The video presentation for Monkey Xmas has been an integral part of the festivities from day one.
To some, a video presentation might seem a little strange. Who does a video for a party?
To best understand why, you have to know that the founders of Monkey Xmas either worked or still work in television. As such, we had done a corny send up of a sit-com, which we called "Aw, Shaddup!" Completely unrelated to Monkey Xmas, it was filled with in-jokes and was intended as an elaborate practical joke, the details of which we will not bore you with here.
We showed it at the first party and it was a hit. The following year, we made another. We broadened the humor just a bit, but it was still filled with jokes that only people who knew us would understand.
As the party grew and more and more "outsiders" were brought into the fold, we ditched the in-jokes and decided to go with humor that more or less anyone could understand. They might not think it was funny, but dammit, they would understand it.
Over time, "Aw, Shaddup!" has gone through several stages of evolution. From a one off video done as a joke, to sketch comedy to an episodic series. Presented here are the "best" of what we've done. We won't put up the early stuff. They're pretty damned horrible and we find it increasingly hard to believe that people ever really liked them at all. Perhaps they were just being polite.
Each year we swear that the video we've just done will be the last one. It's time consuming and, as per tradition, we inevitably wait until the last possible minute to get it done. And yet, each year, we come back. We churn out one more. It's for the people. We do it for the people. (That's you. You're the people).
Collier, Garibay and Harrison!