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This week's SATURDAY SHORTS are sure tickle your funny bone.

Hello ladies and gentlemen, Muldoon here with a late night edition of SATURDAY SHORTS, a bash of crazy fun with comedy out the whazzoo. We've got some seriously funny shorts for you fine folk today with everything from refined intelligent humor to fart jokes. That all said, if you're the slightest bit pretentious, move along - this week's sole purpose is to put a smile on your face.

This week has been quite a shock to the system for all of us and I think a buffet of funny films is exactly in order. On a personal note, I literally pulled an unconscious man out of his truck on Wednesday while on the phone with 911 (Near Capitol Plaza - just north of 51st street on the feeder of IH 35 in Austin, TX) and that had a massive impact on my own world views, two days later on my way to work I hear about the horrendous monstrosity that happened the night before... I don't know about you, but laughter is more than welcome this weekend and as I've been fortunate to have so many wonderful comedies come my way, I'm incredibly excited to share them with you in the hopes that even just one of them might brighten your day. Sometimes you're left stupified at reality and that's the best time to escape into a film, a mental vacation where your job is to sit and enjoy something - that's what I present for you today, a vacation into the funny worlds created by your fellow AICN readers.

Go grab yourself some popcorn, lock your kids in a closet, kill the lights, relax and check out this little weekly film fest we've got ourselves here:


TRT: 4:10

What a treat, let's kick this shindig off with Justin Dec's short starring the ever so lovable Jim O'Heir, Jerry from PARKS AND REC, and guess what, it's funny as shit. "There's a reason they call him "Talking Carl".... While on a stakeout to case a jewelry store, a small time thief gets more than he bargained for when his new partner in crime just won't... stop... talking."



TRT: 0:42

Bam! Here's this chucklefest of a faux-ad from Mickey Cardoni & Ionas von Zezschwitz. It's 42 seconds of stupid fun. You may or may not like it, but I dig it. I'm curious to see more from these guys. It feels very much like they walked into a store and just shot without permission from anyone, and that I dig. This one feels BORAT-ish almost, but I'm a fan.




This next one comes to us from Landon Zakheim. "An account of the most important event in recorded History."




TRT: 6:59


Ever left your shopping cart out in the parking lot? Ever did wheelies with them down the aisles of a store? Ant Carpendale's short might just blow your mind and change how you shop.

Death Carts from Anthony Carpendale on Vimeo.


TRT: 20:58

Hudson Phillips has a kickass short here for us with a style I'm head over heels for. "A kid's show host tries to piece his life back together after his show is canceled, but his jealous animated co-host shows up causing trouble in his new-found love life."

Rooney's World from The Brothers Ray on Vimeo.

And that's it for this week guys and gals. If you enjoed any of these fun flicks, then bam - my job is complete. I dug each and every one of them for very different reasons, but that's just me. If you however hated all of them, please just go back to kicking puppies and twirling your handlebar mustache. 

If you're new to SATURDAY SHORTS and want to check out some other really cool shorts that have screened here, here's an evergrowing list of filmic fun:

Genre Explosions

Mixed Genre Bag

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Genre Mix

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Mixed Genre Bag






Supernatural Goodness


SciFi Explosions With Aliens

If you have a short and think it belongs here or are on the fence about whether to send it in, please do send it in - I'd love to see what you've put together. I've already seen hundreds of fresh new filmmakers' shorts and like any good addict, I need more!

Shoot me an email at ""

In the subject line include:

“SHORTS” + “Your film’s name” + “The film’s genre”

Then, in the body of the email, please include a synopsis of the film and any contact information you might think I need or would want published.

Please don’t feel the need to submit multiple times.  I swear to each of you I truly check every email I get, and sending the same short a few times just makes it a bit messier.

Remember, the filmmakers might still be in the audience, so feel free to share your thoughts in Talkbacks below. (JUST DON'T BE AN ASSHOLE). I picked them, so you know I think highly of all of these, but how about you fine folks? How'd you like 'em?



- Mike McCutchen



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  • July 21, 2012, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Share the 911 story, Muldoon

    by theBigE

    That sort of crazy stuff only happens rarely in real life! Way to be a hero.

  • July 21, 2012, 11:27 p.m. CST

    I offer this:

    by Ian Masterson

  • July 22, 2012, 2:20 a.m. CST

    SATURDAY NIGHT SHORTS — aka — Expect the unexpected!

    by justmyluck

    TALKING CARL TALKS TOO MUCH Seemed to borrow the high-pitched Alpha dog voice gag from Pixar's UP (and maybe the floating opening titles from Fincher's PANIC ROOM). Also reminded me a little of the wanna-be terrorists in FOUR LIONS using a kiddie VR chat room to plan their operations. Self-referential humor, and *the exquisite Names Girl* breaking the fourth wall, the highlights. Funny meter = 2/5. JOE'S COWBOY BOOTS Casting *is* half the battle! Funny meter = 4/5 DELMER BUILDS A MACHINE Buildup and payoff here a lesson in story economy. Funny meter = 3/5. DEATH CARTS Directorial exercise in emulating the zombie genre with carts. Nice miniature work on the baby cart. C'mon, not even one cart pulling a wheelie before the kill? Camera angles and editing well-honed. Zombie meter = buried the needle. Funny meter = 1/5. ROONEY'S WORLD Clever observation on the pitfalls of seeing the world like a child, while facing expectations and responsibilities involved with earning an adult living. Conjured up thoughts of child actors growing older, birthday clowns getting old in the tooth, etc. — without being depressing — retaining enough charm to be appreciated by kids. Direction, pristine cinematography, lead's boyish looks and acting hit the right notes. Support production on *Rooney* elements well-finessed. Funny meter = n/a. Overall this week = Funny meter @ 50%. Quality level = in the green!

  • July 22, 2012, 2:43 a.m. CST

    Thank your for some smiles!

    by Industrious Angel

  • July 22, 2012, 2:54 a.m. CST

    Thank you for some smiles!

    by Industrious Angel

    "Talking Carl" was not my favourite, maybe I just didn't get it. "Joe's Cowboy Boots" - high school fun, well why not :) "Delmer builds a machine": Very nice, I really liked the earnest smart boy. The gag was just an afterthought, watching Delmer build his thing was more fun! There's nothing like watching children go at it with a purpose. "Death Carts": Part Killer Tomatoes, part Monty Python's signpost-gang, there was nothing new or exciting in this, but the sex scene was well done. My favourite were the baby cart scenes on the playground during the credits, those really made me smile! My favourite this week: "Rooneys World" didn't really fit in this week bacause it's not a "gag" film but I really liked its sweet good-natured characters. Ella was great! This could be "funnier" if cut a bit (many scenes like in the restaurant are a few seconds too long for slapstick) but as it is I think it works even better; less laughs but more smiles.

  • July 22, 2012, 12:02 p.m. CST

    These shorts couldn't have come at a better time.

    by Kyle DeMattio

    Thanks, Muldoon!

  • July 22, 2012, 10:25 p.m. CST

    Official Selection of the 11th LA Comedy Festival

    by AMchannelEpicwish@Youtube

  • Aug. 8, 2012, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Thanks from Joe!

    by She Died Productions

    Thanks Talkbackers and Muldoon, for enjoying "Joe's Cowboy Boots". We're She Died Productions out of Barrie, Ontario Canada and we have over 50 shorts on YouTube that we're very proud of, including a kickass Rambo fan trailer and much more bizarre unhinged comedy! We also produced a feature length zombie flick called Walking Among the Dead. See yaz round :)

  • Aug. 8, 2012, 4:25 p.m. CST


    by She Died Productions

    Thanks for the compliment! BTW we did in fact sneak into a boot store and shoot it guerrilla style. Comes from filming our no-budget zombie feature with no permits haha

  • Aug. 8, 2012, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Re: Joe

    by She Died Productions

    Yes, casting is truly important! Check out Mickey Cardoni in many other brilliant character comedy turns by searching She Died Productions on YouTube. Thanks!

  • Aug. 8, 2012, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Re: Joe

    by She Died Productions

    If you like this one, She Died Productions has mastered this bewildering style of entertainment, although "Joe's" is our most popular short so far. Look us up on YouTube! :)