For a few years back in the late 1990′s and early 2000′s there seemed to be an ever-growing barrage of AOL discs in our mailboxes. Sometimes once a week, then a few times a week.. and eventually what seemed to be every damned day!
The Chaps gang found some fun new uses for the discs.
The year was 2000. A group of young amateur filmmakers were spending their free time shooting comedy sketches for their show “Chaps”, which aired on public access in Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls. “The Matrix” inspired a few of these parody videos including this one used as the show intro to the final episode (57).
Even though the acting was shoddy at best and wardrobe was non-existent, the editing and comedic timing in many spots still stands strong 15 years later.
Ah yes, back when television commercials were simple and straight to the point. It’s Leinenkugel’s Original — the beer that only Chippewa Falls natives can truly appreciate. It’s no Shandy or Oktoberfest, but there’s just something special about it if you’re from Chippewa.
While digging through the vault I found an original Hi-8 analog tape of the Chaps crew filming episode #3. No other unreleased/raw video of these sessions exists but this one, and what a gem it is!
It became clear quickly that this episode was probably the least organized of them all after watching a bit of this tape, but it has provided some of the most ridiculous and random moments to enjoy now!
Starring: Kevin Schmidt, Ryan Peterson, Joshua Kuter, Geoff Pope, Raji Alowairdi, Christopher Kuter.