front of them. The show has an extemporaneous unscripted feel, with the characters talking to each other in a realistic, conversational style. Sifl and Olly sing both original and classic songs throughout the show, with an original song at the end. Though it featured sock puppets, the series was not intended for children. The humor often featured profanity, surrealism, sexual references, drug innuendo, crude humor, bodily functions, and violence.Regular segments included "Precious Roy's Home Shopping Network", where Olly would briefly lose what sanity he had left to sell very dangerous or impossible products to people; "Calls From the Public", which is exactly what it sounds like (and always includes a call from their landlord who threatens to evict them for some very weird reasons, like collecting monkeys and building a waterpark); "A Word with Chester" (later "Letters To Chester") where Olly would spend a little time talking to Chester, since he wanted to give him a spot on the show; and finally "It's Almost the End of the Show!" where the duo would sing a song, many of which were recycled into the "Kickin' It Old School" segments of season 2.Starting in September 2012, the show has been revived as a "review" show on YouTube. The first "season" was on Machinima's account, but now the second has started on the Nerdist channel. Watch the initial trailer here. Olly seems to be the leader this time around (since he's the gamer of the two), but time will tell how long that lasts.
The Ace: Zafo. Musician extraordinaire. Able to play 15+hour shows (on top of Mt. Rushmore!) without batting an eyelid. His voice itself is musical (he talks Vocoder/electric-guitar-like). When he calls the show, the boys can only bask in his awesome in fanboyish glee. He is so awesome, the Earth has been saved from destruction (twice!) by the mere mention of his name.
Cloudcuckoo Lander: Primarily Chester (who is probably high), but both Sifl and Olly have their moments as well. Precious Roy is an extreme case, since he primarily shouts gibberish, except for "You guys are SUCKERS!"
Corpsing: While trying to sing "Baby for Gravy" they keep flubbing the tongue-twisting lines, and end up laughing their rear ends off.
Everything's Worse With Bears: Apparently singing the Sifl and Olly theme song will summon bears and entice them to attack you. They used this trick when the IRS called.
Eye Beams: Olly's got laser eyes, and he knows what you're thinking.
Follow the Bouncing Ball: Parodied in their performance of "Omega" (see Overly Long Gag): Over the course of the seven minute song, the bouncing ball disappears and returns wearing earmuffs to muffle the sound of the music, disappears again and returns hanging from a noose, and finally appears again with a halo and angel wings.
Honest John's Dealership: The "Precious Roy" ads, which are always ridiculous, either because they're obviously fake (chicken-flavored air conditioning - a fan with a chicken wing on the front), or because they rationally should not exist, but do. (A bottomless swimming pool.)
Hot-Blooded: Olly, particularly during Precious Roy segments.
When reviewing the game Red Head Redemption, Olly's character kills and skins a man who called his character a Tomato Goblin, which gives him +1 Skin and +1 Meat (this is a mechanic in the actual game, albeit with animals, not people). Sifl balks at this until Olly reassures him that human meat Tastes Like Chicken, "a real big chicken", and that he loves to take it home and fry it up.
Running Gag: The Precious Roy segments are filled with the same jokes, including the "Sold" counter running down instead of up, and Precious Roy's shouted non-sequiturs, followed by his catchphrase, "Suckers!"
Sanity Slippage: Olly always loses his cool while describing the Precious Roy products, often for no apparent reason. He also lost it when describing ''Red Head Redemption".
Screwed by the Network: The show aired two seasons. The third, un-aired season is available on DVD. Then it came back as a 5 minute long parody video game review show on Machinima and then Nerdist.
Sleeper Hit: The song "The United States of Whatever," which first appeared on the show in 1999, suddenly became a big radio hit as a novelty song in 2002 when singer Liam Lynch released it as a single.
Smoking Is Cool: Quoted by Stealth, who has facial piercings and a cigarette hanging out of his mouth and is constantly billowing smoke. He likes to talk about death and destruction. He's also there to kick Olly's ass.
Stoner Flick: A surreal sock puppet show airing late on MTV. It doesn't take a genius to figure out who the intended audience was. It's still hilarious to sober people. That, and Chester is clearly high, as he has trouble telling what's real. When he walked on a set for Star Worlds (a rip-off of Star Wars), he actually thought he was in space and that BYOB Kenobi was going to kill him.
Strictly Formula: Each episode featured the same set of segments, all announced beforehand, including "Calls from the Public" and "Precious Roy." Precious Roy segments would also follow the same formula: Sifl and Olly would introduce the product, during which time Sifl would admit to having a specific problem. Sifl would agree that Sifl has "serious-ass _____ problems" that the product would solve. They'd take some calls and Sifl would lose his temper, then they'd hear from Precious Roy, who would spout a non-sequitur and finish with his catchphrase, "Suckers!"
Talking to Plants: And plants are more than willing to talk back. And cuss you out. And throw bricks through studio windows.
Throw It In: Liam Lynch as Olly has a tendency to crack up, usually in reaction to Chester.