Those Aren't Muskets! are your port in a storm, your hot cup of tea on a cold winter's day, your daily dose of laughter-induced vomiting. Their dynamic new paradigm first synergized in 2007, when then-Heavyweight Champion of the World Abe "Ape" Epperson laid down his gloves in the ring, refusing to fight opponent Michael Swaim on the grounds that he "didn't want to hurt anyone anymore." The two embraced, the people of Mexico wept, and Those Aren't Muskets! was born. Since then, they've gotten their work featured on the front pages of Cracked, Funny or Die, Veoh, Revver, Youtube, Crackle, Break, Digg, Ebaum's World, College Humor, and, if you search for the term "Those Aren't Muskets," Google and Yahoo as well. Today, they continue to make funny from their mobile command unit in LA, while trying desperately to land jobs in the American Apparel factory.
Michael is head writer for Those Aren't Muskets, and performs in sketches regularly. He's a graduate of the UC San Diego department of theatre, a degree he is maliciously squandering by making stupid internet videos. He also contributes regularly to Cracked (the humor site, not the crack site) as a member of their group blog. He dreams of one day becoming a real boy.
Abe sleeps on the sets of Those Aren't Muskets!'s shoots, attracted by the warmth of the lights. A mysterious and magical animal, he is invisible to everyone except other members of the comedy group. Often, Abe is found on dark London streets howling and searching for his long, lost (also invisible) love. He also found the camera we use.
Matt, producer and sometimes actor, tries to bring a touch of class to Muskets with his bookish wit and vaguely British expressions. Often visible as a wispy shadow at the edge of the frame, he is truly a bard in a scarecrow's body. Matt collaborated with Michael and Abe in early theatrical performances of sketch and improv comedy at UCSD, where he introduced them to the Mangled Larry- a drink containing a liter of gin. Abe has never been the same. Matt is also a zombie.
Brian, also known as "The Talent" or simply "hey, meat!" is a sometimes featured and often shirtless actor for Those Aren't Muskets! A recent graduate of UC San Diego, Brian plans to put his theatre and comparative politics degrees to work in Los Angeles by appearing in Valtrex commercials. He fervently hopes that TAM! will catapult him to the heights of stardom enjoyed only by John Basedow and Michael Dorn. He never jokes about baseball.
Ryan is an actor, stagehand and marketing guru for TAM! He is an ambidextrous Irish-Mexican with a History degree from UCSD. If you enjoy Kibbles and Bits and/or John Steinbeck, feel free to thank Ryan, as his ancestors laid the foundation for both the dog food and characters of Cannery Row. Sadly, the evil and diabolical Brian Cricketts often attempts to smear Ryan’s wholesome name. From 1997-2002, Ryan was a hair model at the Barbazon School of Modeling. His hair was considered the "Citizen Kane" of his generation.
 
 
Those Aren't Muskets has had crew assistance and included performances by: Dav Yendler, Heather Pauley, Neil Parker, Nathan Turner, Matt Barrs, Ryan Severance, James Bak, Geoff Lapid, Jon Mikulanis, Sam Hunter, Amy Funder, Kelly Lockwood-Larson, Katie Willert, Baily Hopkins, Giovanni Velasco, Dan Rubiano, Matt Black, Brentan Schellenbach, Brian O'Donovan, Spencer Howard, Dan Shapiro, Sarah Kapp, Ellen Swaim, Matt Yonker, Gregory Moody, Caitlin Kennedy, Margaret Gray, Brittany Candau, Samantha Griffith, David Chien, Andrea del Rio, Cheetah Platt, David Swaim, Jonathan Hicken, Megan Petersdorf, Gary Porter, James Barker, Matt Bovee, Lee Montgomery, Erin Bennett, Ian Dickinson, Dylan Seaton, Katy Stoll, Daniel Gordh, Danny Mastrangelo, Tim Stampher, Dan O'Brien and Nick Walker.

People often ask us how we come up with sketch ideas. The answer is simple, although the process is not. It involves a series of wooden cups, each of a precise and different diameter, filled with volumes of water determined by the phases of the moon. Jupiter's moon. Also we're drunk a lot of the time, so that could be completely untrue.

I guess what I'm saying is, ideas are a fragile and fleeting mystery. For example, should our next sketch be about genitals or pooping? It's hard to say. You've got to put your ear to the ground, get the word on the street. If the word on the street is genitals, well, then... there you go.

In the end, the important question isn't where our ideas come from; it's where they're going. And that's usually the bottom of Abe's stew pot, where they simmer to perfection alongside a blend of secret herbs and encrypted spices. Mmm, them's good ideas.

DOES THAT ANSWER YOUR QUESTION, SMART GUY?

 

In case you're looking for some solid comedy to jazz up a lagging party, brighten an otherwise miserable existence, or just wile away a rainy afternoon, we've taken the liberty of watching a shitload of TV and synthesizing the finest in programming through a precise method known as "our opinions." In other words, here's some funny stuff that we think you may like and, more importantly for our indie cred, may not have heard of yet:

Peep Show - The worst friends ever live in the same flat. They so happen to be the kings of awkward comedy.
That Mitchell and Webb Look - The same guys have a sketch show that is better than we are.
Spaced - The people who brought you Shaun of the Dead in their first original series.
Stella - Ditto, but from the guys who brought you Wet Hot American Summer.
Mr. Show - Probably the best iteration of the "fluid sketch comedy" idea. Try it; you'll like it.
Home Movies - Adult Swim's forgotten gem.
Clerks: The Animated Series - There's only six episodes, but they're all better than Clerks II.
Superjail! - Drugs, violence, cartoons and other great things as well. Tex Avery reborn.
The Venture Bros. - The best designers in the business. All dressed up as Johnny Quest, golly!

Once you've watched all those, get back to us and we'll move on to books, comics, movies and video games. Maybe one day we can be the SAME PERSON!