One of the best kept secrets in comedy (certainly in the UK, where much of their work has never been shown) is the PFFR collective, a New York based art/music/comedy collective that consistently produces some of the most uncompromisingly weird material to be found anywhere. Founded on the writing partnership between Vernon Chatman and John Lee, with animation and design by Alyson Levy and John Tozzi, PFFR’s work is characterized by an almost militant desire to transcend convention, avoid clichés, and disturb and disorient at every turn. Insanely stratified wordplay features heavily; as does an eagerness to not so much slay sacred cows, as stitch them together into a cow centipede and torture them to death.
When a nine year old from Chicago named Randi Peters uploaded the first episode of the 'Octocat Adventures' in March 2008, the crude MS Paint animation, hyperactive voice acting and Freud-bothering content ensured that the video soon went viral - not Susan Boyle viral, but fairly contagious all the same. Inevitably YouTube commenters began to debate almost instantly whether this really was the work of an American kid, particularly as, as the episodes continued, the jokes started to become gradually more complex and sophisticated, whilst retaining the coarse art style and unfettered child-like imagination also found in something like Axe Cop. By the end of the fifth episode, though, the jig was pretty much up, and it was clear that Randi Peters might not exactly be who he said he was. See for yourself: